Clanton Finishes 23rd at Madison Moves into Third in ASA Driver Points Standings OREGON, Wis. (August 20, 2001) - In front of 12,000 fans, Joey Clanton and the No. 83 Zaxby's Chevrolet Monte Carlo finished 23rd this past Friday at the American...
Clanton Finishes 23rd at Madison
Moves into Third in ASA Driver Points Standings
OREGON, Wis. (August 20, 2001) - In front of 12,000 fans, Joey Clanton and the No. 83 Zaxby's Chevrolet Monte Carlo finished 23rd this past Friday at the American Speed Association's (ASA) Wisconsin 300 held at Madison (Wis.) International Speedway. The team made a brief stop at the central Wisconsin, half-mile facility as three practices, qualifying and the feature race were all held in a one-day event.
Clanton lined up on the starting grid in the 14th position with hopes of moving the No. 83 into the lead. His wishes were realized, quickly moving into the top-five before making the team's first pit stop of the evening. A quick right side tire pit stop on lap 78 put Clanton back on the track in the first position among the pitting cars. Clanton passed several cars that opted not to pit during the caution and captured the lead by lap 96.
Side-by-side racing with Mike Eddy forced Clanton to test the high groove of the Oregon, Wis.-facility looking for enough room to pass the ASA veteran. Clanton battled with Eddy for the top position trading the lead two times. After leading 22 laps of the 300-lap event, Clanton relinquished the lead for the final time at lap 120.
Clanton continued to keep the Steve Dale Motorsports Chevy in the front pack of competitors waiting for the right moment to move back into the lead. The team pitted again on lap 159, taking on two fresh left side tires and a splash of fuel. Clanton entered the pits fifth and gained two positions leaving pit road running third.
Battling for position, Clanton was bumped from behind by the No. 33 car of Greg Stewart on lap 175. The No. 83 steered to the high side of the track to control the car and suffered only minor damage to the left rear corner of the Zaxby's-sponsored entry. Clanton brought the No. 83 down pit road for fresh right side tires and for the team to take a closer look at the rear left panel of the car.
In the last third of the race, Clanton not only battled with his fellow ASA competitors, but the misting skies added an additional element to the mix. Knowing that the weather could put an early stop to his night of racing, Clanton used every opportunity to move up in position.
Clanton had moved back through the field and into the third position when at lap 294, the No. 83 Chevrolet Monte Carlo made contact with the No. 63 in turn four of the half-mile oval. The contact between the two cars stopped Clanton on the track and forced ASA officials to throw the caution flag. The No. 83 entered pit road on lap 295 to allow the crew to survey the damage. Unfortunately, the damaged clutch on the No. 83 forced the Steve Dale Motorsports team to park the Chevy for the night. Clanton finished 23rd in the final rundown.
"It was a long night for the No. 83 Zaxby's Chevrolet team. We had a great car, but just didn't catch a break on the track. The guys did a great job in the pits for me. I just wish I could have brought the team home a better finish," stated Clanton. "We will turn our focus to Jennerstown."
Despite the disappointing day, the No. 83 team moved into the third position in the ASA driver points standings. With five races left in the 2001 ASA season, the Steve Dale Motorsports team will take the No. 83 Zaxby's Chevrolet Monte Carlo to Jennerstown (Pa.) Speedway on Sunday, August 26 for the Pennsylvania 300. The race will be broadcast by The National Network (TNN) and aired live beginning at 1:00 p.m. EST.