Clements Sets the Bar High with Third Place Finish at Daytona SPARTANBURG, SC (February 12, 2007) -- Lady Luck finally joined Jeremy Clements in his third Daytona "ARCA 200" start. Clements' family-owned ...
Clements Sets the Bar High with Third Place Finish at Daytona
SPARTANBURG, SC (February 12, 2007) -- Lady Luck finally joined Jeremy Clements in his third Daytona "ARCA 200" start.
Clements' family-owned #3 team made their first appearance at the 2.5-mi megaplace of speed in 2003. Jeremy qualified an astounding 4th in his second career ARCA RE/MAX Series event but was plagued with a DNF.
In 2006, the South Carolina team returned and advanced seventeen positions from their 30th starting spot to finish 13th. Finally in last weekend's event, Jeremy's results are indicative of his performance as the #3 Harrison's Workwear/One Stop Convenience Stores/Saxon Group Chevy thundered into the top-10 on the first lap from their 12th place starting position and never dropped out of the top-10 as they steadily advanced to a podium finish.
"We just needed to make the show down here and with 66 cars, that wasn't an easy job," stated the 22 year-old Spartanburg, SC, driver. "We left a little on the table but knew 12th would give us a good spot to work with so then we just needed to keep the car clean and avoid a lot of the beatin' and bangin' around us. There was nothing you could really do out there besides stay in line because the outside line wasn't going anywhere. I not happy with third but there was nothing we could do -- Gerhart's car was dominant."
Clements was able to keep his machine pointed to the front the entire race and avoid numerous cautions. The biggest challenge of his race would come in the form of repetitive late-race cautions as he had to fend Roush Racing's Nextel Cup driver David Ragan off of his back bumper including in a two lap shootout for the checkered. Veteran Bobby Gerhart claimed his third consecutive Daytona win with Marc Mitchell, in a leased car and engine package from the Clements Racing team, finishing second and Jeremy Clements taking his super-powered (but lacking primary sponsorship) Chevy ride to a third place finish ahead of David Ragan and 8-time champion Frank Kimmel.
"This finish says a whole lot about our team - we had a heck of a run," Clements said. "Every track we've gone to, we've been good. I just want to win one of these things. We pick the events that get television coverage in hopes that a NASCAR owner will be watching and invite me to test or a sponsor is watching that wants to be that missing piece in a team that has what it takes."
Clements hopes to keep the momentum going as he's perched in the top-10 in series' points but the team may be forced not to compete in the 2nd ARCA RE/MAX event of the 2007 season on March 24th at USA Int'l Speedway in Lakeland, FL, if additional sponsorship isn't secured for that event because their next planned race will be event #3 at the Music City speedway of Nashville, TN.