Clanton after a wreck at Martinsville in 2007.
November 1, 1972 |
|Achievements||2002 American Speed Association Champion|
|NASCAR Nationwide Series career|
|18 race(s) run over 1 year(s)|
|Best finish||30th - 2003|
|First race||2003 Hardee's 250 (Richmond)|
|Last race||2003 Stacker 200 (Dover)|
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career|
|19 race(s) run over year(s)|
|Best finish||20th - 2007|
|First race||2004 Florida Dodge Dealers 250 (Daytona)|
|Last race||2008 Chevy Silverado HD 250 (Daytona)|
|Statistics current as of February 10, 2012.|
Joseph Clanton (born November 1, 1972) is an American race car driver and businessman. He was the 2002 champion in the now-defunct American Speed Association stock car series. He is also the owner of two Zaxby's franchises.
Clanton made his debut in the then-NASCAR Busch Series in the 2003 Hardee's 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Driving the #27 Trim Spa Pontiac for Brewco Motorsports, he started and finished 22nd. Clanton would drive in seventeen more races and earn one top 10 finish, a career-best 5th at Pikes Peak. After the Stacker 200 Presented by YJ Stinger, Clanton was replaced in the car by Chase Montgomery, whom he had replaced earlier in the season. He has not returned to the series since then.
Craftsman Truck Series
In 2004, Clanton made his debut in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, driving the #40 Chevrolet for Key Motorsports. In his first race at Daytona International Speedway, he crashed and finished 32nd. He also crashed the next race, finishing 31st at Atlanta. Clanton would not return to the series until 2007, when he brought Zaxby's sponsorship to the #09 Ford of JTG Racing. Sharing the ride with Stacy Compton, he ran in 16 of the 25 series events and earned five top 10s, including a career best of 6th at both Daytona and Atlanta.
During the offseason, it was announced that Clanton would take the sponsorship and number and run full-time for Roush Fenway Racing in 2008. After crashing out of the season-opening race at Daytona, he was released and replaced by Travis Kvapil effective immediately.
|ASA National Tour Champion