CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (April 30, 2001) - Joey Clanton, driver of the No. 83 Zaxby's/NAPA Chevrolet Monte Carlo, finished a solid 12th in this past weekend's American Speed Association (ASA) race held at the Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids,...
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (April 30, 2001) - Joey Clanton, driver of the No. 83 Zaxby's/NAPA Chevrolet Monte Carlo, finished a solid 12th in this past weekend's American Speed Association (ASA) race held at the Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The finish kept the No. 83 firmly in line for the Steve Dale Motorsports team's 2001 goal: To win the 2001 ASA Series Championship.
The Iowa 300 proved to be the most "yellow" race of the 2001 season with the caution flag waving 15 separate times during the 300 laps. Seventy-seven laps of the 300-lap event were run under yellow, giving the field plenty of time to catch their breath and determine their race strategy. The 15 cautions proved to be just two yellow flags short of ASA's 34-year history record of 17 caution periods.
Clanton started the Iowa 300 in the sixth position after cutting a strong qualifying lap. As past races would predict, Clanton didn't stay in sixth for long, quickly moving into the third position by lap 28. Clanton would continue to ride in the front pack for the first third of the race, battling for the top position. At lap 120, Clanton brought the No. 83 Zaxby's/NAPA Chevrolet Monte Carlo into the pits for two fresh tires and fuel.
Joey Clanton would continue to run in the top-five on the narrow Hawkeye Downs Speedway until lap 191 when the No. 83 got loose in turn four causing him to spin and lose position. Crew Chief for Steve Dale Motorsports, Gene Roberts, called for the Monte Carlo to enter the pits on lap 192 to allow the team to change left side tires, fuel the car and check the damage. The left rear of the No. 83 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was damaged in the incident, leaving Clanton with a less than perfect car for the remaining third of the race.
The Steve Dale Motorsports crew spent the last 100 laps of the race battling for position and making adjustments to the Zaxby's/NAPA-entry. When the checkered flag finally fell after two hours and 22 minutes, the No. 83 was in the 12th position.
"We fought a loose car all day," stated Clanton. "I guess today just wasn't our day, but I was pleased we finished well despite our loose car. We earned critical points and we are going to head to Montgomery with a new car. We will get them in Alabama."
The finish kept Joey Clanton and the Steve Dale Motorsports crew in the hunt for the ASA championship. The battle for the American Speed Association's top spot continues between ASA veterans Butch Miller, Gary St. Amant and Mike Garvey as well as ASA sophomore, Joey Clanton. Only 40 points separate Joey Clanton, currently fourth in driver points, from the leader. With 15 events remaining on the 2001 schedule, the No. 83 team still has plenty of time to capture the "Eye-of-the-Tiger".
Led by business entrepreneur, and racing enthusiast Steve Dale, Steve Dale Motorsports builds and races highly competitive winning cars. Based in Fayetteville, Ga., Steve Dale Motorsports has teams in both the American Speed Association and Legends Racing series.
The sixth race on the 2001 ASA schedule will be held this Saturday at Montgomery Motor Speedway in Montgomery, Alabama. The event will begin at 1 p.m. EST and will be aired live on The National Network (TNN).