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 ...
These days, five-time NASCAR Modified Tour champion Tony Hirschman doesn't get to race much. In fact, we would call him "retired" if not for the fact that he does strap into a car to race in the Race of Champions every fall at Oswego Speedway (NY). Hirschman isn't just there to ride around either. For the second time in the past three years, Hirschman won the race this year.
You would think that just running that one event would mean a lot of pressure would be put on a driver no matter how accomplished he is. But we aren't sure that Hirschman even feels pressure. We've watched him stay calm and focused through winning countless Modified races in his career and that is exactly what he did again to get to victory lane in Sunday's event at Oswego.
That performance allowed Tony Hirschman to be named as this week's winner of the Speed51.com / Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
Here are our honorable mentions for this week:
Andy Seuss (WSMT) - Things weren't looking too good for Andy Seuss' championship hopes on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour when he got turned around on the first lap of Saturday's race at Tri-Country Motor Speedway (NC). But despite flat-spotting his tires ("It was shaking a little bit," reported Seuss), Seuss came back through the field to score of podium finish of third. With championship rivals James Civali and LW Miller finishing behind him, that actually turned a bad day into one where Seuss gained ground in the title fight heading into its final race - two weeks away at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Salvaging a good day from such a bad one is a clutch move and that earned Seuss a close second in the race for the Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
Burt Myers (WSMT) - Burt Myers was close to getting lapped in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified show at Tri-County Motor Speedway, but came alive after a late race pit stop thanks to one new tire on his #1 Modified. Not only did Myers fight back for a good finish, but he won the race. That scored him a few votes with our panel this week.
Derek Ramstrom (SLM) - Derek Ramstrom headed into the points finale of the Super Late Model division at Thompson International Speedway (CT) with just a two-point cushion on the point lead. Then in practice, Ramstrom blew an engine. It looked like his day might be done, along with his title hopes. But George Bessette's team offered Ramstrom an engine and that was put into Ramstrom's #35 car before the feature. In that race, Ramstrom kept the car of point rival Mike O'Sullivan in his sights. O'Sullivan won the race. Ramstrom finished second. They tied atop the standings. However, Ramstrom won the tie-breaker on account of having more victories this year.
Chase Elliott (Blizzard Series) - Chase Elliott merely needed to stay out of trouble in Friday night's Blizzard Series Super Late Model finale to win that championship. Bu the 14-year-old didn't want to just ride around. He won the race and also ended up being named the 2010 Gulf Coast SLM champion. Elliott became the youngest Blizzard Series champion in history and didn't let any of the pressure going into the night get to him. That's a clutch performance.
Bubba Pollard (SLM) - Bubba Pollard earned the pole award for the Miller Lite Super Late Model season finale at Mobile International Speedway (AL). Then he rolled a six and started the race in the third row. Pollard overcame that and a star-studded field that included Josh Hamner, Augie Grill and Chase Elliott, to go on and win the feature event.
Scott Bloomquist (Dirt LM)- Scott Bloomquist scored his 500th career victory this past weekend in the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model show at Brownsville Speedway (IN). We can't even imagine all of the clutch moments that Bloomquist has had to get through along the way to that mind-blowing plateau. We salute you Scott with an honorable mention in this week's Quarter Master Clutch Perfomance of the Week competition.
Ted Christopher (ISMA) - Ted Christopher might be best known as a Modified ace, but he is willing to drive the wheels off any type of racecar when he is given the chance. TC made the most of an opportunity to drive for Supermodified legend Clyde Booth in the ISMA race at Berlin Raceway (MI). It was an unfamilar car, team and track for Christopher but his results were familar. Christopher won the race.
Quarter Master salutes Tony Hirschman on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Tony Hirschman (Mods)
2. Andy Seuss (WSMT)
3. Burt Myers (WSMT)
4. Derek Ramstrom (SLM)
5. Chase Elliott (Blizzard)
2010 Cumulative Winners
Preston Peltier (2x)
Andrew Ranger (2x)
Darrell Wallace, Jr.
Bobby Santos, III
Tommy St. John
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