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 "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 ...
Winner: Jason Corliss
Memorial Day Classic at Thunder Road (VT)
Everyone want to win races in dramatic fashion. Cole Trickle winning the Daytona 500 in the movie "Days of Thunder" is the childhood dream for every race car driver. Few ever get to live it out.
On May 25 at Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont, one driver did get to live out a wild finish for the biggest win of his career.
Jason Corliss, who lives in the same town as the track at which he races, got to celebrate with the hometown fans after winning the Thunder Road Memorial Day Classic Late Model event by 0.008-seconds, the closest finish ever recorded at the track.
The script played out much like a Hollywood story. Corliss edged out to a slight winning advantage over multiple-time "King of the Road" track champion and former Memorial Day Classic winner Nick Sweet as the two exited the final turn of the race. The magical ending showed that even the underdogs can still pull out a clutch performance against the best.
For his big victory a panel of Speed51.com industry insiders has voted Jason Corliss as the Quarter Master Clutch Performer of the Month for May.
Here are the drivers who also received votes:
Anthony Anders (LMSC) - With 13 wins he's leading the NASCAR Whelen All American Series national points. If he can keep it up then he should be on his way to Charlotte as the top dog at season's end.
Hunter Baize (JEGS) - He'd never been in the top five at the end of the race, but now Hunter Baize is a JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour winner. Baize captured the victory at Columbus for his first win and the first for VanDoorn Racing Development.
Bubba Pollard (SSS, PLM) - A five-race win streak came to an end at the end of last week as Pollard finished fourth at Mobile. Prior to that he won a Pro Late Model race at Gresham and Southern Super Series races at Montgomery and Five Flags. Pollard has also taken the Southern Super Series point lead.
Lee Pulliam (LMSC) - It seems like he wins every week or at least once a weekend to keep him on pace for a potential third National title.
Matt Hirschman (Mods) - Undefeated so far in the month of May and that includes wins in three Race of Champion events, an open show at Evergreen (PA) and the Bullring Bash at Lee USA Speedway (NH). He might rival his 2013 season in which he won 20 times. So far he has five.
Mike Wheeler (Mini Outlaw) - Beat out close to 60 other cars to win the SPEED SPORT Challenge Outlaw Sprint Kart event at Millbridge Speedway (NC) on May 21. Wheeler dominated the main event and beat a field of World of Outlaws winners, open-wheel standouts, NASCAR drivers and more.
Speed51.com's Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Month
Which Driver Came Through in the Clutch During May
As voted by Speed51.com industry panel