Clemons Heads To Kentucky Looking For Revenge Sparta, Kentucky - - ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Josh Clemons will return to Kentucky Speedway this weekend looking to bounce back from his disappointing finish at the 1.5 mile oval in May. After ...
Clemons Heads To Kentucky Looking For Revenge
Sparta, Kentucky - - ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Josh Clemons will return to Kentucky Speedway this weekend looking to bounce back from his disappointing finish at the 1.5 mile oval in May.
After qualifying a career best of fifth in only his second ARCA RE/MAX Series start, the New Albany, Indiana native muscled his way towards the lead. However, while racing in the top-ten, the No. 41 USM Ford Taurus developed engine problems.
With the team taking several stabs trying to correct the problem, Clemons was forced to park his machine for the night finishing 28th completing 81 of the scheduled 137 markers.
"We had high hopes for the race in May, we were fast all weekend, and had a tremendous car during the race before encountering engine problems, I hope we're fast again this weekend, without the demons," said the former NASCAR AutoZone (All-Pro) driver.
Returning with the Clemons Racing team, is primary sponsor USM (United States of Mind) Productions.
USM is to provide fundraising opportunities using the cast and roster of 24 recording labels & publishing houses, three weekly televisions shows, and the production companies that produce them, to generate a large, effective, responsive group that uses cause based marketing, public service announcements, and charity projects to promote the music and TV shows, and to have all ten programs "self funding" by fourth quarter, 2004.
"I'm very pumped up to be working with USM again this weekend at Kentucky," continued Clemons. "They are a great organization to represent, and I'm very excited about our future."
Prior to Kentucky, Clemons debuted his ARCA RE/MAX Series team at Nashville Superspeedway in April, with spectacular results. After notching the seventh fastest time in qualifying, Clemons raced in the top-ten for the majority of the night, before crossing the line ninth, a career best for the former Go-Kart driver.
"We would like to return to Kentucky this weekend itching for the same kind of success we had at Nashville," he added. "USM deserves a lot of credit to our early success, not to mention a powerful rookie team that continues to build in strength, and maturity."
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 hopes to compete in the NASCAR Busch Series later this season, while attempting to run for Rookie-of-the-Year honors in 2005.
More importantly, Josh would like to flood the ARCA RE/MAX Series teams, drivers, and crews about helping the Children's Hospital Foundation benefiting Kosair Children's Hospital. Located in Louisville, Kentucky, Kosair Children's Hospital is the only freestanding, full-service children's hospital in the region. "The Kosair Children's Hospital is very important to me," he explained. "It's about the kids who are struggling with life-threatening illnesses, I had the opportunity to hang out with them a couple weeks ago, and it's something I won't ever forget, these kids are my heroes."
If all goes according to plan this weekend, Josh Clemons and his ever-powerful Clemons Racing team will once again be a factor as the ARCA RE/MAX Series motors into Kentucky Speedway.
The Kentucky 150 on 700 WLW Pole Night is the 12th of 22 events on the 2004 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. For the second week in a row, the teams will endure another one-day show. First round practice is on tap Friday morning with qualifying also on the agenda this Friday afternoon July 9th, with the race set to take the green flag that night. The Speed Channel will broadcast the race live, starting at 8:00pm EST.