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 ...
ARCA Racing Series
It would have been a big enough challenge to switch gears and go to one of the two dirt track dates on the ARCA Racing Series schedule with hopes of winning.
But to come back from a spin, a slide up the track and then to pull off a strong late race restart to rocket into the lead as the laps clicked down is really coming through in the clutch.
All of those things are what Patrick Sheltra did to win Sunday in the ARCA event at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
That performance allowed Patrick Sheltra to be named as this week's winner of the Speed51.com / Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
Sheltra squeaked out a narrow victory in voting amongst of panel of short track observers this week.
Here are our honorable mentions for this week:
Johnny Clark (PASS North)- Lately, Ben Rowe has been chipping away at Johnny Clark's point lead in the PASS North Super Late Model series. But as the season winds down, Clark struck back this past Saturday at Spud Speedway (ME). In the tour's first visit to the track that is far, far up north in Maine, Clark scored the victory and padded his point lead a bit as he chases after he fifth series championship.
In winning the race, Clark also set a new personal milestone. Our resident "Stat Boy" pointed out that Clark has now won on 13 different tracks in the series versus an even dozen facilities where Ben Rowe has won at.
Chase Elliott (PLM) - On their way the Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL) last Saturday night, Chase Elliott's team ran into some problems. Actually, some big problems. Their 18-wheeled transporter slid off the Interstate and into the median. Nobody was hurt, but the equipment was damaged and lanes of the highway needed to be shut down to clear up the mess. But the team kept trucking along to the track after the rig was pulled clear. Once there, Elliott battled Southeastern Super Late Model star Augie Grill for the lead and eventually came out on top. That earned him another victory and a few votes for our Quarter Master award this week.
Todd Annarummo (MRS) - Breaking through to win the recent Modified Madness open competition show at Seekonk Speedway (MA) showed that Todd Annarummo had the right stuff to win against the big dogs. So expectations were high upon him as the Modified Racing Series headed to his hometrack on Saturday night. Early on, Annarummo watched as Ken Barry and Jon McKennedy led the race. And then, just after the one-quarter mark of the event, Annarummo dropped the hammer and took the lead for himself. From there, he saved his car while also never giving up control of the race - scoring his first career MRS victory in front of his home crowd.
James Civali (WSMT) - Rounding out the top five in this week's balloting is Modified driver James Civali, whose solid top five finish in the NASCAR Modified race at Bristol Motor Speedway moved him past LW Miller and into the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour point lead. Technically, the result was a NASCAR WSMT victory for Civali too - since he scored the highest finish of any division driver at Bristol.
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES
Ryan Newman (WMT)
Brian Loftin (Mods)
Chris Wimmer (ASA MW)
Quarter Master salutes Patrick Sheltra on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Patrick Sheltra (ARCA)
2. Johnny Clark (PASS North)
3. Chase Elliott (SLM)
4. Todd Annarummo (MRS)
5. James Civali (WSMT)
2010 Cumulative Winners
Preston Peltier (2x)
Darrell Wallace, Jr.
Bobby Santos, III
Tommy St. John
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