Clements Looks Forward to Racing to Save Lives in Memphis Busch Debut SPARTANBURG, SC (October 23, 2007) -- At 22 years-old Jeremy Clements has already experienced his share of challenges, testaments of will and miracles following a horrific ...
Clements Looks Forward to Racing to Save Lives in Memphis Busch Debut
SPARTANBURG, SC (October 23, 2007) -- At 22 years-old Jeremy Clements has already experienced his share of challenges, testaments of will and miracles following a horrific racing incident that nearly cost him his right hand in 2004. Thanks to the dedication and skill of a team of doctors led by Dr. Joseph Molnar at Wake Forest University's Baptist Medical Center, the talented, young racer is now able to live his dream and help others in the process.
Weeks prior to the NASCAR Busch Series' event at nearby Lowe's Motor Speedway, Jeremy received the call he had waited for after countless reconstructive surgeries and hundreds of hours of physical therapy. John McGill, owner of the No. 36 McGill Motorsports team from nearby Boiling Springs, extended a generous offer to allow the Palmetto State driver to join his team for that race.
Seizing the opportunity, the Spartanburg racer reunited with former ARCA RE/MAX Series' crew chief Ricky Pearson and had a strong showing in a race studded with nineteen Nextel Cup drivers. Jeremy and the unsponsored No. 36 team advanced eleven spots for a strong top-25 finish and proved to be a strong duo.
"I am so thankful for John & Nancy McGill, Ricky Pearson and the entire No. 36 team for the opportunity. And also for my long-time friends and supporters The Saxon Group and Kelly Hamrick for their contributions," noted Clements. "They are helping me make my dream a reality. We had a car that continued to improve and unfortunately got caught up in a wreck after the leader spun late in the race and that slowed more progress but I am confident going in to this weekend's race at Memphis."
McGill extended the offer for Clements to return to the seat of the No. 36 for two of the four remaining races -- Memphis Motorsports Park and Texas Motor Speedway. Both events will be debut performances for the ARCA RE/MAX Series' competitor and may open doors to conclude the season with the team as they continue to make strides both on and off the track.
"If we wouldn't have got caught in that wreck, that kid would have finished in the top 15 at Lowe's against all of those Nextel Cup guys," crew chief Ricky Pearson said. "That run got our whole team excited. Jeremy drove hard every lap. We haven't had that all year. We're going to give him a couple of more shots."
The McGill's have extended their generosity to help a worthy cause and participate in St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's "Racing to Save Lives" campaign. The No. 36 Chevy that Jeremy will drive will feature a special paint scheme designed by 8 year-old Michael who is a patient at the hospital. In honor of the patients of St. Jude and to draw attention to the miraculous work the staff provides to children there, McGill Motorsports and fifteen other teams will carry these special schemes.
Clements is confident that his team will be able to continue to make strides and build momentum towards the 2008 season.
"I'm pretty excited to have a chance to build off what we did at Lowe's," he added. "That was one of the toughest races of the year and we were able to make a strong advance. It will be my first race at Memphis and on a short track but I have a lot of confidence in my team and I know we will give it a valiant effort for St. Jude and Michael. If we can hang on to be there in the end, I believe that we can earn a top-15 finish and hopefully turn the heads of some potential sponsors."
Jeremy Clements will be behind the wheel of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital emblazoned No. 36 McGill Motorsports Chevy for this Saturday's "Sam's Town 250" at nearby Memphis Motorsports Park.