Quarter Master's Clutch Performance of the Month
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 2011 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, the 2009 winner Jeff Fultz and the 2010 winner Johanna Long.

This week's "Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week" is more of a "Clutch Performance of the  Month" as the season got ramped up in recent weeks.  This award goes to ...
Chris Eggleston
PASS South Super Late Model

The $75,000-to-win PASS South Super Late Model event at North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Carolina had 76 cars take time in qualifying.  Former Daytona 500 Champions, Snowball Derby winners and Champions from coast to coast and Canada ventured to the richest Super Late Model event in the country.

Every team that entered the pit area at NWS thought they were contenders for the $75,000 winner's purse.  Fans on the web and in the grandstands undoubtedly had their favorites in mind when the green flag fell.

Outside of Chris Eggleston's pit box, not a whole lot of people thought the #08 had much of a shot to beat the top dogs in SLM racing. 

At the checkers, Eggleston made believers out of the non-believers.

Eggleston and his crate engine beneath the hood of the SS Green Light Racing machine did not qualify well, but sure raced well.  Using crafty
driving reminiscent of the SS Green Light team's crew chief, legendary short tracker Butch Miller, Eggleston worked his way into the top five and onto the back bumper of the once-dominant Bubba Pollard in the closing laps.  The final 100-lap stint of the 300-lap feature ran without a caution, allowing Eggleston to surprise Pollard, 75 other raceteams and a great crowd at North Wilkesboro by taking the lead in the final laps to earn the $75,000 payday.

That performance allowed Chris Eggleston to be named as this week's winner of the Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Month award.

Eggleston recieved an overwhelming number of votes in this week's competition.

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Here are our honorable mentions for this week:

Bubba Pollard (PLM) - The days of "THE RACE" weekend and after were a whirlwind of emotions for Georgia's Bubba Pollard.  He crashed his car he hoped to race at North Wilkesboro the weekend before and had to get a from the Bill Elliott Racing camp to run at NWS.  He then lost his longtime friend and fellow racer Beau Slocumb after a courageous battle with cancer.  Then, after dominating "THE RACE," only to lose the lead to Eggleston late and then get thrown out in tech, Pollard ran the gamut of emotions.  Doing the only thing he knows to do to rebound from those setbacks, Pollard got right back inside his racecar, which he re-decaled with a camouflage scheme and Slocumb's trademark #08, and won the Sidewinder 100 Pro Late Model Viper Series event at South Alabama Speedway.

Ted Chrsitoper (WMT) - Not even some broken bones and getting down two laps in the race could keep Ted Christopher out of victory lane in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season opener at Thompson International Speedway (CT).  Christopher broke those bones in a crash in the NASCAR Southern Mod Tour opener a few weeks prior, then busted up his hands again in a Sunoco (SK) Modified race the day before the WMT's Icebreaker event.  All it took was some tape to get his hands ready for action and TC went out and won - after losing two laps on the track after an early spin - to win the Icebreaker season opener.

Sergio Pena (KNPSE) - The raciong world's introduction to Sergio Pena came in the 2010 NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, California.  The relatively unknown Late Model racer from Virginia won a battle amongst his fellow Revolution Racing teammates before the Showdown for the ride in the car and battled with Joey Logano for the victory down the stretch.  After that race, many expected Pena to be the star of the series that year.  The hype was never quite lived up to after Irwindale, however.  The disappointing season only left Pena hungrier for success in 2011, and that success came quickly with his first-ever K&N Pro Series East victory at South Boston Speedway (VA).  The win, combined with a strong run at Greenville in the season opener, has Pena atop the East Series standings.

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Quarter Master salutes Chris Eggleston on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.