Performing in the clutch separates the best drivers from the pack. When the laps are counting down and the lights are shining brightest, the top racers thrive under pressure. Each month during the 2019 season, Tilton Engineering will honor a “Clutch Performer of the Month” from the world of short track racing.
February’s recipient of the award has already made history in a short period of time and appears to be just getting started.
Last September, Hailie Deegan became the first female to win a NASCAR touring series race when she won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Meridian Speedway (ID) with a clutch last-lap pass. However, just one dramatic victory wasn't enough for Deegan.
On the final day of the month (February 28), the Temecula, California native turned in a clutch performance during the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season opener in Las Vegas.
With the famed Las Vegas strip serving as a backdrop, Deegan played her cards right and charged to the front after being four seconds behind leader Jagger Jones with 10 laps to go. She closed the gap before ultimately making the pass for the win in turn one on the final lap to score her second career series victory.
If the win wasn’t big enough, Deegan became the first female driver to lead the points standings in a NASCAR touring series, improving her stock in the upcoming Speed51.com Short Track Draft presented by PFC Brakes.
For that clutch performance in Sin City, Hailie Deegan has been named the Tilton Clutch Performer of the Month for February.
Deegan will receive a $250 product certificate from Tilton Engineering for her clutch performance.
Donny Schatz's last-lap pass in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series feature at Las Vegas and Chris Windom's last-lap pass to win the USAC National Sprint Car Series season opener at Bubba Raceway Park also received votes from our staff.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN & MI)
-Photo credit: Speed51.com