Joey Clanton, driver of the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150 was the top finishing rookie in tonight's Built Ford Tough 225 presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers. JOEY CLANTON -- No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150 -- (finished 7th, qualified ...
Joey Clanton, driver of the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150 was the top finishing rookie in tonight's Built Ford Tough 225 presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers.
JOEY CLANTON -- No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150 -- (finished 7th, qualified 9th)
TALK ABOUT YOUR RUN AND TRACK POSITION BEING VERY CRITICAL HERE.
"Well, track position was real critical; especially early on with the cautions came back to back. They put a lot of 'quick dry' down and I think it was me and Ryan Matthews got almost to the top of the wall and almost became another accident and trying to avoid it and got hit the left door and it knocked the track bar. So, on low pressure it kept dragging on the ground and we just couldn't get going there. We lost several spots, several key spots on every restart. Then you get your rhythm going again and couldn't get track position. Trying to make-up that time was kind of difficult. The cars that seemed to lead lap were pretty much all leaving.
STILL WITH ALL THOSE CHALLENGES TONIGHT, YOU CAME IN THE TOP-10. SO, THAT'S GOT TO FEEL PRETTY GOOD?
"It almost matches my best for the year. I'm just happy to keep the momentum going with our team. Zaxby's and Ford and everybody that's here, it's just big for our team. We had a disappointing race back in Memphis two weeks ago and to come back and rally like this, it's good. We need to get inside that top-10 and be near the podium at the end of the year."
-credit: ford racing