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 September is…
The Month of September is the time when champions begin to be crowned across the short track world. From local divisions, to regional tours, and right on up to the season’s national championships. This includes the national champion for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division 1.
Entering the final points weekend of the NWAAS national title, Minnesota driver found himself third in the national standings behind Virginia Late Model Stock Car pilot Mike Looney and fellow Midwest competitor Nick Panitzke. While Looney and Panitzke were unable to capitalize on the weekend, it was Goede who came through in the clutch.
With Twin 30 features being held at Goede’s home track of Elko Speedway in Elko, Minnesota on September 14, he managed to take full advantage of the opportunity, sweeping both races, and earning the points he needed to leapfrog his closest competition.
Goede’s clutch night capped off a season of success consisting of ten wins, 30 top five’s and 37 top ten’s at Elko and to the east in Wisconsin at LaCrosse Fairground Speedway and Madison Speedway. Goede also clinched his sixth straight Elko Late Model championship and sixth straight NASCAR Minnesota State title. He is also the first Minnesota driver to win a NASCAR national title, the first Midwest driver to take the national crown since Steve Carlson in 2007, and the first outside the Southeast Late Model Stock Car ranks since Connecticut Modified driver Keith Rocco in 2010.
For coming up in the clutch after a season of consistency to his first NASCAR national title, Jacob Goede has been named the Tilton Clutch Performer of the Month for September. Goede will receive a $250 product certificate from Tilton Engineering for his clutch performances.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: Elko Speedway