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 March is…
Jonathan Beason did more than just capture the checkered flag on Sunday, March 24 at Port City Raceway. He battled and defeated one of the best dirt racers in the country in a thrilling finish that sent the crowd into a frenzy.
As the laps clicked off in the POWRi National Midget Series 6th Annual Turnpike Challenge, it was two-time Chili Bowl winner Christopher Bell at the front of the field with Beason not far behind. As Bell did what he does best running up against the wall, Beason began to close in on the bottom as the white flag was displayed.
The two drivers battled side by side on the final lap before Beason was able to slide up off of turn four and edge Bell in a photo finish at the line. After crossing under the checkered flag, the two drivers made contact that sent Bell into a tumble before ultimately landing on his side. Bell exited his car without injury and Beason made his way to victory lane to celebrate a thrilling victory.
Video of the thrilling finish was captured by Speed Shift TV and can be viewed by clicking here.
For his clutch performance in the closing laps, Jonathan Beason has been named the Tilton Clutch Performer of the Month for March. Beason will receive a $250 product certificate from Tilton Engineering for his clutch performance.
Trevor Huddleston’s thrilling victory in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Irwindale Speedway (CA) and Justin Weaver’s victory as his engine was expiring in the ULTIMATE Northeast opener at Hagerstown Speedway (MD) also received votes from our staff.
-Story by: Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
-Photo credit: Jessica Edmiston Photography