Greenfield set for Daytona run
Clarksville driver confident after running 10th last year
CLARKSVILLE, TENN. — In the days leading up to this Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series opener at Daytona International Speedway, Clay Greenfield was alongside his pit crew working on the setup for his Dodge Ram.
A year ago, the Clarksville driver had his best finish in a Camping World Truck Series race when he completed his trek around Daytona for a 10th-place finish. This Friday, Greenfield is hoping to build on that momentum.
Greenfield will have to qualify to break into the field of 36 trucks for the NextEra Energy Resources 250, but his experience, confidence and knowledge of the massive Daytona International Speedway layout are intangibles he will rely on when testing begins on Thursday, followed by Friday afternoon’s qualifying.
Greenfield gained some momentum last weekend when U.S. Pavement Services and 1-800-PAVEMENT announced it would sponsor Greenfield’s No. 68 Dodge Ram for Friday’s race. This is U.S. Pavement Services’ first venture into NASCAR sponsorship and it’s only for this race.
Greenfield owns a paving business and is part of the 1-800-Pavement Network. Titan Tool will also be an associate sponsor for Greenfield’s truck.
“I am really happy that U.S. Pavement Services and 1-800-PAVEMENT are on board to sponsor me and I look forward to us having a good run and try to back up the top ten finish I had last year,” Greenfield said.
Although U.S. Pavement Services has obligated only to the Daytona race, Greenfield knows a good finish could potentially result in additional sponsorship.
Greenfield, who is also scheduled to race at Martinsville, Va. in two weeks, will be re-united with crew chief Danny Gill, who gave Greenfield his first laps in a truck series race with Team Gill Racing.
Gill Racing also worked with Dennis Setzer, Johnny Benson and Steve Park on the truck series.
“It’s good to have Danny back,” Greenfield said. “It’s made a big difference on our team. He brings a level of knowledge and experience that we didn’t have otherwise. Danny is the one that gave me my break in the truck series and it’s good to work with him again.”
Greenfield’s racing career dates back to 1997, and he’s made stops on the UARA/STARS Series, the ARCA ReMax Series and NASCAR Late Models at Nashville Fairgrounds.
He’s spent parts of the past three seasons racing in the Craftsman Truck Series.
Before flying to Daytona on Tuesday, Greenfield spent most of his time in recent days in Murfreesboro working at Gill Racing’s headquarters. He spent Friday with his pit crew going over notes from last season’s Daytona run and working on his truck’s setup.
“The experience is everything,” Greenfield said. “The trucks are a lot different than other types of racing that I’ve done. The first year was a big learning experience and every time you get on the race track you learn. I feel now I can compete with anybody.”
In his 14th career Craftsman Truck Series race, Greenfield qualified 26th for last year’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona. He methodically worked his way through the field, avoided a series of crashes, and waited at the right moments to make a series of passes that allowed him to become one of two rookies to make top ten finishes.
Knowing he improved his position by 16 places provided Greenfield with the confidence to compete at one of NASCAR’s superspeedways.
With most of the field for Friday already locked in based on owner’s points, Greenfield said trying to grab one of the remaining 11 qualifying spots will provide most of the anxiety.
Testing for the Craftsman Truck Series is Thursday, with qualifying and the 100 lap main event both scheduled for Friday.
Greenfield, who will run the same truck he unloaded off the hauler last February, said there’s a unique quality about Daytona International Speedway.
“There are a lot of things that makes Daytona a special track,” Greenfield said. “It’s totally different than any other track we go to other than Talladegea. There is a different mindset going into those races, a feeling of racing in the draft. For someone that has never done it, it’s hard to put into words.
“This truck has always been good for us. It drives really well. Last year we didn’t have an incredibly impressive qualifying speed, but the truck ran really well and it ran well in the draft.”
Greenfield set for Daytona run