Clanton comes back to win Memphis. Millington, TN (August 25, 2002) -- Joey Clanton of Georgia continued his storybook season in the ASA Racing Series as he completed a remarkable comeback, passing Kevin Cywinski on lap 199, to capture ...
Clanton comes back to win Memphis.
Millington, TN (August 25, 2002) -- Joey Clanton of Georgia continued his storybook season in the ASA Racing Series as he completed a remarkable comeback, passing Kevin Cywinski on lap 199, to capture the Jani-King 200 presented by Flash Market at Memphis M otorsports Park. It was Clanton's 9th win this season and a second victory since 2000 at the .75-mile oval track.
Cywinski had secured the lead following a dramatic collision between race leaders Butch Miller and Travis Kittleson on lap 130. The Wausau (WI) veteran, after starting fifth, controlled the race although by then Joey Clanton had begun his climb back into t he hunt.
Clanton, the pole-sitter, dominated the first half of the event, leading through lap 107. After the Camp Fire USA team decided to make their first pit stop a four-tire change, Clanton came out in the sixth position with Butch Miller taking over race leader ship.
Ironically, Clanton's car was damaged during the Miller/Kittleson incident. "We had some cut tires because of the wreck so we had to come in," said Clanton. "Luckily it didn't really damage the car, so once we made the change it was all systems go."
The caution came out at lap 198 and the ASA rule is to hold the lap count at any yellow flag condition inside of the final five laps.
Kevin Cywinski was unable to hold off Joey Clanton with the series point's leader passing Cywinski's LaFavre Racing Teams number 1 car on the inside coming to the stripe as they took the white flag. From there, Clanton held on to claim the win as the crowd roared its approval.
A multi-car crash occurred at the finish line as the leaders came through turn three of the final circuit. Clanton took the checkered flag with Kevin Cywinski the runner-up by .671 seconds. Mike Garvey, Gary St. Amant and Reed Sorenson rounded out the top- five finishers.
Clanton pockets $20,165 for the win including a $3,750 bonus from VP Racing Fuels for winning from the pole.
Clanton holds a 67-point margin over Gary St. Amant in the championship point's chase with five events still remaining.
The 2002 ASA Racing Series is next in action on Monday, September 2, for the annual Labor Day Miller Lite 300 at the Minnesota State Fair Speedway in St. Paul (MN). The race will take the green flag just after 2 p.m. (Central).