ROTOR SLOWS CLEMENTS' GATEWAY CHARGE SPARTANBURG, SC (September 3, 2007) - While many may think that success in the world of speed is only about horsepower and wide-open racing, Jeremy Clements' misfortunes at the "Gateway ARCA 150" proved the...
ROTOR SLOWS CLEMENTS' GATEWAY CHARGE
SPARTANBURG, SC (September 3, 2007) - While many may think that success in the world of speed is only about horsepower and wide-open racing, Jeremy Clements' misfortunes at the "Gateway ARCA 150" proved the importance of braking systems. Clements, 22, and his #3 Saxon Group/One-Stop Convenience Stores/Spartan Constructors Chevy team returned to Gateway International Raceway fresh off of a dominating win at Nashville Superspeedway and with hopes to improve their 5th place performance in their 2006 debut at the St. Louis event. Unfortunately, a faulty left front brake rotor ended the Palmetto State native's swift charge towards the front just as he entered the top-10.
The family-owned team searched for speed during practice but only boosted their average speeds enough to qualify a conservative eleventh place. But in spite of being young, Jeremy has a natural driving finesse often seen in veteran competitors. Both driver and team had confidence in their ability to be in contention for the win.
"We qualify a little conservative most of the time because we only have this one car to bring to these tracks," noted Clements. "We have struggled a bit since unloading but nothing that we cannot easily overcome in race conditions. This track is so unique with four distinct corners, all of which are tight, and the need to downshift that practically everyone here has to sacrifice some handling at one point in the track. With the daytime qualifying and racing at night, it is a toss-up how the car will handle as the track cools down."
With confidence and a strong statistical profile on his side, Clements remained undaunted from his sixth row starting position. The twilight command for the green flag was given to the forty car field full of ARCA RE/MAX Series' veterans, NASCAR development teams and full-time competitors. Once the field began to settle in for the 120 circuits around the 1.25-mi, the #3 started their march towards the front and entered the top-10.
After overtaking ninth place, Jeremy radioed in with problems that would force the team to pit. The team quickly lifted the hood and realized that the malfunction was caused by a broken left front brake rotor and their hopes of another strong performance were dashed with a mechanical DNF.
"It is very frustrating to come all of the way here and have this happen knowing we only have a few more events this season and we put a lot of resources into this event," Clements added. "We received those rotors from RCR and put them on specifically for this event knowing that we would need something a bit more aggressive than usual so I'm sure there will be a lot of followup to see what exactly happened to cause this type of malfunction to avoid any additional problems. Unfortunately, an early night for us just as we were in the top-10 and I felt that we had a car capable of at least another top-5 finish. Oh well, onwards to Chicago!"
The Clements' team is not one to focus on misfortunes and will instead put their efforts into a busy week of preparations for their next ARCA RE/MAX Series event scheduled for Chicagoland Speedway. SIM Factory Pole Qualifying for the "Chicagoland ARCA 200" is scheduled for Friday, September 7, 2007, at 5 p.m. CDT with the green flag slotted to drop promptly at 1 p.m. CDT on Saturday, September 8th. Once again, the cameras of SPEED will be on hand to broadcast all of the action via a live two-hour telecast.