Clanton Concord race report

CONCORD, N.C. (May 21, 2001) - Joey Clanton and the No. 83 Zaxby's Real Chicken Chevrolet Monte Carlo just missed another top-five finish, with a sixth place posting in this past weekend's American Speed Association (ASA) BFGoodrich 300 held at ...

CONCORD, N.C. (May 21, 2001) - Joey Clanton and the No. 83 Zaxby's Real Chicken Chevrolet Monte Carlo just missed another top-five finish, with a sixth place posting in this past weekend's American Speed Association (ASA) BFGoodrich 300 held at Concord Motorsports Park in Concord, N.C. The 300-lap event proved to be one of the longest, hottest and most car-damaging races of the season with only nine cars finishing on the lead lap.

A total of 15 cautions slowed the 35-car field, with the first yellow flag waving after an accident occurred in turn one during the first lap. Additionally, the hot Carolina sun made the black asphalt of the half-mile track particularly treacherous, causing many cars to make contact with the freshly painted white walls.

Fortunately, Joey Clanton, the 2000 Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie of the Year, displayed his superior driving skills, keeping the No. 83 Chevrolet Monte Carlo out of trouble for most of the race. After starting ninth, Clanton quickly began his ascent in the position standings. By lap 103, the Zaxby's Chevrolet Monte Carlo was solidly in the top-five making a bid for the top spot. On lap 123, during the sixth caution of the race, Clanton brought the No. 83 down pit road for two fresh right side tires and fuel. The well-practiced pit stop was completed in less than 11 seconds.

Clanton returned to green flag racing in the seventh position, with fresh tires and a desire to move to the front of the field. By lap 202, Clanton was in pursuit of a podium finish, riding in the third position. Unfortunately, soon after the restart following the 13th caution of the day, the No. 83 slowed due to a damaged right front tire. Clanton dropped three positions to sixth in just one lap. Gene Roberts, crew chief of the No. 83 made the call to bring the car in at the next caution, on lap 272, to change right side tires. To equalize the car, Clanton returned to pit road on lap 274 to allow his crew to swap the left front tire with the left rear tire. Once the tires were changed, Clanton returned to the track in the ninth position on lap 285, with only 15 laps in the race to make his move.

Clanton made his move quickly, moving up three spots by the time the checkered flag dropped on lap 300. "We started ninth, finished sixth and kept out of trouble," remarked Joey Clanton. "We had a good car today, and I am happy we were one of the nine cars that finished on the lead lap. We moved up three spots in just the last 15 laps of the race. We had a solid finish to a very long and hot day."

With this weekend's strong finish, Joey Clanton and Steve Dale Motorsports moved into third in the driver points standings, just 83 points behind the leader.

Led by business entrepreneur, and racing enthusiast Steve Dale, Steve Dale Motorsports builds and races highly competitive winning cars. Based in Fayetteville, Ga., Steve Dale Motorsports has teams in both the American Speed Association and Legends Racing series.

The Nashville Speedway USA will host the American Speed Association on Saturday, June 2. The Luxaire 300 presented by Hecht's, will begin at 9:00 p.m. EST and will be broadcast live on The National Network (TNN).

-EMC

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