February 16, 2008 2:54 PM

Accident Halts Strong Run for Clanton in Roush Fenway Racing Debut

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 15, 2008) – Joey Clanton’s first outing for Roush Fenway Racing turned out to be an eventful one as the Zaxby’s Ford F-150 saw both the highs and lows of Daytona International Speedway.  After struggling during first practice, the Zaxby’s team rebounded to finish third on the speed chart at the end of final practice.  Clanton qualified 11th and crew chief Chad Norris felt their truck would be a contender for the race win.

When the green flag dropped, Clanton held his ground, remaining in the top 15.  The Zaxby’s Ford F-150 brushed the outside wall in turn four on lap seven but no damage was sustained.  When the first caution flew on lap nine, Clanton was running 12th and reporting that the truck was “losing the nose up off the corner on the right side.”  Norris called for right-side tires and fuel.  After a solid pit stop, Clanton restarted 11th on lap 14.

The Zaxby’s Ford F-150 was up to eighth when the second caution fell on lap 18.  “The truck is real good right there,” Clanton reported to his crew.  He restarted fifth on lap 23.  The strong run came to an end on the same lap when Clanton was caught up in a multi-truck wreck.  The Zaxby’s Ford F-150 suffered sizeable damage and Clanton was unable to rejoin the race.

“It wasn’t a good night,” said Clanton.  “It was frustrating.  We had a good truck.  I’m still excited about being here at Roush Fenway Racing.  We just have to finish races.  I’m looking forward to getting back to California next week.  I really hate it for all the guys here and at the shop because they are working hard to get us really good trucks.  We had the good trucks down here but we just didn’t bring it home this time.”

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series returns to action next weekend at California Speedway on Saturday, February 23.  The race will be televised live on FOX at 3 p.m. (EST).

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Roush Fenway Racing operates 13 full-time motorsports teams, five in NASCAR Sprint Cup with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; four in the Nationwide Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Erik Darnell and Colin Braun; three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Darnell, Braun and Joey Clanton; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

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