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 2014 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 …
PASS North Super Late Models
Winning a championship and the biggest race in your region is enough to put your name among the best. However when you win the region’s biggest race two years in a row then it launches you into mentions with the best of all-time. Travis Benjamin is 35-years-old and after the month of July he’s a two-time Oxford 250 champion and could be on a path towards the list of elite racers from the state of Maine.
The repeat win in the 250 was a clutch performance as Benjamin beat out 60 of the best Super Late Models in the New England region and beyond to win the Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) for the second time. Benjamin took the lead on lap 227 and was able to hang on for the win over all-Maine top five.
The Belfast, Maine native joins the likes of Ralph Nason, Geoff Bodine, Ben Rowe and Eddie MacDonald in the club of back-to-back winners.
For his big victory a panel of Speed51.com industry insiders has voted Travis Benjamin as the Quarter Master Clutch Performer of the Month for July
Here are the drivers who also received votes:
Bubba Pollard (JEGS, SSS) – Won at Mobile in SSS and at Berlin in JEGS for his first win out of the Southeast region.
Chris Eggleston (K&N West) – Regional standout won NASCAR K&N Pro Series west race at home track Colorado National Speedway in only his second start.
Daniel Hemirc (SLM, Legends) – Won Blizzard Series race at Five Flags and Legends Pro title at Charlotte just days apart.
Jeremy Doss (SPEARS Southwest) – Won the most recent race at Stockton 99 Speedway (CA) and took the points lead back in the SRL SPEARS Southwest Tour)
Rowan Pennink (SK Modifeds) – Captured the first SK Modfiied 5K at Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) after a last lap pass on Ryan Preece for the win.
Shannon Babb (Dirt Late Models) – Won the Summer Hell Tour which was worth $25,000.
Mason Mitchell (ARCA) – Scored a victory at Chicagoland after six career second-place finishes.
Sergio Pena (KNEast) – Won NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Columbus in a thriller for first victory since 2011.