Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway to host event

Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway to host third event of 2002 ASA Racing Series. Pendleton (IN) April 3, 2002 - Joey Clanton, the 2000 Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie of the Year, is preparing for a return to Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway for...

Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway to host third event of 2002 ASA Racing Series.

Pendleton (IN) April 3, 2002 - Joey Clanton, the 2000 Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie of the Year, is preparing for a return to Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway for the third event on the 2002 ASA Racing Series schedule. After his showing in last year's event at that facility, most would think he has minimal preparing to do. In 2001, Clanton became the first driver since 1996 to lead a race from wire-to-wire, after capturing the pole and leading all 300 laps in the Textilease Medique 300.

Clanton will look to make it back-to-back dominations for the 2002 running of the Textilease 300 presented by Little Trees at "America's Home Track." The event, the first one-day show of the 2002 ASA Racing Series season, is scheduled for Saturday, April 1 3, with the green flag dropping at 8 p.m. (Eastern).

"I was surprised that I was able to lead all 300 laps; It is kind of like throwing a no-hitter," said Clanton. "I expected pressure all race long, but that didn't seem to happen."

The addition of South Boston Speedway to the 2001 and 2002 schedules marked the fourth racetrack in Virginia to host an ASA event. Previously the series has competed at Langley Speedway in 1998 and 1999, Lonesome Pine International Speedway in Coeburn two events each in 1982 and 1983 and at New River Valley Speedway in Radford in 1999.

South Boston, affectionately nicknamed "America's Home Track," is a tight bullring that has been in operation for 60 years and displays hard-nosed, competitive, short track stock car racing that has groomed stock racing stars Jeff Burton, Ward Burton, Stac y Compton and Elliott Sadler, among others. Ward Burton and Sadler both attended last year's ASA event at South Boston.

"For 44 years, race fans at South Boston Speedway have enjoyed seeing the best modified and street stock drivers in the South in lap-after-lap, side-by-side competition," said Cathy Rice, general manager of South Boston Speedway. "We want to spoil the fans with service they would expect at the country's leading superspeedways, but with the warmth and personal attention that only short tracks can deliver."

Activities for the one-day show begin with three first of three practice sessions for the Textilease 300 at 11 a.m. (Eastern) on April 13. Qualifications are scheduled to begin at 3:15 p.m., with South Boston late model qualifying set for 5:15. The ASA aut ograph session will take place behind the main grandstand at 5:30 p.m. The South Boston Speedway late model division holds its first of two 50-lap events beginning at 6:30.

Tickets for the Textilease 300 presented by Little Trees are available by calling Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway, 1-877-444-1540 or visiting the track's official website, www.southbostonspeedway.com.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Jeff Burton , Ward Burton , Joey Clanton