Clanton Chicago preview

ATLANTA (July 3, 2001) - The city of Chicago is famous for more than its windy weather conditions and hot dogs. The largest city in the state of Illinois is also home to Chicago Motor Speedway, this weekend's host for the American Speed...

ATLANTA (July 3, 2001) - The city of Chicago is famous for more than its windy weather conditions and hot dogs. The largest city in the state of Illinois is also home to Chicago Motor Speedway, this weekend's host for the American Speed Association (ASA) Chicago 200, to be held from Cicero, Ill., on Sunday, July 8.

Joey Clanton and the Steve Dale Motorsports team are revved up and ready to take on the one-mile, slightly banked track of Chicago Motor Speedway. While most of the 20 races of the 2001 ASA season will be held on tracks less than one mile in length, the oval of Chicago Motor Speedway is one of the larger facilities Clanton and the No. 83 Zaxby's Real Chicken Chevrolet Monte Carlo will visit this year. "Chicago is a big and fast track. The bigger tracks are a little easier to pass on than on the shorter tracks that we usually run on," stated Clanton. "We tested at the facility in June and we had a fast car."

While Clanton visited the Chicago facility last year in his rookie season in the ASA Series, the 2000 Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie of the Year winner completed only five laps of the race. Clanton had his appendix taken out only days before the 2000 event and was advised by doctors not to complete the full race. Clanton relinquished his No. 83 seat, as a replacement driver completed the race, finishing 39th.

Clanton not only wants to complete the race this year, but he wants to be the first to cross the finish line. The No. 83 Zaxby's Real Chicken team is looking for their third win of the 2001 season and for additional points in their battle to win the 2001 ASA Series Championship. Currently the team is listed fourth in driver points standings, only 125 points down to the leader.

The Chicago 200 will be held this Sunday, July 8 from the Chicago Motor Speedway. ASA officials will wave the green flag for the race at 1:00 p.m. EST. The National Network (TNN) will broadcast the race live.

-ASA

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