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Clanton wrecks, takes 41st in Busch race

By Anthony Rhoads

Last week, Stockbridge's Joey Clanton snagged his first top-five finish in his inaugural season on the NASCAR Busch Series.

On Saturday, Clanton began on a positive note by qualifying in 12th place for the Kroger 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

The promising start didn't carry over into the race as Clanton wrecked on lap 19 when he tried to pass Martin Truex. Clanton finished in 41st place.

It was Clanton's worst finish this season.

Clanton drops to 27th in the season points standings but is ranked third in the rookie points standings.

Clanton raced in the American Speed Association series from 2000-02 and captured the national points championship in 2002. He won the ASA rookie of the year award in 2000 and finished third in the national points standings in 2001.

This year, he's driving the No. 27 TrimSpa Pontiac on the Busch series.

Clanton previously raced at Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder Legends series and Lowe's Motor Speedway's Summer Shootout. He also competed in the Southern All-Stars series.

In other racing news:

Reed Sorenson, a three-time points champion at Thursday Thunder, is the top-ranked rookie in the ASA and is third in the overall points standings.

In Saturday's ASA race at Berlin Raceway in Michigan, he finished eighth.

Sorenson, a Woodward Academy student, recently signed a developmental Busch contract with legendary race-car owner Chip Ganassi.

At Senoia Speedway on Saturday, Thursday Thunder regulars made a good showing.

Doug Ludwig won the Pro Division race, Doc Lee won in Semi-Pro and Jonathan Chandler won in Bandoleros.

The 2003 Thursday Thunder summer racing series concludes this Thursday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Two sets of feature races will be run as last week's racing action was rained out.

For more information about Thursday Thunder, visit the www.atlantamotorspeedway.com or www.legendsofga.com websites.