Clanton on the podium at Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 4, 2001) - Joey Clanton did it again, earning a hard fought third-place podium finish this past Saturday night at the American Speed Association (ASA) Luxaire 300 held at Nashville Speedway USA. The outstanding run moved...

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 4, 2001) - Joey Clanton did it again, earning a hard fought third-place podium finish this past Saturday night at the American Speed Association (ASA) Luxaire 300 held at Nashville Speedway USA. The outstanding run moved the Steve Dale Motorsports team to the second position in driver point standings, just 59 points behind the leader.

The No. 83 lined up on the outside pole in the second position for the start of the 300-lap event at the high banked, 6/10-mile Nashville oval. The strong starting position allowed Clanton to make the pass for the lead by lap two of the race.

Clanton's aggressive and competitive driving quickly took its toll on the No. 83's tires, requiring the Zaxby's Real Chicken Chevrolet Monte Carlo to enter the pits five times during the race. The fresh tires, added fuel, and adjustments made by the top-notch crew allowed the car to stay competitive throughout the entire race, never running lower than the sixth position.

Clanton and the Zaxby's Real Chicken No. 83 Chevrolet Monte Carlo are having an outstanding year, posting two wins, four top-five finishes, and six top-10 finishes in the eight events of the 2001 ASA season.

The owner and spotter for Steve Dale Motorsports, Steve Dale, was pleased with his team's performance. "We are looking at the big picture for the year, and we will definitely take this third-place finish. We are looking for our next win and I think we can make it happen at I-70."

Joey Clanton was equally pleased with the performance of the No. 83 Zaxby's Real Chicken Chevrolet, despite a handling problem in the last half of the race. "We were battling the car a little at the end, but we managed to stay in the top-three. We are fighting for the championship, and this finish helped a lot in the points battle."

Joey Clanton and the Steve Dale Motorsports team hope to post their next win at I-70 Speedway in Odessa, Missouri. The ASARacing.com 300, the ninth race on the 2001 ASA schedule, will be held June 16 and will begin at 9:00 p.m. EST. The live broadcast will be aired on The National Network (TNN).

-SDM

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