Speed51.com's Quarter Master Clutch Performance of the Month
Which Driver Came Through in the Clutch During January
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: John Hunter Nemechek
SpeedFest JEGS Tour 125
For John Hunter Nemechek, it was more of a sigh of relief when he flew under the checkered flag at SpeedFest in the Pro Late Model 125.
You could pick any of the following options as to why. Perhaps he was thinking about how he ran out of gas in the lead a year ago SpeedFest. Maybe it was because he still had not won his first Late Model race. Or perhaps his nerves were shot after a sixth green-white checkered finish. No matter the reason it was good to finally get the monkey off his back.
Nemechek was the class of the field and would have won going away, but a late caution on what would have been the checkered flag lap brought the field back together for a GWC. Then it happened again, and again, and so on.
Finally officials announced a sixth and final restart would be the last. Nemechek left no doubt and won going away.
The victory came after Nemechek finished P2 to Chase Elliott at the Snowflake 100 a month before. The No. 8 machine has been strong weather it's a Pro or Super Late Model on the track and now that he's gotten his first win that could open the flood gates for several more.
For withstanding the restarts and all the pressure of finally getting that win, John Hunter Nemechek was selected by the panel of Speed51.com industry insiders as the Quarter Master Clutch Performer of the month of January.
Here are the drivers who also recieved votes:
Bryan Clauson (Midgets) - Had won a ton of Midget races over the years with the exception of the Chili Bowl. He dominated this year’s event in Tulsa, out-running the Swindells and ending Kevin Swindell’s run of victories at four.
Travis Cope (Florida SLM) - Backed up his 2013 Florida Triple Crown by winning the first two legs of the 2014 Florida Triple Crown. Cope won the Red-Eye 100 and the Pete Orr Orange Blossom 100 for the first time.
Chase Elliott (ARCA/CRA) - Had an epic battle with Johnny Sauter and survived for the win after some paint-trading incidents. Elliott pulled into victory lane with battle scars on both sides which was a rare sight.