MADISON, Ill.-It was a stellar weekend as Joey Clanton and the Steve Dale Motorsports team captured their first ASA pole, led the most laps in the ASA finale at Gateway International Speedway, and earned the Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie of the...
MADISON, Ill.-It was a stellar weekend as Joey Clanton and the Steve Dale Motorsports team captured their first ASA pole, led the most laps in the ASA finale at Gateway International Speedway, and earned the Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie of the Year Award. Though mechanical problems relegated Clanton and the echosource83.com Pontiac to a 27th place finish, when the final points were tallied, Clanton and the Steve Dale Motorsports team were eighth in series points and had a 44-point advantage over Robbie Pyle to take the Rookie title.
"Going into Gateway, the only two things on my mind were to win the pole and win the race. If we could do that, everything else would fall into place," said Clanton, the newly crowned ASA Rookie of the Year. "We won the pole and ran a smart race by collecting all the bonus points. We felt that we had the winning race car, but unfortunately, mechanical problems kept us out of victory lane.
"All of the accomplishments this year (Memphis win, Gateway pole, Rookie of the Year), aren't mine alone. The individuals who make up the Steve Dale Motorsports team are just as responsible for all of those things, and I'm proud to be a part of that team," continued Clanton. "We have proven what this team is capable of doing and now it's time to start preparing for next year."
"The racing gods were messing with us all weekend," said crew chief Gene Roberts. "When the electrical harness melted down late in the race that was the final volley." Roberts, who admitted to aging at least five years over the weekend, remains the biggest fan of the team. "I can't say enough about these guys and the job everyone has done throughout the season."
On two occasions, the echosource83.com Pontiac had to be pushed down pit road. On both occasions, the two teams who helped push the car down pit road, were involved in the Rookie of the Year battle.
"Our fellow competitors in ASA are the best. Though we battled all year with Robbie Pyle and Scott Wimmer for the rookie of the year title, both of their teams helped push our car down pit road," continued Roberts. "This is the way it should be and seldom is. These ASA teams are something and this years rookie class is an exceptional bunch of guys."
With a race win, a pole, an eighth place finish in the points and the Pat Schauer Rookie of the Year Award, the Steve Dale Motorsports team has accomplished all they set out to do at the beginning of the season.
"We have a great bunch of guys on the team and we were fortunate to do what we set out to do in our first ASA season," said team owner Steve Dale. "I feel that we have done well all year and earned the respect of our fellow competitors. This is important to us because our involvement in ASA is long term."