Clanton posts fast time at South Boston

Clanton Posts Fast Time in First Trip to South Boston 2000 ASA Rookie of the Year collects 2nd career pole SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (April 6, 2001) -- Second-year driver Joey Clanton continued his impressive early season, capturing a second career ...

Clanton Posts Fast Time in First Trip to South Boston
2000 ASA Rookie of the Year collects 2nd career pole

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (April 6, 2001) -- Second-year driver Joey Clanton continued his impressive early season, capturing a second career pole position for the Textilease Medique 300 presented by Hardee's in ASA's first trip to historic South Boston Speedway. C lanton of Stockbridge (GA) used a cloud cover and a late qualifying draw to out pace a trio of drivers within .002 sec. of each other.

Clanton's lap of 15.338 seconds (93.884 mph) was even quicker than his dominant practice sessions outings earlier in the day. His lap bested that of second place qualifier Billy Parker, driving the Herzog Motorsports number 22 entry.

"The Steve Dale Motorsports Team worked all day on adjusting the car," said Clanton. "We knew the track would get faster as the track got cooler. I was worried when the other guys posted those quick times. When I tested here, I backed it into the wall. I did the same thing at St. Augustine and I won there, so maybe it was good omen."

Parker of North Carolina, who turned a lap of 15.388 sec. (93.579 mph), has taken over the driving chores of the number 22 car, previously handled by second-year ASA competitor Mark Dismore Jr. Parker, the brother of Busch Grand National driver Hank Parker Jr., was near the lead times in practice all day long and posted a time just .001 second ahead of the third place qualifier, Scott Hansen.

"Tickled to make the race," said Parker. "The team tested the car here a couple of weeks ago and it paid off. We didn't change much today, just tuned it up to my liking."

The remainder of the top qualifiers also went out late in the session, with Hansen's third-place lap coming at 15.389 sec (93.573 mph). Butch Miller, the current ASA National Championship points leader, qualified fourth at 15.390 sec. (93.567 mph) with vet eran Kevin Cywinski coming home fifth with a time of 15.403 sec. (93.480 mph).

Mike Eddy, 7-time ASA National Champion, in his 2001 debut, won the 100-lap qualifying race. He took the lead late in the event over Davin Scites. South Boston track champion Nick Woodward, who qualified 22nd, made the main event by finishing third in the 100-lap qualifier.

Activities for Saturday evening begin with spectator gates opening at 3 p.m. and 100-lap South Boston Late Model race beginning at 6 p.m. (Eastern). Pre-race ceremonies begin at 8:15 p.m. with the Textilease Medique 300 presented by Hardee's going green at 9 p.m.

-ASA-

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Series Stock car
Drivers Hank Parker Jr. , Mark Dismore , Nick Woodward , Joey Clanton , Billy Parker , Butch Miller , Scott Hansen