ASA returns to site of Clanton-Eddy controversy. Pendleton, IN (September 4, 2002) - The 2002 ASA Racing Series returns to Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids (IA) on September 7-8 for the Iowa 300. This is the second of two events at Iowa's...
ASA returns to site of Clanton-Eddy controversy.
Pendleton, IN (September 4, 2002) - The 2002 ASA Racing Series returns to Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids (IA) on September 7-8 for the Iowa 300. This is the second of two events at Iowa's only paved oval this season. In the most recent visit to Hawkeye Downs on May 19, Joey Clanton scored his then fifth victory of 2002 at the .5-mile oval, finishing ahead of series veterans Mike Garvey and Kevin Cywinski.
He made contact with Mike Eddy with 16 laps remaining in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 presented by STP. It sent the seven-time ASA National Champion spinning. Clanton led the duration of the event to capture his fifth-consecutive ASA victory to start the 2002 season. The streak ended two weeks later at Berlin Speedway, yet stands as the all-time mark to open a season and ties Johnny Sauter from 2001 as the most consecutive wins at any point during an ASA season.
Following the ninth and final caution period of the day, Eddy, who was making his first start of 2002, led with 26 laps remaining, followed by Clanton, Mike Garvey, Kevin Cywinski, and Robbie Pyle.
Eddy opened a slight lead on the restart, but Clanton was closing as both drivers attempted to keep their cars on the bottom of the Hawkeye Downs oval. On lap 284, Clanton dove underneath Eddy coming off the fourth corner, bumped the left rear of Eddy̵a7;s Chevrolet causing him to do a 360-degree spin on the front straightway.
To a chorus of boos from the Hawkeye Downs crowd, Clanton collected his fifth consecutive win, beating Garvey by 1.4 seconds with Cywinski, Pyle and St. Amant rounding out the top five. Eddy recovered to place seventh.
Clanton said it was hard racing at the finish and noticed Eddy was slipping entering the corners.
"He (Eddy) slipped a little in turn four and hit the brakes and I got under him," said Clanton. "It was just racing. He would have done the same thing to me if I had slipped while leading."
Eddy was unavailable for comment, but told series officials to send him the winner's share of the $176,910 purse.
The Iowa 300 weekend begins on Saturday, September 7, with the first of three practice sessions beginning and spectator gates opening at noon. Qualifying is scheduled for 4:45 p.m. and the local late models will compete in the Nextel 50-lap feature at 6:30 p.m.
On Sunday, spectator gates open at 11 a.m. with the on-track autograph session, featuring the Cathy Hart Band slated for noon. The event is scheduled to go green at 2 p.m.
Tickets for the event are $25 for reserved seats or $20 general admission. Children 12 or younger are admitted free to the general admission section with a paying adult. Qualifying day admission is $5. For additional ticket information, call the ASA ticket line, toll-free, 1-888-ASA-1020.