Clanton places 15th in Busch Series race

By Anthony Rhoads

Stockbridge's Joey Clanton earned his first top-15 of the season in the NASCAR Busch Series Charter Pipeline 250 held Saturday in St. Louis.

It was Clanton's second Busch start this season after making his debut May 2 in Richmond. In Richmond, Clanton was running in the top-15 but a late-race wreck dropped him back to 22nd place.

In Saturday's race in St. Louis, Clanton started 35th.

Clanton is driving the No. 27 TrimSpa Pontiac for the Brewco Motorsports team in the Busch Series after a successful three-year stint in the American Speed Association.

Clanton won the ASA national points championship in 2002 and was the ASA rookie of the year in 2000.

Kite trying to make Indy 500 field: Stockbridge's Jimmy Kite is trying to qualify for this year's Indianapolis 500.

Kite made his Indy 500 debut in 1998 and also raced in the event in 1999 and 2000.

Last week, Kite failed to make it into the top 24 qualifiers for the race but he will have one last chance to qualify for the 33-car field this Sunday on ?Bump Day.'

Last year, Kite attempted to qualify for the Indy 500 but a rainout on Bump Day dashed his hopes of competing in his fourth Indy 500.

Dilbeck wins Legends race: Henry County High school student Chris Dilbeck won a 20-lap Legends Pro Division race Saturday at Lanier National Speedway.

Dilbeck also competes in Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder summer racing series, which begins June 6.

Last season in the Semi-Pro Division, Dilbeck won three races and finished second in the final points standings at Thursday Thunder.

Jonesboro graduate on Georgia Southern race team: Java White, a 1998 Jonesboro High School graduate, is working on the Georgia Southern Formula SAE team.

The team is building a miniature formula-style racecar to compete against other colleges.

The team travels to Pontiac, Michigan this week for the SAE Competition and will compete against 143 other teams. The event begins Wednesday and concludes Saturday.

White has also competed as a member of Georgia Southern's Mini-Baja race team. The team designed, built and raced an off-road vehicle last month during a competition in Orlando.

White is a 2003 graduating senior with a major in mechanical engineering technology.