Clanton Lands At Roush Fenway
Just three years ago, Joey Clanton
thought his days of making a career in racing were over. Operating a couple of Zaxby's restaurants in Georgia appeared to be his destiny.
Now, the connection between man and chicken is still there, but it's a matter of full-time driver and sponsor. Clanton carried Zaxby's sponsorship to a JTG/Wood Brothers Ford last season in the truck series, driving it on a part-time basis alongside ESPN commentator Stacy Compton
Tuesday, Roush Fenway announced it is bringing that No. 09 truck and sponsor to its stable, with Clanton as its full-time driver. He'll race alongside 2006 rookie of the year Erik Darnell
and rookie Colin Braun
"I am really thrilled about this opportunity with Zaxby's and Roush Fenway Racing," said Clanton, who had five top-10s in 16 starts in 2007. "Jack Roush will give me the equipment and the resources I need to win races, and that is what I intend to accomplish this year -- winning races. I can't wait to get to Daytona and start testing next month."
No. 60 Seat Filled At Wyler
, a part-time Busch Series driver in 2007, signed last week with Wyler Racing to drive the No. 60 Toyota formerly piloted by Jack Sprague
Johns brought an Internet company sponsorship to Wyler, allowing him to sign a two-year contract. The 25-year-old Georgia native will be a newcomer to the trucks, a change in the seat he is taking.
"It's going to be different going from a veteran driver like Jack last year to a young, up-and-coming one like Richard this season," said Wyler Racing general manager Tom Buzze.
Johns made 15 Busch starts last season in a Team Rensi Ford with an average finish of 28.0.