Speed51.com's Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Month
Which Driver Came Through in the Clutch During February
As voted by Speed51.com industry 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 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: Doug Coby
NWMT: Daytona Battle at the Beach
A season of change for Doug Coby started in the best of ways. The 2012 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion found himself switching teams from the Wayne Darling No. 52 ride to fill the seat for in the 2 ride owned by Mike Smeriglio. After Daytona, the new pairing found themselves one-for-one after Coby captured the UNOH Battle at the Beach at Daytona.
Coby started fifth and worked his way forward and took the lead from Ryan Preece with three laps to go. Preece had tangled with a lapped car that ended his dominant effort and Coby was in the right place at the right time to take advantage on a final restart. Coby's clutch performance was solidified by leading both rounds of practice at Daytona and being in position to take the lead when it was crunchtime.
In addition to winning at Daytona, the MSIII team went to New Smyrna Speedway (FL) to run the Richie Evans Memorial 100 after the Daytona Battle. The team continued to run well with a fifth-place finish behind some talented Modified drivers who had been competing at New Smyrna throughout Speedweeks as opposed to Coby's limited starts.
Coby proved to a lot of the Modified world during Florida Speedweeks. Above all else, he proved that he will be a title contender on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2014.
For winning one of the biggest races of the year in his first start with his new team, the panel of Speed51.com industry insiders has voted Doug Coby as the Quarter Master Clutch Performer of the Month for February.
Here are the drivers who also recieved votes:
Daniel Suarez (K&N East) - With two wins in the span of three days on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Suarez has came out of the box strong. He got several votes, but just missed the win.
Harrison Burton (PLM) - Picked up his first extra distance win in the Pro Late Model 100 at New Smyrna. He won a night later in the 35-lapper. The 13-year-old became the youngest winner ever in the Pro Late Model division during the World Series.
Ron Silk (Tour-Type Modifieds) - Won three races on his way to his first Tour-Type title at Speedweeks. Silk never finished outside the top three other then the night he was penalized for an unapproved tire change.
Spencer Davis (PLM / SLM) - Ran three divisions and won twice in Pro Late Models to capture the week-long title. Davis ran well over 1000 laps including practice at New Smyrna.
Stephen Nasse (SLM) - Had it not been for a busted power steering line, Nasse could have been the Super Late Model Speedweeks champion. He won twice and finished every race in the top seven other then the night of the power steering line issue.
Steve Wallace (SLM) - Was strong and consistent to win the Super Late Model championship. He won on the second night and was never outside the top four.
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