Clanton captures seventh win of 2002 in Show Me State. ODESSA, Mo. (June 24, 2002) -- During its visit to the Show Me State of Missouri, The No. 83 Camp Fire USA Georgia Council team showed everyone how it's done with its win in the American...
Clanton captures seventh win of 2002 in Show Me State.
ODESSA, Mo. (June 24, 2002) -- During its visit to the Show Me State of Missouri, The No. 83 Camp Fire USA Georgia Council team showed everyone how it's done with its win in the American Speed Association (ASA) Missouri 300 held at I-70 Speedway in Odessa this past Saturday evening. The victory marks the seventh for Georgia-based Steve Dale Motorsports and puts the team on track for its first ASA Championship. The No. 83 crew continues to hold down the top spot in the ASA points standings stretching its lead by 45 points on second place position holder Gary St. Amant after Saturday's event and increasing the points margin between the two drivers to 195.
The Steve Dale Motorsports team rolled the No. 83 Chevrolet Monte Carlo off the team transporter facing a full day of racing including three practice sessions, qualifying and a 300-lap event all scheduled for Saturday. After the first round of practice, Clanton and his teammates posted a 17.822-second lap giving them the fifth fastest time of the session. The team continued to make improvements to the Camp Fire USA Georgia Council entry and eventually posted the field's fastest practice lap of the afternoon with a 17.246-second run around the 5/8-mile oval during the third practice session.
A quick qualifying lap gave the No. 83 Camp Fire USA Georgia Council Chevy the sixth position in the starting line-up. After steadily moving through the traffic for the first 25 laps of the race, Clanton surprised his competitors by passing Robbie Pyle on the outside for the third position on lap 30. With most of the field only able to pass on the inside, Clanton's ability to pass in the outside groove proved to be beneficial.
A lap 104 pit stop during a caution period wouldn't give Clanton the lead, but would put him in front of one of his toughest competitors, David Stremme. Coming into the pits in the second position behind the No. 11 Stremme, the Steve Dale Motorsports pit crew spent just eight-seconds changing left side tires and adding fuel to the No. 83 before sending Clanton back onto the track. With new tires, Clanton quickly moved ahead of those drivers that chose not to stop and took the lead from Chris Wimmer at lap 140.
A lap 161 accident on the frontstretch forced ASA officials to bring the field to a stop in their current positions to allow safety crews to clear the track. Under the red-flag conditions several teams, including the No. 83, decided to pit to change tires and make improvements on the cars. Despite his lead prior to the red flag, Clanton's position on the track beyond the pit road opening forced him to make a U-turn onto pit road behind several of his competitors. After a quick stop to change right side tires and add fuel, ASA officials placed the No. 83 in the 15th position for the restart.
Forced to make up considerable ground, spotter Steve Dale and Clanton worked together to move the No. 83 back through the field to the front. Running in second after the twelfth caution period, Clanton kicked it up a notch and readied himself for the restart. Quick reflexes gave Clanton the edge and the lead at lap 290 of the 300-lap event.
Following the event, crew chief Bond Suss remarked on his driver's winning performance. "Joey raced clean all day and kept the No. 83 out of trouble on a track that is notorious for its accidents. This is some of the best racing that we've seen all season and I have to say, Joey kept me on the edge of my pit box."
The team travels to La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway in Salem, Wisconsin for the fifth event of a five-week stretch. The race will take place on June 30th and will be aired live on TNN at 2:00 p.m. EDT.