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posted October 08, 2002 07:53 PM
Clydesdale collects 23 wins in banner rookie campaign
VINTON, Iowa (Oct. 8) - You can't ask for a better freshman season than Randy Clydesdale's.
Clydesdale, from Edmond, Kan., won 23 feature events and a pair of track titles on the way to collecting national rookie of the year honors in the I.M.C.A. Sunoco Stock Car division.
Twenty of Clydesdale's wins came in fields of 10 or more cars. He is fifth in the unofficial national point standings for the division, one of a record five drivers who attained the maximum 800 possible points this season.
His track championships were at Elmwood Park Speedway in Norton and at Rooks County Speedway in Stockton. He's also the top rookie in the SCS Fabricating Northern Region.
Joining Clydesdale as national I.M.C.A. rookies of the year for 2002 were G.W. Egbert of Salado, Texas, Modifieds; Eric Lundstrom of Berwick, Iowa, Late Models; Dustin Lindquist of Floodwood, Minn., Sprint Cars; and L. Randell Jones of Weatherford, Texas, in the Hobby Stocks.
Egbert had a pair of featue wins and 18 more top five finishes in 65 starts. He was third in the Heart O' Texas Speed-way standings and ninth in the Day Motorsports Texas Super Sunday Series points.
His national rookie award is paired with the Dirt Works South Central Region ROY.
Lundstrom, a former Modified competitor, had a pair of top-five showings in 23 starts at Hamilton County Speedway and the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway in Des Moines in his inaugural Late Model campaign. He's a teammate of national champion Todd Cooney.
The youngster of the bunch is Lindquist, a senior at Floodwood High School who will celebrate his 18th birthday in December.
He's second to two-time champion Elmer Morgan in the national Sprint points, with seven feature wins and 13 more top-five showings in 29 starts. A regular at Arlington Raceway and Redwood Speedway, Lindquist also fashioned a third-place finish in the Jackpot Junction Tour.
Jones was equally impressive in his first I.M.C.A. season, with a sixth-place national showing.
Twelve of his 15 feature wins came in fields of at least 10 cars. Jones collected five straight victories, and won six out of seven races at Kennedale Speedway Park between July 13 and Aug. 31.
He tied for fifth in points at KSP and was sixth at Boyd Raceway.