Quarter Master's Clutch Performance of the Week
Who Came Through in The Clutch This Time?
As Decided by the Staff of Speed51.com
Performing in the clutch is what seperates a winning driver from the rest of the pack. Flexing muscle at the right time is something that true talents posess. Often luck plays a big role in winning versus losing, but being able to squeeze just enough strength out at the perfect opportunity is what separates winners from losers. Performing in the clutch doesn't necessarily mean winning, however; it's all about making the most from what you've got.
That's why Quarter Master, providers of winning clutches & driveline components to racers from Super Speedway to the Bullring, from IRL to Rally, from NASCAR to the "Weekend Warrior," is proud to honor a weekly "Clutch Performance of the Week" from the short track ranks of America. Each week, an esteemed panel of short track industry insiders will vote on which drivers came through in the clutch. The driver or team with the most votes will then be the "Clutch Performance of the Week." At the end of the 2010 season, the driver or team that received the most votes throughout the season will then be the "Clutch Performer of the Year" and will be awarded a clutch kit from Quarter Master, valued at $3,500 - just like the 2008 Quarter Master Clutch Performer of the Year winner Eddie MacDonald and the 2009 winner Jeff Fultz.
This week's "Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week" goes to ...
Outlaw Super Late Models
There was $20,000 on the line for the winner of the Summer Sizzler 100 at New Paris Speedway (IN) last week. That attracted some really good Outlaw Super Late Model teams for the event.
Competitors like Bobby Stremme, Scott Hantz, Steve Needles, Tyler Roahrig, Brian Ross and Terry Senneker were all there and they were all hungry for the winner's check.
Everyone in the field had plenty of pressure on them, but nobody shrugged that off like eventual race winner Phil Bozell.
Bozell also had to deal with the pressure of "
Madhouse" style restarts where drivers had to pick which lane they wanted to restart in on he fly. But that didn't worry him either.
When all was said and done at New Paris, Bozell won his first Summer Sizzler event.
That performance allowed Phil Bozell to be
named as our Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week winner this time around.
His victory in the Summer Sizzler wasn't a fluke either. Just two nights later, Bozell also won the tune-up to the Kalamazoo Klash at Kalamazoo Speedway (MI). Even though he didn't win the actual Klash last night, two victories out of three races isn't bad at all.
Here are our honorable mentions for this week:
Joey Coultier (ARCA) - Having to best guys like hometrack hero Brian Campbell and ARCA legend Frank Kimmel on a rough and tumble short track like Berlin Raceway (MI) isn't easy - especially when you are gunning for your first career ARCA Racing Series victory. But Joey Coultier didn't let that pressure get to him as he trucked on to the victory in Saturday night's ARCA event at the track. For that accomplishment, he earned an honorable mention in this week's Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week competition.
Cassius Clark (SLM) - There really wasn't anything easy about Cassius Clark's trip North of the Border to compete in the Atlantic CAT 250 at Scotia Speedworld (NS) last weekend. He was there for one of the three biggest Super Late Model/Pro Stock races in the Canadian Maritimes all year (For race fans deep within the United States - the other two are the IWK 250 at Riverside Speedway and the Peterbilt 250 at New Brunswick's Speedway 660). He was driving an unfamiliar car in place of driver Jonathan Hicken, whose skipped the race to attend the wedding of a dear friend. Plus, in addition to the pack of great Canadian drivers, he also had to deal with one of the short trackers from the United States - Ben Rowe - who was in the field.
But Clark made it all look easy and drove to a dominating victory in the event. Clark actually led 227 of the race's 250 laps. That was good enough to also earn him a few votes in this week's competition.
LW Miller (WSMT) - We seem to remember a NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour event at Bowman Gray Stadium a few years back when LW Miller got in all kinds of trouble. We also seem to remember after the race, he professed his hatred for the place known as "The Madhouse".
Things changed for Miller last Saturday night though. The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour point leader not only survived a race at Bowman-Gray Stadium, he won it.
That performance earned Miller notice from our voting panel this week and led to an honorable mention.
Todd Szegedy (WMT) - Todd Szegedy didn't let the pressure associated with the longest winless streak of his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour career get to him last Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway (CT). Instead, he just ended that nasty little streak by winning the race. Now that's the way to overcome pressure!
Jonathan Brown (Mods) - Winning in front of the "Madhouse" crowd of fans at Bowman Gray Stadium (NC) is never easy. Doing it on the same weekend as the annual NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event there brings even more pressure due to the added attention that the tour brings. But Jonathan Brown didn't miss a beat when he won the Friday night Modified feature at the track - earning one vote from our panel in the process.
Quarter Master salutes Phil Bozell on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Phil Bozell (Outlaw SLM)
2. Joey Coultier (ARCA)
3. Cassius Clark (SLM)
4. LW Miller (WSMT)
5. Todd Szegedy (WMT)
2010 Cumulative Winners
Preston Peltier (2x)
Darrell Wallace, Jr.
Bobby Santos, III
Tommy St. John
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