Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Month
Who "Came Through in the Clutch" the Most in Recent Weeks
As voted on by Speed51.com panel
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 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 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 installment of the "Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Month" goes to ...
Bowman Gray Stadium Modifieds
After watching the video of Burt Myers' Supermodified crash several weeks ago, just knowing that Myers walked away was impressive enough. A hung throttle going into turn one at Ace Speedway in North Carolina in Myers' first-ever laps in one of the high-powered winged Supermodifieds, sending his car straight into the wall between turns one and two. The car got airborne and into the billboards surrounding the corner. A fireball erupted and the field immediately went red in practice.
The next sight - that many certainly weren't expecting - was Burt Myers stepping out of the destroyed racecar. He was plenty banged up and was taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with cracked ribs and a punctured lung. But still, Myers walked away from a crash that didn't seem walk-awayable.
Myers spent a few days in the hospital, but was released just in time to watch Lee Jeffreys run his #1 Modified in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour event at South Boston. While many
folks would have gone home to recuperate after such an ordeal, Myers went right from the hospital to the racetrack. What else would you expect?
He spent about two weeks out of the racecar, but that was just enough time to heal up. The first plan of action once he was feeling up to it was to get back behind the wheel; not in a Modified like fans are used to, but in a Late Model Stock Car at the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown. Many folks inquired as to how he was feeling at Richmond for the Hamlin event, and Myers, with his trademark smile, kept saying he was fine. He ran well at Richmond, but it wasn't until he got back into his #1 "Dirty South" Modified that he truly showed how clutch he was in his recovery.
Bowman Gray Stadium is Myers' home track. It's the place where the crowd either loves him or hates him. But when Myers won the GMAC Insurance 200 season opener at the North Carolina bullring, the place erupted. Just a few short weeks after being in the hospital, Myers was in victory lane at "his place."
That performance allowed Burt Myers to be named as the winner of the Speed51.com Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Month award.
Myers' performance was the winner in one of the closest battles in our Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Month balloting history.
Here are our honorable mentions for this week:
Kenzie Ruston (ARCA) - Just a few days after being listed in the top-51 picks of the 2011 Speed51.com Short Track Draft Presented by Hedman Husler Hedders, Kenzie Ruston proved that she was worthy of such an honor. Ruston became the first female driver to both lead laps and finish in the top-10 in her first ARCA Racing Series race.
Tim Schendel (ASAMT) - Tim Schendel is a Midwestern racing staple. He's a championship driver in several series and in some of the biggest races in that region. But there was one track still on his bucket list to tame - Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna, WI. Finally, after 11 years of trying, Schendel scored the win at WIR, winning the ASA Midwest Tour's Scag Dixieland 100 this past Sunday.
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES
Brennan Poole (UARA) - Winner of the UARA-Stars event at Rockingham Speedway (NC)
Ted Christopher (WAAS Mods) - Winner of the NASCAR WAAS SK Modified feature at Stafford (CT)
Jeff Lane (CRA) - In 200th career CRA start, went to victory lane at Anderson Speedway (IN)
Derek Ramstrom (PASS) - Repeat winner in the PASS North tour at Star Speedway (NH)
Nick Sweet (ACT) - After destroying car late in 2010, Sweet and team rebuilt car to win at Thunder Road (VT)
Bubba Pollard (PLM/SLM) - Winner of five straight Pro and Super Late Model races in the Deep South.
Quarter Master salutes Burt Myers on this week’s Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Week award.