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: Matt Bowling
Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown, SoBo (VA)
It was the best-of-the-best in the Late Model Stock world and when the night ended Matt Bowling was on top. The 20-year-old from Ridgeway, VA took the lead with five laps to go at South Boston Speedway in the seventh-annual Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown to capture the biggest win of his young career.
Bowling started second in the race and only led the final five circuits to take the win at Sobo. Bowling went into the race as a former track champion, but the Hamlin win was his biggest yet as he defeating NASCAR drivers Jeb Burton, David Ragan, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch.
Bowling said he could not believe it after he captured the win in victory lane.
His path to victory came after he used the high lane in his Sellers Racing entry to make the "clutch" pass of Matt Waltz, who dominated the event by leading the first 195 laps
For his big victory in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown the panel of Speed51.com industry insiders has voted Matt Bowling as the Quarter Master Clutch Performer of the Month for April.
Here are the drivers who also received votes:
Bubba Pollard (SSS) - Pollard sweeps the Gulf Coast weekend at Five Flags Speedway (FL) and Mobile International Speedway (AL).
Cole Custer (K&N East) - Custer continued his assault on the big NASCAR tracks after he won the Blue Ox 100 at Richmond International Raceway (VA). Custer also has wins at Phoenix, New Hampshire and Iowa.
Keith Rocco (Mods) - Rocco had a solid weekend at Waterford Speedbowl (CT) where he took wins in SK Modifieds, Late Models and Modified Racing Series.
TJ Reaid (CRA Super Series) - TJ Reaid won the spring race at Anderson Speedway (IN) for the third time in his career. It was also the fifth time in five races that he set fast time at Anderson.
Speed51.com's Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Month
Which Driver Came Through in the Clutch During April
As voted by Speed51.com industry panel