Performing in the clutch is what separates a winning driver from the rest of the pack. Flexing muscle at the right time is something that true talents possess. 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 Month” from the short track ranks of America. Each month, 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 Month.” At the end of the 2015 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. For more on Quarter Master, visit www.quartermasterusa.com
This edition of the “Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Month” for the month of July goes to …
In true “clutch” fashion Todd Szegedy edged Donny Lia by half a car length to win the second half of the Andy Blacksmith 100 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at New Hampshire Motor Speedway earlier this month. It’s not necessarily the win at NHMS that was so clutch, since Szegedy had done that three previous times, it’s the way in which this year’s win unfolded.
Szegedy, the 2003 NWMT champion, found himself without a full-time ride during the 2014 season. He made limited starts with the Rob Fuller team in 2014 and headed into 2015 unsure of what the future would hold. That was, at least, until Bob Garbarino called and gave Szegedy an opportunity to drive one of the most historic Modifieds of all time, the “Mystic Missile” No. 4.
Szegedy and his new team have been clicking this year, but on July 18th, Szegedy repaid Garbarino in the best way he knew how, by handing him another NHMS winner’s trophy.
From no ride to Victory Lane with a new team in just a few months span, 51’s voting panel has voted Szegedy as July’s Quartermaster Clutch Performance award winner.
-Text by 51 Staff