Clanton Rules Alabama State Championship
PHENIX CITY, Ala. – The Southern All Star Racing Series completed its weekend of racing competition on Sunday afternoon with the final day of the 35th Annual Alabama State Championship Races at East Alabama Motor Speedway, which saw Shane Clanton pick up his first victory with the tour in 2013.
The victory by Clanton was his first of the 2013 with the tour and his 11th career Southern All Star Racing Series victory. Clanton’s last win with the series came in May of 2011 at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Miss. Clanton’s victory also marked the 12th different driver that has seen victory lane in SAS Racing Series competition in 2013 through nineteen events.
Shane Clanton would take the lead at the start of the 40 lap, $4,000 to win contest, with Jonathan Davenport and Ivedent Lloyd Jr. giving chase, with Lloyd Jr. getting around Davenport just prior to the halfway. While Clanton maintained the top position, Saturday night winner Chris Madden, who started 15th in the event, was charging his way toward the front.
However Clanton would not be denied on this day and would visit victory lane, with Lloyd Jr. and Davenport finishing in the second and third positions respectively, while Madden’s run would earn him the Hard Charger of the race award as he would finish in the fourth position. Clint Smith would complete the top five.
The remainder of the top ten finishers on the final day of the 35th Annual Alabama State Championship Races would be Tyler Ivey, 11th starting Ray Cook, Jason Hiett, Gar Dickson and Tyler Millwood.