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 ...
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
Whenever a full-fendered NASCAR development series hits a road course, it's a safe bet that Andrew Ranger will be in victory lane. He's done it in both the NASCAR K&N West and East Series so far this year, plus a few road course wins in his home country of Canada in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.
So you may be thinking, why is Ranger's Canadian Tire Series victory such a winning performance for this week's Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week?
Well, this win was not like most of the others. On Saturday at Trois-Rivieres in Quebec, the defending NCTS Champion overcame an early trip into a retaining barrier after battling with J.R. Fitzpatrick for the lead on lap two, fought back and took the lead for the final time with a thrilling three-wide pass on the race's last restart for his third-straight win at Trois-Rivieres.
That performance allowed Andrew Ranger to be
named as our Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week winner this time around.
As one of our panelists said, "I want to put Andrew Ranger as clutch performer. He wrecked with JR Fitzpatrick at the beginning of the race. Came back and took the lead at the end of the race with a daring 3-wide move. He's the man."
Here are our honorable mentions for this week:
Tim Schendel (ASA Midwest Tour) - Tim Schendel is no stranger to winning Super Late Model-style races in the Midwest. He has been doing it since the old NASCAR Midwest Tour. But after going two years without a win in the ASAMWT, Schendel had to be wondering when the next one would come. Well, it came on Saturday night in at the Wisconsin Dells. For ending that winless streak, he earned an honorable mention in this week's Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week competition.
"He was the class of the field at Dells Raceway Park with tight competition. The entire 29 car field was separated by 0.467 seconds in qualifying," said one of our panelists.
Chase Elliott (SLM) - If Las Vegas put odds on victory in the Blizzard Series Super Late Model feature on Friday night, the odds-on favorites for the win would've likely been Chase Eliott and Augie Grill. Fittingly, the win came down to those two at Five Flags Speedway (FL). Elliott made a thrilling side-by-side battle on the final lap go his way, earning him another honorable mention for this week's award.
As one panelist put it, "Chase Elliott's last lap pass of Augie Grill at Mobile...That just doesn't happen very often!"
Keith Rocco (WAAS) - "Kid Roc" had been teetering on the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Championship for a few weeks. He went through a short mid-Summer winless streak just as he inched on a perfect season of full-field victories for the title. Then, he got into a disagreement over tire usage with officials at Thompson International Speedway (CT), leaving just two tracks on his list, Connecticut's Stafford and Waterford, to try to get the elusive final two races to get his 18 wins that would guarantee him the title. Rocco got the penultimate win Friday night at Stafford, then clinched the championship on Saturday at Waterford.
Rick Sexton (Outlaw SLM) - Like Schendel, Rick Sexton saw a two-year winless streak come to an end last week. Sexton's winless streak earned him more than $10,000 by dominating the final 50 laps of the Kalamazoo Klash, the grandaddy of all big Outlaw Super Late Model races in the Midwest at Kalamazoo Speedway (MI).
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES
Brian Hoar (ACT)
Stephen Masse (MRS)
Dave Darling (PASS North)
Matt Sheppard (DIRT)
Augie Grill (SLM)
Quarter Master salutes Andrew Ranger on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Andrew Ranger (NCTS)
2. Tim Schendel (ASAMWT)
3. Chase Elliott (SLM)
4. Keith Rocco (WAAS)
5. Rick Sexton (Outlaw SLM)
2010 Cumulative Winners
Preston Peltier (2x)
Darrell Wallace, Jr.
Bobby Santos, III
Tommy St. John
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