Joey Clanton, driver of the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150 was the fastest rookie, posting the second fastest overall in Friday's final practice at Nashville Superspeedway. Clanton makes his 11th career start in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. He...
Joey Clanton, driver of the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150 was the fastest rookie, posting the second fastest overall in Friday's final practice at Nashville Superspeedway. Clanton makes his 11th career start in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. He is ranked fourth in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings and 26th in overall championship points.
JOEY CLANTON -- No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150 --
TALK ABOUT PRACTICE. "I think the biggest thing we did this afternoon was being cautious on what we were doing to the truck. Our Ford F-150 was driving good and we had an issue with the brake pedal. The team made adjustments to go around it and we made those adjustments and it worked. It made the truck so much better that we kept going in that direction. We took information from the good run in Kentucky, not thinking they would carry over here, but a lot of it did. Right there in the last 30 minutes of practice, we just started changing things. The team had good communication, good feedback, good teamwork and everybody on the Zaxby's team has been working really hard. To get a run like we had, it's fantastic. We haven't been racing or qualifying yet this weekend, but the team is motivated. I got of the truck and told my team, 'That's the best running truck that I've ever drove in.' I told them that in Kentucky and we freed it up, got it fast and it was still comfortable. It doesn't take much to drive a truck well when it's set the way you like it. To get it to the point where we've got the truck this weekend, it took communication between me and the guys to really get the teamwork to get us to where we are."
THOUGHTS ON THE TRACK? "I love the track. This my second time here. I ran here in 2002 in the Busch series in the middle of the summer at this time, in this heat. Practice and qualifying were both rained out. I went straight to racing here without having any track time. So far, this weekend is good. I have the laps to get the truck working before we get to race it. And being up there near the top of the board -- it feels good."
-credit: ford racing