What are your 2016 goals? “What makes it unique is it’s the first year I’ve been crowned a champion and where you go with it you get called “Champion.” That sticks with me for at least one year, and our goal is to repeat. I want to win. A win is a lot better than Top 2 or Top 3.”
What is the one race you target every year as a must win? “There are always two that you want to win, and that’s the two bigger ones: Lernerville [Speedway] and Cedar Lake [Speedway]. I’ve won Lernerville so I’m putting a lot of emphasis on it, but I’m putting a lot of emphasis on Cedar Lake this year just because it’s $50,000. I’ve never really been good there, but to go there and win a big race for $50,000 – the biggest race all year – that’s why we’re really focusing-in on that race.”
Who is your biggest competition? “We race everybody the same. We race you like you race us. If they race you badly, give you no room, then you give them no room. But if the guy wants to race side-by-side with you…it doesn’t matter who it is. You learn who you can race with and who you can’t over the course of the year. There’s been give-and-take a lot this year.”
Why are you an Outlaw? “It’s the best series out there. Of course there’s only two [series] and this is the best one or else I wouldn’t be running it. All the rejects, I call them, went over there.”
Other Racing History: Clanton is one of only five drivers to win both Eldora Speedway’s crown jewel events, the World 100 and the Dirt Late Model Dream. He first made a name for himself driving regional before traveling with the Xtreme DirtCar Series in 2004 where he finished seventh in points and earned Rookie of the Year honors. Along with his driving career, Clanton operates Capital Race Cars with retired driver and fellow Georgian Marshall Green.