Clanton wins Toledo -- Northwest Ohio Ford Dealers 300. Toledo, OH (August 11, 2002) -- Joey Clanton of Georgia re-established himself as the driver to beat in 2002 ASA Racing as he survived a rugged affair that saw fourteen caution flags and...
Clanton wins Toledo -- Northwest Ohio Ford Dealers 300.
Toledo, OH (August 11, 2002) -- Joey Clanton of Georgia re-established himself as the driver to beat in 2002 ASA Racing as he survived a rugged affair that saw fourteen caution flags and won the Metro Toledo -- Northwest Ohio Ford Dealers 300 presented by Jani-King and Sterling at the .5-mile Toledo Speedway oval.
For Clanton it marks a 12th career win and eighth of the season. The victory allows him to re-take the championship points lead from Gary St. Amant who finished 12th.
Joey Clanton took race leadership at the start from his outside front row position over pole sitter Butch Miller. Kevin Cywinski, who wound up third at the finish, shared the lead with Clanton and Miller through the first 77 circuits. From their, Clanton and his number 83 Camp Fire USA car never relinquished the point. It wasn't without a challenge.
Twice during the race, first-year driver Jason Boyd of Orlando (FL) steered his number 83 Jani-King machine alongside Clanton in a thrilling battle for the lead. The second time a caution flag came out nearly as the two fought side-by-side across the start / finish line.
"We tested here and surely had a great car today," said Clanton, the '00 ASA Rookie of the Year. "This new surface is definitely fast but the cars handle awesome, sometimes too well. I knew we hadn't lost our focus and preparation so this win means a lot."
Runner-up Butch Miller led briefly although never really threatened Joey Clanton. "I'm not sure there was much more I could do with the car, it might be one of the best we've had," said Miller, a three-time winner this season. "It was a good day for us and these Toledo fans are super."
Clanton holds a 39-point margin over Gary St. Amant, while David Stremme maintains the rookie points lead with a 207point advantage over Dan Fredrickson.
The 2002 ASA Racing Series is next in action on Sunday, August 25 at the Memphis Motorsports Park in Millington (TN) for the Jani-King 200 presented by Flash Market.. The race will take the green flag just after 2 p.m. (Central) and will be telecast live on TNN The National Network.