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 ...
USARacing Pro Cup Series
Up until this past weekend, Jeff Agnew was probably feeling more than a little bit of pressure. The 1998 Pro Cup champion hadn't won a race since 2007 and this year, like most of his competition, he's watched Clay Rogers just steal the show more times than not in the series.
But Agnew knew that winning again was the best medicine, so with just under 100 laps to go in Saturday night's USARacing Pro Cup event at Concord Speedway (NC), he took the lead from Rogers and trucked on to the victory.
That performance allowed Jeff Agnew to be named as this week's winner of the Speed51.com / Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
Agnew scored a narrow victory over a few other strong candidates this week with the votes from amongst of panel of short track observers were tallied up.
Here are our honorable mentions for this week:
Andrew Ranger (Canadian Tire Series) - No matter if it is the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, K&N Pro Series West or Canadian Tire Series, if it's a road course race, it is likely that the day is going to end with Andrew Ranger in victory lane. That was the case once again this past weekend as Ranger won in Montreal. This victory didn't come easy either as Ranger had to emerge from a game of bumper tag on the final lap to take the lead...and the victory.
Andy Seuss (WSMT) - Andy Seuss is in the thick of a fierce points battle with archival LW Miller on the Whelen Southern Modified Tour. Another three drivers are also within 70 points of the lead currently, but Seuss did exactly what he needed to do this past weekend to gain points when he won the pole, led every lap and then won the race when the WSMT stopped at Caraway Speedway (NC). That clutch performance got him to within seven markers of Miller's point lead.
Brennan Poole (UARA) - Brennan Poole won his fifth UARA-Stars event of the season this past weekend at Dillon Motor Speedway (SC) and he almost made it look easy. When you are able to do that well that effortlessly, it really shows just how graceful under pressure a competitor is.
Jimmy Weller (PASS South) - "Jimmy Weller scored his first win, and it wasn't an easy one!" read one of our ballots. That was surely the truth. Weller came out on top of a 20-car PASS South field at South Boston Speedway (VA) and held off the new point leader, Ryan Blaney, to take the victory.
Jeff Choquette and Crew (Sunoco National Tour) - This final vote might have been a little bit sarcastic, but Jeff Choquette's winning run with an ABC-Bodied Super Late Model against a field of Camaros and Mustangs on the Sunoco National Tour earned an honorable mention thanks to this ballot:
"Clutch Performance of the Week goes to the Jeff Choquette CREW for taking an aerodynamically superior ABC late model to Nashville SUPERSPEEDWAY to race against the aerodynamically inferior ASA National Tour cars...the Pro Shock "Shock" of the week would have been if he DIDN'T win."
Quarter Master salutes Jeff Agnew on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Jeff Agnew (Pro Cup)
2. Andrew Ranger (NASCAR CT Series)
3. Andy Seuss (WSMT)
4. Brennan Poole (UARA)
5. Jimym Weller (PASS South)
2010 Cumulative Winners
Preston Peltier (2x)
Darrell Wallace, Jr.
Bobby Santos, III
Tommy St. John
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