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 October is…
ARCA/CRA Super Series
Some of the most clutch moments in all of sports have come with championships on the line. From the Miracle on Ice, to Michael Jordan’s buzzer-beater in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals, to Adam Vinateri’s two Super Bowl-winning field goals in the 2000s, the stars come out to play when it means most.
Greg Van Alst was not having a season he’d like to remember going into the Winchester 400. The Anderson, Indiana native had only finished in the top five once during the year. Despite that, he found himself going into one of the biggest Super Late Model races in the country with a shot at the ARCA/CRA Super Series championship. All he had to do was finish in front of three other drivers.
Van Alst drove the race of his life on that Sunday afternoon. After only having completed one lap in the 2018 Winchester 400, he stayed out of trouble and ahead of his competitors throughout the grueling race. When a late-race yellow put Josh Brock right behind him for the final run to the checkered, he held him off, finishing seventh and beating the defending series champion by just a car length after 400 laps to be crowned ARCA/CRA Super Series champion.
For coming up in the clutch and pulling the upset by winning the ARCA/CRA Super Series champion, Greg Van Alst has been named the Tilton Clutch Performer of the Month for October. Van Alst will receive a $250 product certificate from Tilton Engineering for his clutch performances.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN/MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo credit: Speed51Photos.com