The No. 83 Will Proudly Display Red, White and Blue ATLANTA (September 18, 2001) - The No. 83 Zaxby's Real Chicken Chevrolet Monte Carlo will display its national pride with several American flag decals added to the Steve Dale Motorsports-entry.
The No. 83 Will Proudly Display Red, White and Blue
ATLANTA (September 18, 2001) - The No. 83 Zaxby's Real Chicken Chevrolet Monte Carlo will display its national pride with several American flag decals added to the Steve Dale Motorsports-entry. The team, which withdrew last week from the Winchester 400 at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway prior to the postponement by the American Speed Association (ASA), wants to show the country their thoughts and prayers are with the victims of last week's national tragedy.
"This country has suffered a tremendous loss this past week," stated driver Joey Clanton. "Putting flags on the No. 83 is our team's way of remembering those who are suffering and showing our support of our nation."
The schedule for the postponed event has been modified to allow The National Network (TNN) to broadcast the "Super Bowl" of short-track racing live. The cars will hit the track for three practice sessions this Saturday, followed by one round of two-lap qualifying at 5:00 p.m. EST. ASA officials will throw the green flag at 2:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, September 23 for the start of the 2001 season's longest event.
The half-mile track, located in the eastern part of Indiana, is high-banked with 34-degree banked corners and has an asphalt surface that is still smooth from a 1997 re-paving. The track is fast and has built up a feared reputation. Despite the perilous set-up of the track, the facility is one of Clanton's favorites.
"I love Winchester. The track is fast and high-banked, and it is fun to race on," stated Clanton. "Gene [Roberts, crew chief] and the team aren't as excited as I am about the track, but that's probably because they don't get to drive on it."
The Winchester 400 is the longest race of the year and will likely become a game of survival. Each team will have to pace themselves and not be too aggressive early on in the event. With 400 laps, the key to winning the race will likely be consistent and smooth driving. Clanton is ready for the challenge and hopes to better his 2000 performance where he started on the grid in the 18th spot, led eleven laps and climbed to the 12th position when the checkered flag flew.
The Winchester event marks the 19th race on the 2001 ASA schedule, with the final race scheduled for Indianapolis Raceway Park on September 29. With just two more chances to capture another win, the Steve Dale Motorsports team is taking their best swing at Winchester. The team is bringing their Chevrolet Monte Carlo named "Pete", a car that captured a fifth place finish at Salem (Ind.) Speedway, a track similar to Winchester Speedway, earlier this year.
ASA officials will drop the green flag for the Winchester 400 this Sunday, September 23 at 2:00 p.m. EST. The race will be broadcast live on The National Network (TNN).