051513 ClantonHS

Hometown: Zebulon, GA
Birthday: Aug. 29, 1975
Marital Status: Married (wife Michelle)
Children: Son Ryan Zachary (b. 1/28/03)
Car: No. 25 Capital Race Cars Chassis
Car Owner: Shane Clanton Racing
Website: Coming soon....

2013 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Stats:

Events: 46
Starts: 46
Wins: 4 – Screven Motor Speedway/Sylvania, Ga.; Smoky Mountain Speedway/Maryville, Tenn.; I-30 Speedway/Little Rock, Ark.; Stateline Speedway/Busti, N.Y.
Top 5: 23
Top 10: 40
Fast Times: 3
Heat Wins: 16
B-Main Wins: 2
Points Standings Finish: 3rd (-152)
Total Season Earnings: $191,550

WoO LMS History: Was not a WoO LMS regular in 2004, but won first career tour event that season, on May 8 at North Georgia Speedway... Became a WoO LMS regular in '05 and finished 10th in the point standings despite being sidelined for nearly two months after suffering a separated left shoulder in an April incident at Lernerville Speedway. After recovering from shoulder surgery he returned to the trail and finished the season strong, winning on Oct. 26 at Golden Isles Speedway...

Enjoyed breakout season in 2006, winning twice (at Pennsy's Tri-City Speedway and the Pittsburgher 100 at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway) and finishing second in the points standings, 16 points behind Tim McCreadie. Was in contention for title down to last race...

Won twice in 2007 – at Virginia Motor Speedway and in the tour's first-ever visit to Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kans. – and finished fourth in the points standings.... Four fast-time awards in 2007 tied him for second-most on the series...

Failed to qualify for just one of 43 events in 2008 – the Circle K Colossal 100, which offered only show-up points... Set a personal single-season high for wins in 2008, capturing four A-Mains. Victories came at Boone County Raceway in Albion, Neb.; Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tenn.; Tri-City Speedway in Franklin, Pa.; and I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo.... Was in battle for second-place finish in 2008 points standings but settled for fourth place...

Entered 2009 with high hopes and plenty of momentum, but experienced frustrating season. Won just once (a major race, however – April's $20,000-to-win Illini 100 at Farmer City Raceway) and slipped to a sixth-place finish in the points standings... Led '09 points standings after seventh event of season (at Fayetteville Motor Speedway), but steadily fell from contention over next two months...

His dreams of championship contention in 2010 were basically dashed when he suffered a serious thumb infection in late January, hospitalizing him for eight days and leaving him unable to race competitively in February's pair of season-opening events at Volusia Speedway Park. (He could only use provisionals to start each race for last-place finishes, putting him in an immediate hole of over 100 points.) The strep infection, which developed after he sustained a minor cut while working in his shop, poisoned his blood and ate away at the flesh in his thumb; he underwent several operations to rid his thumb of the infection... Came back strong in 2010 after his recovery, winning three A-Mains – a dramatic last-lap triumph over Josh Richards at Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway, a $30,000-plus win in Lernerville Speedway's Firecracker 100 and an Independence Day weekend score at Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway – and finishing sixth in the points standings... Placed fourth on the 2010 money-won list ($161,250, including points-fund cash) and tied for fourth in top-five finishes (15)...

Planned to focus his 2011 efforts on campaigning a new Capital Race Car chassis – a machine he built in collaboration with former driver Marshall Green – but struggled to find a rhythm and ultimately jumped between Capital and Rocket chassis throughout season. His lone win of '11, on July 19 at Gillette (Wyo.) Thunder Speedway, came in the Capital machine... Managed just four top-five and 14 top-10 finishes in '11. Finished seventh in points standings and fell short of $100,000 mark in earnings...

Ended his long relationship with car owner Ronnie Dobbins following the 2011 season to accept ride offer from John Kennedy's Kennedy Motorsports team. Began 2012 campaign driving Capital Race Cars as a teammate to John Lobb, but in July team owner John Kennedy replaced Lobb with WoO LMS veteran Tim Fuller... Scored just one victory in '12 – outdueling McCreadie and Darrell Lanigan to win the Gopher 50 on July 7 at Minnesota's Deer Creek Speedway – but finished third in the points standings. His 11 top-five finishes ranked fourth and his 25 top-10s were third-most on the '12 tour... His 15 heat-race wins in '12 were topped only by the 18 registered by WoO LMS champ Darrell Lanigan...

