Topics: Josh Clemons, WLWT Channel 5-150
“Indiana Native Looks To Finish What He Started In 2004”
SPARTA, Kentucky (July 11, 2007) - - For ARCA RE/MAX Series competitor Josh Clemons, the 2007 season was supposed to be gravy. Unfortunately, things didn’t pan out and Clemons has been forced to spend much of the season on the sidelines.
A return to Salem Speedway in April looked promising but the lack of patience from another competitor on a restart dashed away hopes for Clemons’ third top-10 ARCA finish.
Three months later, Clemons is eased and ready to return to racing. The track he picked is a good one, Kentucky Speedway. A second home for Clemons if you will.
In 2004, Clemons driving his familiar No. 41 Ford was enjoying the speedway race of his life. After starting a career best fifth, the New Albany , Indiana native was giving his other competitors a run for their money, but Clemons couldn’t fight the mechanical gremlins as engine woes forced an early exit for the upcoming driver.
Instead of capturing what appeared to be an easy top-five, Clemons left the track with a disappointing 28th place finish. Clemons gave the 1.5-mile track another try in 2005. While he wasn’t as competitive as he would have liked, the second-generation driver reeled in a 19th place finish.
Two years have past since his last tangle with the Sparta , Kentucky track and Clemons is searching for the magic he had in 2004 and hopes Friday night will be a race he won’t soon forget.
“I feel this place really owes me one,” offered Clemons. “I love racing here. It’s one of my favorite tracks on the schedule. The place is fast with multiple grooves which provides for some great racing. The Clemons Racing team just wishes for a little luck and we should be able to attract the finish we deserved.”
Clemons added, “As a driver, I’m frustrated. In 2004 we ran very competitive. We had great cars last year and at Salem this year we were awesome, but we can’t fight the monkey that’s been on our back. My volunteer crew has worked their butts off striving for us to win. The race is flooded with a lot of money and experience. We have the desire to run well, if we keep that in mind on Friday, nothing should stand in our way.”
Clemons Racing welcomes Grand Victoria Casino and Premier Mortgage Funding, Inc. on board their No. 41 Ford Fusion this week.
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“I want to thank Grand Victoria Casino and Premier Mortgage Funding, Inc. for stepping up and sponsoring the car this week at Kentucky Speedway. We plan to make our second start of the 2007 season and we’re looking for some good fireworks of our own,” Clemons concluded.
The WLWT Channel 5-150 (100 laps/150 miles) is the 13 of 23 races on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The 13th ARCA race held at Kentucky Speedway is a one-day show. Practice begins Friday, July 13 with a two hour and 15 minute (11:30am-1:45pm) session planned. ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 4:30pm Local Time. The event will take the green flag shortly after 8:00pm Local Time with live coverage on SPEED. Additional race coverage can be found online at arcaracing.com
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Josh Clemons, Clemons Racing Kentucky Notes of Interest:
Josh Clemons plans to make his 10th ARCA RE/MAX Series start on Friday evening. In nine previous starts on the schedule, Clemons has amounted two top-10 finishes occurring in 2004 at Nashville Superspeedway (ninth) and the fall Salem Speedway event (fifth).
Josh Clemons will attempt to make his third Kentucky Speedway start. He has a career best qualifying effort of fifth (2004) while hoisting a 19th place finish as his personal bluegrass best.
Josh Clemons and longtime girlfriend Nicole Collins are anxiously awaiting the birth of their first child, a girl due August 8.
Josh Clemons is the son of former ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Larry Clemons.
NAME: Chris Knight, Clemons Racing