CLANTON CLAIMS CLASSIC; BLAIR SCORES ASLMS CHAMPIONSHIP
CHILLICOTHE, OH (Oct 3, 2009) Shane Clanton held off a late surge from Eddie Carrier Jr. to collect $20,000 Saturday at the First Annual Dirt Track World Cup Classic at KC Raceway in Chillicothe, OH. VP swept the top three as Clanton, Carrier and third place Brandon Kinzer all were powered by VP’s Late Model Plus racing fuel. Late Model Plus also is the fuel of choice for Rob Blair, whose 9th place finish clinched the 2009 O’Reilly All Star Late Model Series Championship for the Titusville, PA-based driver.
"I saw Eddie (Carrier Jr.) up their in turn four and I thought I need to get a little lower, Clanton said in Rubbin Repair Victory Lane. He made me get up on the wheel and push it a little harder. But he raced me clean and I hope it made a great race for the fans.
"We've struggled just a little bit all year, but the last couple weeks have made up for it. My crew, these two guys here, have stuck with me and we've worked hard to get here. It's great to win this first Dirt Cup Classic here at K-C. It was a little cool for the fans, but we appreciate Jeff (Schrader) and the fans giving us a chance to race for this type of money deal."
"I would like to thank the fans and drivers who turned out for our inaugural event," said K-C promoter Jeff Schrader. "The weather didn't help us Friday, but we survived. We want to grow this race each and every year. We didn't get rich, but fans can expect the second annual "Classic" about the same time next year. Thanks for making this event a success."
Brandon Kinzer and Rob Blair paced the 26 car field to the green flag with Kinzer settling in as the race leader. Blair got off to a slow start as Shane Clanton, Duane Chamberlain, and Eddie Carrier all got by before Robbie was able to fall in line in the fifth spot.
As the laps ticked down, Kinzer got locked behind the back-markers while Chamberlain raced hard with Clanton for the second spot with Carrier close in tow. On lap 18 the Chamberlain, Clanton, Carrier trio went three wide battling for the second spot. By lap 22 Kinzer broke through the lapped traffic and jumped a few car lengths ahead. The same lap Coleby Frye slowed to bring out the first caution.
Clanton took the lead on the double-file restart as Chamberlain found some grip on the bottom of turn four to get under Kinzer while Carrier used the outside to move into third. The top five stayed the same until lap 35 when ASLMS point leader Boom Briggs slowed to bring out the caution. A quick lap later ASLMS regular Jared Hawkins came to a stop in turn 2.
When racing resumed Chamberlain took a look under Clanton for the lead but Clanton held on to the lead. By lap 43 Steve Casebolt had made his way from his 22nd place start to tenth place. On lap 45, with Clanton began separating himself from the challenges of Chamberlain as two laps later, Bart Hartmans mount came up lame to bring out a lap 47 caution.
Clanton continued to lead as Casebolt continued his assault to the front. The leaders caught the back of the field again and as soon as they did, Rick Auckland spun directly in front of Clanton to bring out another caution. The laps continued to wind down and with around 20 laps remaining, Carrier Jr. decided it was time to go as he made his way past Chamberlain for second and set his sights on the 2008 World 100 winner, Clanton. Carrier set his Grover Motorsports Rocket Chassis underneath Clanton in each corner but could never get a good enough run to make the pass. Lap after lap Carrier tried Clanton on the bottom, eventually Carrier changed his line and tried to make the pass using the high side. Carrier looked to have found something on the outside and pulled along side of Clanton in tuns one and two. All the while, Brandon Kinzer made a smooth, low-side pass on Chamberlain to move into the third spot.
Carrier did everything he could do to get around Clanton but Shane and his RSD Enterprises, SAE Parts Inc., Stevens Plumbing and Mechanical Rocket Chassis held on for his first ASLMS win as Carrier came home second. Kinzer finished third with Steve Shaver fourth and Steve Casebolt, from his 20th starting spot, rounded out the top five.