CLEMENTS CAPS ARCA SEASON WITH 6th PLACE RUN AT TALLADEGA SPARTANBURG, SC (October 8, 2007) -- Twenty-two year-old Jeremy Clements had a busy day at the office on Friday. His office consists of a custom-fitted seat, 5-point safety harness,...
CLEMENTS CAPS ARCA SEASON WITH 6th PLACE RUN AT TALLADEGA
SPARTANBURG, SC (October 8, 2007) -- Twenty-two year-old Jeremy Clements had a busy day at the office on Friday. His office consists of a custom-fitted seat, 5-point safety harness, three pedals and steering wheel all tightly packed in a 3400 lb Chevy hauling around Talladega Superspeedway at speeds in excess of 180mph. Clements joined fifty-seven fellow competitors attempting to qualify for Friday's "ARCA RE/MAX 250" at the 2.66-mi super-oval. The South Carolinian posted a 182.403 mph lap -- a performance that ranked him fifteenth in the starting grid for the 94-lap race.
Jeremy's two prior starts at Talladega were marred by mechanical woes in his family-owned Chevy and the team was more optimistic about this year's event. The team earned their first ARS win at Nashville Superspeedway and notched a fourth place performance at their last event -- Chicagoland. The young driver knew that he would face obstacles due to restrictor-plate racing and the engineered advantage that NASCAR-backed teams had but he was confident in their entry that was sponsored by the popular Boudreaux's Butt Paste for the final ARCA RE/MAX Series event of their 2007 season.
"We had a good car but just didn't have the aero package needed to keep up with a lot of those NASCAR teams," Clements explained. "It handled well but when you are at these restrictor-plate races, aerodynamics are critical to staying with the draft since that's what can make the difference between a 20th place finish or a 3rd place run. Considering what we have to work with, the team did a great job and we at least have something to work off of for Daytona next February. I just wanted to also say congratulations to Michael (Annett) on his win -- the fastest car definitely won today. He did a great job."
The draft created in restrictor-plate racing lends itself to multiple grooves of competition with cars lined up in close quarters all fighting for inches of real estate. One small mistake can be catastrophic or cause a team to lose seconds if they select an unfavorable line. Jeremy fell victim to the draft a few times during the race but was able to fight back and be part of the lead pack in the closing laps. He crossed the stripe nose-to-tail with the leaders and brought home his eighth Top-10 finish in only eleven season starts.
"I just wanted to thank the sponsors that signed on to help us for this race -- Boudreaux's Butt Paste and Liquid Lightning Boltz -- and all of the businesses that helped us throughout the year. Their support is vital to our team," added Clements. "My #3 team is finished for the year but I'm really excited about driving for John and Nancy McGill's #36 Busch team next weekend at Lowe's. Hopefully we can have a strong performance to sign a sponsor and maybe even race another event or two this season."