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 ...
#54 Super Late Model
After a late race restart in the Auto Value 250 at Speedway 660, Johnny Clark had a problem.
Up to that point, Clark has completely dominated the race. He racked up $50 for each lap he led and to that point led nearly all of them. A few times, Jonathan Hicken would lead briefly after a restart, but Clark was solidly in command of the event.
Then, Shawn Turple got a little bit of an advantage on this particular restart. Clark fought back and the two made contact. That sent them both to the rear.
Now, Clark lined up around 15th and had only a short time to get back up to the front.
The Maine driver didn't get to become a four-time PASS North champion by cracking under pressure though. He rose to the occasion and moved back through the field, into the lead and onto victory lane.
That performance allowed Johnny Clark to be named as this week's winner of the Speed51.com / Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
Here were a few of our voter comments for Clark this week:
"Johnny Clark [gets my vote] hands down!"
"Instead of using that incident as an excuse, Johnny Clark made the most of his racecar and got up on the wheel to move back to the front. That's grace under pressure."
Here are our honorable mentions for this week:
Chase Elliott (PASS South) - Having a former NASCAR Cup Series champion as your father at the age of 14 pretty much means that there isn't much that you get to accomplish that your dad did first. But Chase Elliott found something before his father, 1988 Cup Champion Bill Elliott, did and that was victory lane at North Wilkesboro Speedway (NC). Elliott was part of the first race held at the track since 1996, Saturday's PASS South event, and he topped a talented field of drivers young and old to win. The teen racer didn't let the pressure associated with that accomplishment to get in the way of his goal.
Jody Lavender (PASS South) - While Jody Lavender finished second to Chase Elliott in the PASS South race at North Wilkesboro, his determination to come through under pressure wasn't any less. Lavander earned an honorable mention from our panel that can best be described by these voter comments:
"Jody Lavender gets my vote for almost winning the PASS South race at North Wilkesboro, leading the most laps."
"Lavender is a good choice because he led more than half the race and was the only one other than Elliott who could've won at Wilkesboro. Plus he builds his own racecars and isn't a part of a superteam like Elliott's."
Jamie Iverson (ASA MW) - Jamie Iverson made history last weekend by winning his fourth straight ASA Midwest Tour event within the confines of his hometrack - Norway Speedway (MI). He managed to pull up this accomplishment by beating one of the toughest in the business - Steve Carlson.
Patrick Laperle (ACT) - Patrick Laperle earned one vote this week thanks to his victory in the Labor Day Classic at Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT). Here is what one of our voters wrote on their ballot:
"Patrick Laperle - in only is second ACT Tour and Thunder Road race this year - to win the Labor Day Classic at Thunder Road from his 14th starting spot position 9gets my vote."
Tim Brown (WSMT) - Here is what one of our voters wrote on their ballot this time around:
"Tim Brown gets my vote. He came through in the clutch closing stages of the Visit Hampton 150 at Langley Speedway to take the lead from James Civali and not only end his own winless streak but also secure the first ever Whelen Southern Modified Tour win for T and C Motorsports."
The Promotion Staff of North Wilkesboro Speedway - Witnessing the return of racing to North Wilkesboro Speedway (NC) was a wonderful thing and it also earned the organizers an honorable mention with this vote:
"The committee running North Wilkesboro...clutch effort to bring racing back to an historic facility. Hopefully it will lead to more."
Quarter Master salutes Johnny Clark on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.
"Clutch Performance of the Week"
1. Johnny Clark (SLM)
2. Chase Elliott (PASS South)
3. Jody Lavender (PASS South)
4. Jamie Iverson (ASA MW)
5. Patrick Laperle (ACT)
2010 Cumulative Winners
Preston Peltier (2x)
Andrew Ranger (2x)
Darrell Wallace, Jr.
Bobby Santos, III
Tommy St. John
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