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 November is...
World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
In racing, clutch performances come in many wide varieties, from a last-lap sprint, to a streak of dominance over multiple events. There are even those performances that don't necessarily involve a driver being first to the checkered flag in a single race, as long as the strong run helps to win a greater battle.
That is exactly the case for Brad Sweet in the Month of November. Entering the final two races for the 2019 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series season, the World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Sweet was locked into a near dead heat with Donny Schatz at the top of the championship standings.
Despite the close points race, many tabbed the advantage to Schatz, coming in with the latest race win and 10 World of Outlaws titles on his resume. Race one on Friday night seemed to further tip the needle in favor of Schatz and the No. 15 camp, but Sweet kept his Kasey Khane Racing No. 49 in the running the whole time.
More importantly, it gave Sweet a final chance to take a shot at all the marbles in the final race of the year on Saturday, and the California kid did just that. First out-qualifying and then out-racing Schatz in the A-main, Sweet finishing second to Schatz's third. This led to a four-point margin of victory for the 2019 Outlaws title, the closest in series history.
For coming up in the clutch and defeating a 10-time champion in a duel to the very end for his first World of Outlaws title, Brad Sweet has been named the Tilton Clutch Performer of the Month for November. Sweet will receive a $250 product certificate from Tilton Engineering for his clutch performances.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor - Twitter: @Connor51CT
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