Clanton Memphis race notes

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (September 10, 2001) - Joey Clanton revved up the engine of his No. 83 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in yesterday's American Speed Association (ASA) Rev Up Sports Drink 200, and brought home a fourth place finish and his 10th top-five ...

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (September 10, 2001) - Joey Clanton revved up the engine of his No. 83 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in yesterday's American Speed Association (ASA) Rev Up Sports Drink 200, and brought home a fourth place finish and his 10th top-five finish of the 2001 season from the Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park. After notching up his first career ASA win at the Tennessee track in his 2000 rookie season, Clanton was hoping for his third 2001 victory, but settled for a solid fourth.

Clanton started on the grid for the 200-lap race in the fifth position despite suffering major transmission problems on Saturday. The solid qualifying run put Clanton in strong position to pursue the leaders at one of his favorite facilities. The 3/4-mile track of Memphis Motorsports Park is considered a superspeedway by ASA's short track standards. The large and fast track allows for speeds over 115 miles per hour while the wide track allows for easy passing in both the low and high grooves.

The finish was a team effort as Clanton kept the No. 83 Zaxby's Real Chicken Chevrolet Monte Carlo solidly in the top-five during the entire event while his Steve Dale Motorsports crew did their part in the pits. A super quick pit stop by the Zaxby's crewmembers at the halfway point of the race at lap 100 gained Clanton one position in the pits. Clanton entered pit road in the fourth position for the two-tire and fuel stop and returned to the asphalt in the third spot.

The No. 83 charged around the track during the last half of the race hunting down the leader and attempting to repeat his 2000 performance. While battling for the fourth position at lap 167, Clanton was nudged from behind by the No. 25 Chevrolet of Mike Cope. Clanton saved the car from spinning and drove out of his competitor's harm. The last 25 laps of the race were calm, and Clanton crossed the finish line in fourth place.

"The guys were great in the pits today. I can always count on my pit crew to give me some positions in the pits," stated Clanton. "We will take this fourth place and hope to get our next win at Winchester."

Clanton and his team head to Winchester, Ind. for the 32nd Annual Winchester 400, with one of the richest purses on the 2001 schedule. The 19th race of the 2001 season pays out $12,000 to the winner, and Clanton hopes that he gets that check. The field will be determined through two 125-lap qualifier races similar to the Daytona 500 format.

The Winchester 400 will begin at 2:00 p.m. EST live on The National Network (TNN) this Sunday, September 16.

-jcr

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