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 October goes to …
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
Doug Coby etched his name into Modified racing history during the month of October and did so in true clutch fashion. Heading into the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour finale tied with Ryan Preece atop the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour standings, Coby showed everyone the definition of the word clutch. He set fast time in practice, captured the pole award worth a $12,500 bonus and went on to win the Sunoco World Series 150, cementing himself as the 2015 champion. The win also completed a four-race sweep of the NWMT events at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT) in 2015.
In addition to his performance at the Thompson World Series, Coby’s month of October also included a sweep of the pole award and victory at Stafford Motor Speedway’s (CT) Fall Final. Those two performances helped lead the Connecticut native to this second straight NWMT championship.
With his title this year, Coby becomes just the third driver in the history of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to win three or more championships. He joins a short list that includes the names Mike Stefanik and Tony Hirschman, Jr.
“The three championships will sink in over time when we all go to Charlotte and celebrate and see my name in the Hall of Fame for the third time,” Coby told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “To be a part of that is very special to me and I want everyone to know that I appreciate that. I know a lot about the history of this division and what it means to people in the Northeast and what some of the drivers accomplished. Mike Stefanik and Tony Hirschman, the seven and five-time champions, to be listed even close to them is an honor to me.”
For his clutch performance with the season championship on the line, Doug Coby is the Quarter Master Clutch Performer for the month of October.
Here are the drivers who also received votes:
Brian Hoar (ACT) – Brian Hoar ended his career going out on top. Hoar, who has won eight ACT championships, grabbed his 42nd ACT win at the World Series at Thompson Motor Speedway in October, in a race that would be his last. Going out with a win earned Brian Hoar votes for October’s Quartermaster Clutch Performance.
Jason Atkinson (CRA Late Model Sportsman & Street Stock) – Atkinson picked up two Championships in one night, including a long sought after CRA Late Model Sportsman Series title. He led nearly every statistical category in the division’s history, but didn’t have a CRA LMS title in that class until Winchester 400 weekend. In addition he also repeated as CRA Street Stock Series championship.
Joey Doroin (PASS South) – Joey Doroin came within a straightaway of going a lap down at the PASS South race at Greenville Pickens, but drove back through the field, mostly under green, and put himself in a position to win. He closed over a 20 car gap in the final 10 laps, made a late race pass of Zane Smith, and picked up the win.