Enjoyed arguably his best WoO LMS season ever in 2013, steering his Kennedy Motorsports Capital Race Car equipment to a solid third-place finish in the points standings. He ended the year 152 points behind champion Josh Richards and just two in arrears of runner-up Lanigan – a vast difference from his '12 third-place finish in the WoO LMS standings, when he was a gargantuan 466 points out of first.... Tied his single-season career high of four wins. All the scores came during the first half of the season: the opener at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga.; Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn.; I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark.; and Stateline Speedway in Busti, N.Y.... Clanton's victory on June 1 at Stateline was especially memorable. It came on his wife Michelle's 25th birthday – and at a track just a half-hour from her native home in Warren, Pa. She grew up watching her father, Ron Davies, compete at Stateline.... Recorded a career-high 23 top-five and 40 top-10 finishes and earned a personal-best $191,550....

Enters 2014 season with 20 career WoO LMS wins and as one of only two drivers (Lanigan is the other) with at least one victory every season since 2004.... Plans to field his own Capital Race Cars in 2014 after leaving Kennedy Motorsports in December '13....

Other Racing History: Began racing career in 1994, competing in the Sportsman division at local tracks such as Dixie Speedway and 7 Flags Speedway... Won more than 50 Sportsman features throughout the Southeast before advancing to the dirt Late Model class... After hooking up with car owner Ronnie Dobbins and SAE Parts, Inc. in 2003, increased schedule and broke out with seven wins, including the prestigious Ice Bowl event at Talladega (Ala.) Short Track and the $10,000 Georgia Challenge at North Georgia Speedway... Toured with the Xtreme DirtCar Series in 2004, finishing seventh in points and earning Rookie of the Year honors. His five XDCS wins were highlighted by the $10,000 Dixie Shootout... Major victories in 2005 included the Ice Bowl; $10,000 James King Memorial at Columbus (Miss.) Speedway; the Tar Heel 50; and Turkey Rumble at North Georgia... Won six races off the WoO LM tour in 2006, including Southern All-Stars Series events at North Georgia, Talladega and Crossville, Tenn.; the Yankee-Doodle 50 at Central PA Speedway; and the first round of the Dixie Shootout at Rome (Ga.) Speedway (worth $15,000)... Earned $25,000 for capturing the Magnolia 100 on Sept. 29, 2007, at Columbus (Miss.) Speedway... Cemented his status as a true national star in 2008 with a victory in the prestigious World 100 at Ohio's Eldora Speedway – one of a dozen races he won away from the WoO LMS in '08... Won back-to-back $20,000 first-place prizes late in 2009 season, capturing Columbus's Magnolia 100 for the second time in three seasons and a 100-lap event at Ohio's K-C Raceway the following week... Non-Outlaw victories in 2010 included unsanctioned race at Dixie Speedway, All-Star Late Model Series show at Lernerville and a Lucas Oil Series event at Rome Speedway... Drove Kennedy Motorsports equipment to victories in five non-WoO events in 2012, including the $100,000 Dream at Eldora and the 'Epic' event at Ohio's Brushcreek Motorsports Complex (earning a Harley motorcycle for the win). The Dream triumph made him just the fifth driver in history to win both of Eldora's crown-jewel events... Victories away from the WoO LMS in '13 included a $15,000 checkered flag in October's Fall Classic at Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, Miss....

Interesting Facts: Hobbies include skiing and deep-sea fishing... His late father, Billy, was a well-known dirt-track racer in the Southeast, and his older brothers Rusty and Joey are asphalt drivers (Joey was the 2002 ASA series champion and has competed on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series)... Is nicknamed 'Coconut' and the 'Georgia Bulldog.'... In an August 2012 ceremony in Panama City Beach, Fla., he married Michelle Davies, the daughter of veteran western Pennsylvania dirt Late Model racer Ron Davies, who followed the 2011 WoO LMS...

 

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