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.
The winner of the Tilton Engineering Clutch Performer of the Month Award for the month of June is…
Tour-type & SK Modifieds
Throughout 2019, we have seen some excellent individual clutch moments, but Ellington, Connecticut driver Ronnie Williams upped the ante in June with multiple clutch performances over a six day period at three different race tracks, and with two different race teams.
Just two weeks after recording his first career win in both the Valenti Modified Racing Series and the Tour-type Modified ranks for car owner Gary Casella, Williams and the No. 25 team arrived at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the New England Short Track Showdown.
Despite detonating the team’s best motor on practice day for the VMRS, Williams, along with Anthony Nocella, drafted by race dominator Chase Dowling with three laps to go in the 50-lap feature on Sunday, June 23. He and Nocella then traded the lead back and forth, with Williams capturing the win and $5,000 in a photo finish over the 2017 VMRS champion at “The Magic Mile”.
Three days later on June 26, the $10,000-to-win Tri-Track Open Modified Series Open Wheel Wednesday 100 beckoned at Seekonk Speedway (MA). After fighting past Matt Swanson to the lead with 10 laps to go, a final yellow flag with four laps remaining put past race winner Tommy Barrett alongside Williams for a final restart. Barrett was relentless, but Williams kept the wheels straight and held on for another hard-earned victory, this time on the one-third mile bullring.
Two days later, Friday, June 28; shifting over to the No. 50 Adam Skowrya-owned SK Modified at his home track of Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) for the 100-lap, $5,000-to-win SK 5K, Williams first had to overcome an early race crash on Lap 40. Storming forward, he eventually dueled with 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Keith Rocco.
After multiple attempts to pass Rocco on the inside for the lead with the laps ticking away, Williams got just enough ground to win the race, in his second photo finish of the week. The win on the tricky half-mile capped off what amounted to $20,000 earned in just those three races.
For his trifecta of clutch performances in less than one week, Ronnie Williams has been named the Tilton Clutch Performer of the Month for June. Williams will receive a $250 product certificate from Tilton Engineering for his clutch performances.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: Speed51.com photo