Joey Clanton South Boston preview

Joey Clanton and the No. 83 Team are on fire. FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (April 10, 2002) - The soles of Joey Clanton's driving shoes are burning, and not because he is the driver of the No. 83 Camp Fire USA Georgia Council Chevrolet Monte Carlo. ...

Joey Clanton and the No. 83 Team are on fire.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (April 10, 2002) - The soles of Joey Clanton's driving shoes are burning, and not because he is the driver of the No. 83 Camp Fire USA Georgia Council Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Clanton, after sweeping the first two events of the American Speed Association (ASA) season with dominating wins, hopes to add more flame to his fire as he heads to South Boston (Va.) Speedway with another win on his mind.

The No. 83 Steve Dale Motorsports organization has overwhelmed the ASA circuit claiming two wins, one pole and the honors of leading 450 of the 500 laps run thus far in the 2002 season. While you can't count out ASA veterans Gary St. Amant, Kevin Cywinski and Mike Garvey to challenge for the victory this weekend, chances are the TNN television cameras will again be focused on the No. 83 Chevrolet Monte Carlo as it leads the field around the track.

In 2001, Clanton and the No. 83 team led the South Boston Textilease Medique 300 wire to wire, taking honors of completing the first "perfect race" on the ASA circuit since 1986. Leaving nothing to chance for this year's event, owner Steve Dale made the call to take the team to test at the short half-mile facility to insure the team's chance at another victory.

"The American Speed Association circuit is so competitive that you can never count on last year's performance for this year's win," explained Steve Dale. "We took the car to South Boston and had a great test session with lap speeds just where I hoped that they would be - really fast." The team is taking its Lakeland car "Repeat" to South Boston in hopes that it will repeat their performance of the season opener.

"Repeat is a car that we worked on all winter after damaging it in the 2001 season," stated Joey Clanton. "That car is awesome. We have a fleet of great cars, between Repeat and Little Girl I don't think that I could pick a favorite."

It seems that all of the cars in the Steve Dale Motorsports garage are top-notch along with the pit crew and team members. While Clanton has done his job on the track staying ahead of his competition, he gives most of the credit of the No. 83's success to the team. "Our pit crew practices every day. Some days we can't get the guys to go home because they just want to keep perfecting the pit stops. The dedication of the guys is second to none, I just couldn't be happier."

Look for the No. 83 Camp Fire USA Georgia Council Chevrolet Monte Carlo to take its third straight win this weekend as it heads to Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway for the drop of the green flag at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. The race will be broadcast tape-delayed on The National Network (TNN) beginning at 12:00 a.m. EST on Sunday, April 14.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Joey Clanton , Mike Garvey