Clanton is confident he can get first Busch win

By Anthony Rhoads

Now that the NASCAR Busch Series is well into the second half of the 2003 season, rookie Joey Clanton is continuing to make his way up the ranks.

Clanton, from Stockbridge, is currently ranked No. 28 in the Busch points standings and is the third in the Busch rookie points standings.

Clanton hasn't won yet but has posted five top-20s in 10 races driving the No. 27 TrimSpa car owned by Brewco Motorsports.

"I feel that we have good things going on at Brewco Motorsports and that we have a good shot at scoring our first victory during the second half of the season," Clanton said on the www.catchfence.com website.

Clanton didn't have much luck in his last outing as he was in an accident and placed 27th last weekend at New Hampshire Speedway. This Saturday the Busch Series visits Pikes Peak in the Colorado 250.

Clanton won the 2002 American Speed Association national points championship and was the 2000 ASA rookie of the year.

He has also competed in the Southern All-Stars series and is an alumnus of Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder series.

nReed Sorenson, a three-time points champion at Thursday Thunder, is the leading candidate for the ASA rookie of the year.

Sorenson, whose race team is based out of Forest Park, is currently ranked third in the national points standings and is the top rookie so far in the 2003 season.

He has posted two pole positions, five top-fives and eight top-10s this season.

In last weekend's ASA race at Madison International Speedway, he finished 12th.

The ASA gets back into action Aug. 2 at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich.

The ASA is the nation's premier short-track series and has been a stepping stone for many NASCAR Winston Cup drivers including Darrell Waltrip, Rusty Wallace, Mark Martin and Matt Kenseth.

Sorenson is in line to race in the Busch Series. Earlier this year, he signed a developmental contract with legendary owner Chip Ganassi, who has fielded stock-car and open-wheel race teams.

Here is a glance at local racing action:

nAt Senoia Speedway last weekend, Thursday Thunder regular Doc Lee won the Semi-Pro race. Bubba Harry, who is in contention for this year's Thursday Thunder Semi-Pro points title, was runner-up to Lee.

In the Bandolero event, Jonathan Chandler was victorious.

nAt Lanier Speedway over the weekend, Henry County High School student Chris Dilbeck continues to dominate the Pro Division.

Dilbeck won his fifth race of the season and is leading the race for the points championship. In 10 races he has not finished outside the top five.