Clanton disappointed by Irwindale

IRWINDALE, Calif. (March 12, 2001) - Joey Clanton, driver of the No. 83 Zaxby's/Steve Dale Motorsports Chevrolet, suffered disappointment this past Saturday evening during the ASA ACDelco Series tires.com 300 presented by BF Goodrich, finishing...

IRWINDALE, Calif. (March 12, 2001) - Joey Clanton, driver of the No. 83 Zaxby's/Steve Dale Motorsports Chevrolet, suffered disappointment this past Saturday evening during the ASA ACDelco Series tires.com 300 presented by BF Goodrich, finishing in the 27th position. After a strong qualifying run, Clanton lined up on the grid in the fourth position and looked like he was going to be the car to beat again for the second race in a row. Unfortunately, on lap 115, Clanton lost control of the car causing him to make contact with the No. 36 car of Craig Smith, resulting in damage to the right front of the car.

Clanton and the Steve Dale Motorsports crew arrived at Irwindale Speedway with momentum and excitement from their dominating victory at the ASA season opener in St. Augustine (Fla.). The team was also excited to put the No. 83 Steve Dale Motorsports/Zaxby's Chevrolet Monte Carlo onto the Irwindale Speedway half-mile oval, a track that was brand new to each competitor on the ASA circuit.

Clanton cut a strong qualifying lap, allowing him to start the tires.com 300 in the fourth position. The Steve Dale Motorsports team held their own during the first 80 laps of the race, running in the top-five, and waiting patiently to make their move. That move came on lap 81 when a caution flag flew and several competitors pitted for tires and fuel. Clanton came down pit road in the third position, and the Steve Dale Motorsports team made quick time in the pits and sent Clanton out in the lead leaving pit road. With a number of competitors deciding not to pit, Clanton had to wait until the field passed before he could put the No. 83 Chevrolet Monte Carlo back on the track. Despite the number of competitors staying on the track, Clanton left the pits with new tires, fuel and in the sixth position.

Clanton maintained track position until lap 115 when the Zaxby's/Steve Dale Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo got loose and made contact with the No. 36 car. Clanton brought the car down pit road for the Gene Roberts-led team to survey the damage. Then they took it behind the wall for repairs. The crew worked diligently to repair the badly damaged right front of the car. Clanton returned to the track to finish the race in the 27th position.

"The incident was unfortunate, but the crew worked really hard to get me back on the track racing," stated an exasperated Clanton. "Every point counts in the race for the series championship, and this crew never gave up. We had a top-five car and we were on our way to a great finish. We will now turn our focus to Lakeland."

Led by business entrepreneur, and racing enthusiast Steve Dale, Steve Dale Motorsports builds and races highly competitive winning cars. Based in Fayetteville, Ga., Steve Dale Motorsports has teams in both the American Speed Association and Legends Racing series.

The ASA Series will head to the USA International Speedway in sunny Lakeland, Fla. for the third race of the season. The Florida 200 is set to air at 9 p.m. live EST and will be broadcast on The National Network (TNN).

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