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” goes to …
Pro All Star Series South
Pro All Stars Series driver Tyler Church wasn’t even sure if he’d be able to make the trip to Dillon Motor Speedway (SC) for the season-opening PASS South event on March 7. The defending series champion didn’t know if his family-owned team would be able to financially afford to make the trip. But that was before his father bet the house, literally.
Church’s dad borrowed money on the family’s home in order to get the funds to get his son to the race track for the South Carolina Clash 125. If Church didn’t perform well, the remainder of his racing season very well could have been in jeopardy. The gamble paid off, however; Church took the lead from Jody Measmer with 23 laps remaining in the race and held on to race another day.
For his clutch performance with his season on the line, Tyler Church has been named Speed51.com’s Quarter Master Clutch Performer for the months of January, February and March.
Here are the drivers who also received votes:
Eric Goodale (NWMST) – Took the lead with five laps remaining at Caraway (NC) to win his first career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race.
Bubba Pollard (PLM) – Charged from 10th to win the Baby Rattler 125 at South Alabama Speedway after contact battling for lead sent him back.
Eddie MacDonald (ACT) – Held off numerous challenges late to win all three ACT features at New Smyrna Speedway (FL)
Christopher Bell (SLM) – Took the lead late to win the 100-lap feature at New Smyrna (FL) and held off challengers late to win the Rattler 250.