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, Tilton Engineering will honor a “Clutch Performer of the Month” from the world of short track racing. There is no question January’s recipient deserves that honor after a bold performance in the clutch on one of racing’s biggest stages.
Christopher Bell already knew what it took to win the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals at Tulsa, Oklahoma’s River Spirit Expo Center, having won the last two runnings of the event. Still, Bell ran second with one lap to go in the 2019 Chili Bowl A-Main on Saturday, January 19.
The Norman, Oklahoma native then pulled off a memorable last-lap pass of Kyle Larson, taking the lead and the win in the 33rd Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals. The white flag heroics define ‘clutch,’ coming against the best racers in the country on the biggest stage in Midget racing.
Over the course of the Chili Bowl week, more than 300 entries are whittled down to 24 starters in the Championship Night A-Main. Simply making the final race of the week is an accomplishment in itself. Against a field of that caliber and with no time to spare, Bell passed a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner to claim his third consecutive Golden Driller.
For that clutch performance, Christopher Bell has been named the Tilton Clutch Performer of the Month for January.
Bell will receive a $250 product certificate from Tilton Engineering for his clutch performance.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor
-Photo credit: Speed51.com / Evan Canfield