CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (August 6, 2001) - Joey Clanton took home his 11th top-10 finish of the 2001 season this past weekend with a sixth place finish in the American Speed Association's (ASA) Texas Roadhouse 300 held this past Saturday evening at ...
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (August 6, 2001) - Joey Clanton took home his 11th top-10 finish of the 2001 season this past weekend with a sixth place finish in the American Speed Association's (ASA) Texas Roadhouse 300 held this past Saturday evening at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Clanton put the car in the 13th starting position after qualifying for the event on Friday afternoon. While qualifying and practice took place during the heat of the day, the team had to take into account the feature event's cooler evening conditions as they prepared the No. 83 Zaxby's Real Chicken Chevrolet Monte Carlo for the night race. Always prepared, the Steve Dale Motorsports team looked over their notes from the 2000 season's night qualifier race in an attempt to achieve the perfect set-up.
"We changed about everything on the car except for the seat and the motor after qualifying," stated Crew Chief Gene Roberts. "We went back to our notes from past races and tried to use that information. With the points being so close, we wanted to make sure we were giving Joey the best car for the race."
Clanton had a long and bumpy road to his top-10 finish, dodging a near accident with a spinning car on lap 34. Clanton kept the No. 83 in top condition, taking a high line to avoid contact. The No. 83 continued to edge its way up through the field, finally landing in the top-10 after a quick pit stop under yellow at lap 123. Clanton's super fast pit crew, which had been featured in the TNN broadcast demonstrating a lightning-fast two-tire stop, helped the No. 83 gain position in the pits, putting on two fresh right side tires before getting Clanton back on the track in the ninth spot.
With track position playing a critical role in the outcome of this race, Clanton had 150 laps of the event to squeeze through the traffic to gain position. The No. 83 continued to perform well for Clanton as he had put the Zaxby's Real Chicken-sponsored car in the sixth position by lap 260. With the checkered flag in sight, Clanton was hoping for a smooth end to the event when he got bumped from behind on lap 264. Clanton kept the No. 83 straight and aimed for the finish line. At lap 300, Clanton crossed the line in the sixth position.
"The team gave me another great car today," stated Clanton. "We struggled a little with our qualifying run, but the Zaxby's Real Chicken Chevrolet Monte Carlo was strong, and I was able to climb through the field. We have six more races left to show what we've got. We are going to focus on Madison and bringing home the victory."
Clanton and his Steve Dale Motorsports crew will take their No. 83 Zaxby's Real Chicken Chevrolet Monte Carlo to Madison International Speedway for the 15th race on the 2001 ASA schedule. The race will take place on Friday, August 17. The event will be broadcast live by ASA's media partner The National Network (TNN) beginning at 9:00 p.m. EST.