Shane Clanton drives his
new Capitol Race Car to his first win with the brand in Saturday's "Shamrock 100" at Cleveland
Locust Grove, Ga.'s Shane Clanton after Saturday's
"Shamrock 100" at Cleveland Speedway. (Thomas Hendrickson)
Southern All Stars: Clanton
Checks Out For Shamrock Victory at Cleveland
CLEVELAND, Tenn. - Mar. 12. A dominant Shane Clanton raced to a $10,000 win in Saturday's 16th annual "Shamrock
60" at Cleveland Speedway. The , Locust Grove, Ga. veteran led all 60 laps in a race that saw few cautions to
interrupt his blistering pace.
The win was also the first for fellow Georgia resident Marshall Green, who saw his new Capitol Race car of his
own design sitting in Victory Lane for the first time.
Todd Morrow races second ahead of #8 David Payne before Payne made a move for the
position in the only significant pass inside the top five. (Michael Moats)
Jake Knowles chases Alabama veteran Bo Shirley (111) before Shirley was taken out in
a wreck with another car. (Thomas
With 38 entries on hand, Dale McDowell grabbed fast time honors with his 14.836-second lap, but was unable to
stop the fleet Clanton in the first heat race. With the feature green, Clanton left the fight for second, with Todd
Morrow and David Payne the initial players. Payne battled his way into the spot just before a lap five caution fpr
a tangle involving Randy Weaver and Jeff Franklin, along with Shawn Chastain, Tommy Kerr, and Jake Knowles.
Franklin's ride aggainst the outside wall took his race car out of the hunt.
Jeff Franklin gets up onto the wall after contact from #116 Randy Weaver, ending
Frankin's night early. (Michael Moats)
Clanton held a strong advantage after the restart, while Morrow fought to get his second spot back from
Payne, but the track proved unyielding. The two were able to reel in Clanton as the leader attempted to clear
lapped traffic, but with a caution on lap 42, the coast was clear again. With the restart, the caution reappeared
as rookie Tanner Works and Bo Shirley got together, retiring both for the night.
Back under way, passing continued to be difficult on the dusty track, and with Clanton sailing to the win, the
top five remained the same as Payne put in his best ever Shamrock showing in second, ahead of Morrow and Jimmy
Owens. McDowell completed the top five after holding off young driver William Thomas.
Jimmy Owens and #22 William Thomas race side by side before ultimately finishing
fourth and sixth, respectively. (Thomas
Riley Hickman chases #53 Ray Cook and rookie Tanner Works at Cleveland before Works
got tangled with Bo Shirley. (Michael
Mar. 12 - Shamrock 60 - Cleveland
1) Shane Clanton, 2) David Payne,
3) Todd Morrow, 4) Jimmy Owens, 5) Dale McDowell, 6) William Thomas, 7) Ray Cook, 8) Riley Hickman, 9)
Billy Ogle, Jr., 10) Derek Ellis, 11) Tommy Kerr (prov.), 12) Tanner Works, 13) Bo Shirley, 14) Shawn
Chastain, 15) Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, 16) Randy Weaver, 17) Mike Marlar, 18) Jake Knowles (prov., 19)
Eric Wells, 20) Mike Weeks, 21) Steve Smith, 22) Brandon Williams, 23) Skip Arp, 24) Jeff
Fast Time (38 entries): McDowell (14.836); Heat winners: Clanton, Payne, Morrow,
Owens; B-Main winners: Weaver, Smith.