Steve Dale Motorsports and Camp Fire USA Georgia Council Team Score Victory in ASA Season Opener. LAKELAND, Fla. (March 24, 2002) - The No. 83 Camp Fire USA Georgia Council Chevrolet Monte Carlo was first to the checkered flag in Sunday's ...
Steve Dale Motorsports and Camp Fire USA Georgia Council Team Score Victory in ASA Season Opener.
LAKELAND, Fla. (March 24, 2002) - The No. 83 Camp Fire USA Georgia Council Chevrolet Monte Carlo was first to the checkered flag in Sunday's American Speed Association's (ASA) WJ Plemons Investments 200 held at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, Florida. The win proved to be a group effort for the No. 83 team with Joey Clanton showing his superior driving skills on the track, and the pit crew delivering the fastest pit stop of the day. The victory puts Clanton in the record books as only the fifth driver in ASA's history to capture back-to-back season opener victories. In 2001, the No. 83 Chevrolet Monte Carlo's season started off with a bang after taking home top honors in the season opener held at St. Augustine (Fla.) Speedway.
With new partner Camp Fire USA Georgia Council, and an almost entirely new crew, all eyes were on the No. 83 team to see if they would deliver again in 2002. After Saturday afternoon's third place qualifying effort, it was clear that the No. 83 would be a contender for the ASA Series Championship. Right from the waving of the green flag, the No. 83 clicked off laps faster than the rest of the 36-car field. With two years of ASA experience under his belt, Clanton patiently waited to make his move on ASA veteran Gary St. Amant. At lap 43, Clanton drove to the inside of the No. 7 to take the lead.
Clanton continued to pace the field with a three-second lead on second place driver Kevin Cywinski. When the fourth caution flag of the day flew, Bond Suss, crew chief of the No. 83, made the call for Clanton to head into the pits for fuel and two fresh BF Goodrich right-side radials. The No. 83 team put in long hours during the past month perfecting its pit stops and it showed as Clanton drove his Chevy out of pit road in the top spot at lap 110.
Clanton continued to dominate for the remainder of the race building an eight-car distance over the rest of the ASA field. At lap 200, with almost an entire straightaway lead over the second place car, the No. 83 crossed the finish line.
"This win is dedicated to the boys and girls of Camp Fire USA. Today we showed them [the boys and girls of Camp Fire USA Georgia Council] what you can do with teamwork and dedication," stated Clanton. "Just a month ago we moved into a new shop with only racecars inside. This team has worked days and nights to prepare for this race and it showed."
The Camp Fire USA Georgia Council Chevrolet Monte Carlo travels to its furthest destination of the 2002 ASA season visiting the half-mile oval of Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway on April 7. Tune into The National Network (TNN) at 4:00 p.m. EST to watch the No. 83 Camp Fire USA Georgia Council Chevrolet Monte Carlo go for its second victory of the 2002 ASA season.