Salem II: Josh Clemons preview

Josh Clemons Looks To Stun ARCA Field At Salem Salem, Indiana - - Clemons Racing, a new team to the ARCA RE/MAX Series in 2004 announced today that they have filed an entry for the upcoming Eddie Gilstrap Motors ARCA Fall Classic by Advance Auto...

Josh Clemons Looks To Stun ARCA Field At Salem

Salem, Indiana - - Clemons Racing, a new team to the ARCA RE/MAX Series in 2004 announced today that they have filed an entry for the upcoming Eddie Gilstrap Motors ARCA Fall Classic by Advance Auto Parts set for this Saturday, September 18th, 2004 at Salem Speedway.

Josh Clemons, the driver is no stranger to Salem Speedway. He has competed in several events at the legendary 0xda6ce oval in several different racing sanctions including the United Speed Alliance Racing (USAR), and NASCAR AutoZone Elite Divisions

Now, Clemons is ready to face his next challenge as his Indiana based team will shift their focus from the ARCA RE/MAX Series Superspeedway events to a brutal short track brawl.

"I'm very pumped about this weekend," said Clemons, the driver of car 41. "It's been a while since our team has last competed in an ARCA event, but we're ready to get back to action and feel we have something to prove on Saturday night."

Indeed, the 28-year old rookie is feeling the pressure. Why? Salem Speedway is considered Josh's hometown track. Residing just thirty minutes from Salem, Clemons will have fans in the stands rooting him on as he looks to stun the ARCA regulars and capture his first victory in just his third career start.

Earlier this season the driver of the No. 41 United States of Mind Ford Taurus competed at Nashville Superspeedway and Kentucky Speedway.

At Nashville, the rookie showed his potential by qualifying in the top ten (seventh), and motoring to an impressive ninth. At Kentucky, the team looked to accelerate past those results. A superb qualifying effort of fifth left the team with high hopes, but unfortunately Clemons developed engine fatigue knocking the former late model competitor out of the race and a disappointing 28th place finish.

The team attempted to qualify for the second Kentucky Speedway event, but mother nature halted the team's effort canceling qualifying, sending the Clemons Racing team out and headed home.

With the engine now rebuilt, the team hopes their mechanical woes will settle down, allowing Josh to show more maturity, and talent in what is expected to be one of the most competitive short tracks event this season.

"I love Salem Speedway," continued the New Albany, Indiana native. "Salem is a very fast track, and while everything happens quickly, I strongly believe if we can qualify up front and stay up their for a majority of the event, we'll have something in the end."

In addition to United States of Mind, Sky Spy, Cybertek Engineering, and Tech Star Design and Manufacturing, have joined the No. 41 machine as associate sponsors for the weekend.

"I cannot thank my associate sponsors enough, they are very important to me, and play a huge part in our program," explained Clemons, who aims at a full assault in the NASCAR Busch Series next season.

Despite no prior experience at Salem Speedway in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, the former Go-Kart champion has no fears. "In short track racing it's usually about survival. While it's a benefit to me to have some seat time around the track, every driver needs a little luck. We hope to be lucky and fast on Saturday night and give my hometown fans a reason to celebrate."

Following Salem, Clemons Racing is expected to compete in the ARCA RE/MAX Series season finale at Talladega Superspeedway in the Food World 300.

The Eddie Gilstrap Motors ARCA Fall Classic by Advance Auto Parts is the 21st of 22 events on the 2004 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. This weekend will mark the second time the teams have competed at Salem Speedway this season. First round practice is on tap Saturday afternoon with qualifying also on the agenda that afternoon, with the race set to take the green flag later that night. The Speed Channel will broadcast the race with same-day coverage starting at 10:30 PM EST.

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