CLEMENTS & HOMETOWN CROWD ANXIOUS FOR NASCAR BUSCH SERIES' RETURN SPARTANBURG, SC (October 9, 2007) -- Jeremy Clements may only be twenty-two years old but his upcoming return to the NASCAR Busch Series will be the culmination of a long-fought...
CLEMENTS & HOMETOWN CROWD ANXIOUS FOR NASCAR BUSCH SERIES' RETURN
SPARTANBURG, SC (October 9, 2007) -- Jeremy Clements may only be twenty-two years old but his upcoming return to the NASCAR Busch Series will be the culmination of a long-fought journey. The rising star from nearby Spartanburg, SC, has not competed at the Lowe's Motor Speedway or NASCAR Busch Series since 2003 and both driver and his large fan base are excited about this Friday's "Dollar General 300".
If truth be told, Clements is lucky to be racing at all after a broken driveline pierced the cockpit of his super late model in July 2004 and severely damaged his right hand. The tenacious young man fought a long road of reconstructive surgery and physical therapy and swore to return to the life of speed that he loved.
Jeremy's return to the ARCA RE/MAX Series came just one year after his injury and he has continued to excel. Driving his family-owned #3 Chevy, Jeremy has earned one win (Nashville Superspeedway), six Top-5 finishes and eight Top-10 honors in only eleven series' starts throughout the 2007 season. In fact, the only times he did not finish inside the Top-10 were events complicated by mechanical woes. But the stakes are now raised as the Palmetto State native was recently tapped to drive the #36 McGill Motorsports' ride recently vacated by Brent Sherman.
"We had a strong season in ARCA and hoped it would attract sponsors or, better yet, the attention of some NASCAR teams. I have known the McGill's for awhile and I was thrilled when John asked if I would like to drive for them at Lowe's," commented Clements. "They have great equipment and I am looking forward to returning to the Busch Series and hopefully find an opportunity to stay there. I haven't raced at Lowe's since the track was repaved so between that and all of the Nextel Cup drivers competing, it will be a tough show but I hope we can go out there and have a strong, clean run."
Clements' only other Busch Series' start came at the tender age of 19 at Pike's Peak, where he was the youngest competitor in the field and managed to advance four positions in a self-funded ride.
His two previous starts at his NASCAR "home track" of Lowe's Motor Speedway both occurred in 2003 with the ARCA RE/MAX Series. Qualifying for both events was rained out, forcing the team to start 33rd and 38th respectively, but the talented driver managed an impressive pair of podium finishes.
John McGill, owner of the privately-owned, veteran No. 36 NASCAR Busch Series' team had Clements on his radar for quite a while but only recently had an opportunity to give him a chance to drive for his team.
"We are excited about having Jeremy onboard for this weekend," McGill noted. "His ARCA RE/MAX Series' record including a win, eight Top-10 finishes and, most recently, a sixth place run at Talladega is very impressive. I am confident that he will be well prepared and give us his best effort. We are looking forward to a strong performance by the entire #36 team."
Jeremy Clements will be behind the wheel of the No. 36 McGill Motorsports Chevy for this Friday's "Dollar General 300" at nearby Lowe's Motor Speedway and sponsorship opportunities still remain for this event. Pole qualifying is slotted for 4:05 p.m. EDT and the green flag is scheduled to drop for the 200-lap event at 8:00 p.m. EDT with live televised coverage on ESPN2.