Clanton's hopes for win dashed by late race spin at Hawkeye Downs. CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (September 9, 2002) -- After starting on the pole and leading 149 laps in the American Speed Association (ASA) Iowa 300 held at Hawkeye (Iowa) Downs Raceway in...
Clanton's hopes for win dashed by late race spin at Hawkeye Downs.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (September 9, 2002) -- After starting on the pole and leading 149 laps in the American Speed Association (ASA) Iowa 300 held at Hawkeye (Iowa) Downs Raceway in Cedar Rapids, Joey Clanton's bid for his 10th win of the 2002 season was demolished in a late race accident with Kevin Cywinski.
In a heated battle for the second place spot on lap 299, the No. 1 car of Kevin Cywinski hit the left rear of the No. 83 Camp Fire USA Georgia Council Chevrolet sending the car spinning and into the outside wall. The damage to the car was extensive and Clanton was forced to climb out of the car after he was unable to limp it back to pit road. The team was credited with seventh place. Despite the disappointing finish, Clanton continues to lead the 2002 ASA points, with a 12-point lead over rival Gary St. Amant.
A victory in Sunday's event at Hawkeye Downs Speedway would not only have boosted his lead in the 2002 points race, but would have also allowed Clanton to tie the ASA record for the most wins in one season. In 2001, rookie Johnny Sauter inked his name in the record books after capturing 10 wins in the 20-event schedule. Clanton is still hoping to tie Sauter's mark and then go on to break the record in the three remaining events on the 2002 schedule.
"I really can't express how disappointed I am after today's race," explained Clanton. "We had a great car and were really the victim of Kevin's [Cywinski] aggressive driving. I had given Kevin plenty of room on the inside to pass me, but apparently it wasn't enough."
Despite his disappointment, Clanton went on to commend the work of his teammates. "The car was great and the pit stops were fantastic. I came in second for the last round of pit stops, and these guys clicked off a seven-second right-side tire stop and sent me back out of the pits ahead of everyone."
Crew chief Bond Suss was equally impressed with the work of his crew. "I know that today ended up being a disappointment, but there were also a lot of great moments this weekend as well. We started on the pole and then had two great pit stops. These guys are upset, but they will be quick to re-focus on the race in two weeks at Illiana."
Only three events remain on the 2002 ASA schedule with the next one scheduled for Illiana (Ind.) Motor Speedway in Schererville, Indiana. The half-mile semi-banked oval is new to most of the competitors on the ASA circuit including Clanton. Without any race experience at the track the team is hoping that its past success at new tracks will continue. So far this year, Clanton has visited four tracks completely new to him and has posted impressive results including two wins and a second-place finish.
The green flag will drop at Illiana Motor Speedway at 2:00 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, September 22. The event will be broadcast live on The National Network (TNN).