Clay Campbell Wins First Stock Car Race

Caraway, VA---Clay Campbell took the lead in the final turn Saturday night at Franklin County Speedway to pick up his first win in the Mini Stock Division. Campbell, who is President of Martinsville Speedway, started last in the ...

Caraway, VA---Clay Campbell took the lead in the final turn Saturday night at Franklin County Speedway to pick up his first win in the Mini Stock Division. Campbell, who is President of Martinsville Speedway, started last in the 13-car field and passed Vann Savage for the lead in the fourth turn on the final lap. The 25-lap race had two cautions with one of them coming out when Campbell had caught the leader Savage with just a few laps to go. Savage got the jump on the restart but, within one lap, Campbell caught the leader. Savage pinched Campbell low going down the backstretch on the final lap and the two went into turn three side by side with Campbell on the low side. The two rubbed fenders and Campbell pulled away coming through turn fourth. It was Campbell’s first win in a stock car. He owns his Ford Thunderbird Mini Stock sponsored by Hayes Jewelers of Lexington, NC and Anderson Lawn and Garden of Rocky Mount, NC. He has raced occasionally over the past several years in NASCAR's Late Model Stock, Limited Stock, Mini Stock and in the Allison Legacy Series, but it was his first time in victory lane since his last go-kart win in 1985. “That was probably as much fun as I have ever had driving anything,” Campbell said. “It was very gratifying. It doesn’t matter what you race, everyone is trying to win and anytime you beat the other guy it’s fun. I give the credit to Jimmy Doughton and Doughton Racing Products for putting this deal together and giving me a competitive car.” A penalty forced Campbell to start last in the 13-car field after he had qualified third. He will race this Saturday night at Caraway Speedway, near Asheboro, NC, in the NASCAR Limited Sportsman Division.

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Drivers Clay Campbell