Clanton aims for points lead in Buckeye State ATLANTA (June 25, 2001) - Joey Clanton and the Steve Dale Motorsports team are anxious to overtake the lead in the points chase for the 2001 American Speed Association (ASA) Series Championship.
Clanton aims for points lead in Buckeye State
ATLANTA (June 25, 2001) - Joey Clanton and the Steve Dale Motorsports team are anxious to overtake the lead in the points chase for the 2001 American Speed Association (ASA) Series Championship. Currently, the team sits second in the 2001 ASA points standings, just 53 points behind the leader, Butch Miller, heading into this weekend's event at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway.
This Sunday's Glass City 300 may just be the race that turns the tables in favor of the No. 83 Zaxby's Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The half-mile, high-banked asphalt oval proved to be a bit tricky for Clanton in the 2000 season. A rookie last year, Clanton finished 27th at Toledo, completing 225 of the 300 laps, after an accident between turns one and two took him out of the event.
Despite his 2000 finish, Clanton is excited to return to the Toledo Speedway. "Toledo is a rough, old racetrack, but I like it," stated Clanton. "We had some bad luck last year at Toledo, but now we have experience, and this team knows what to expect," remarked Clanton. "We need another strong finish to keep us in the hunt for the points lead."
With only 10 races left to overtake the lead, Clanton is looking at every race as a chance to move into the top spot in the standings. The second half of the 2001 ASA schedule includes several tracks that Clanton and the Steve Dale Motorsports team visited during their 2000 rookie season. If last year's final 10 events are any indication of what is to come, the No. 83 Zaxby's Real Chicken Chevrolet Monte Carlo is in prime position to claim the trophy. Last year, the team notched six top-10 finishes, including a win at Memphis Motorsports Park during the last half of their 2000 campaign.
The Glass City 300 will take place from Toledo Speedway this Sunday, July 1. The broadcast will be aired live on The National Network (TNN), and will begin at 1:00 p.m. EST.