Family operation wins NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America
Who? Jeremy Clements is the grandson of famed NASCAR owner and renowned engine builder, Crawford Clements. Today, Tony Clements runs Clements Automotive, a company started by Crawford in 1965.
Jeremy Clements, along with his father, field this race team. It’s a family run single-car operation. In today’s NASCAR world, most of word’s from the previous sentence are unheard of.
Yet, they got it done! In an old 2008 road course chassis, they took it to the field anyway. The low-budget NASCAR team beat the multi-million, multi-car operation’s of Joe Gibbs and others.
NASCAR XFINITY Series Managing Director, Wayne Auton: “The NASCAR Xfinity Series is where names are made. I’m going to tell you what, we named a winner out there yesterday.”
“Man, what a weekend at Road America. The fans up there are just absolutely awesome.
“You know, it was a little bit of a dreary day to start with. The fans came out. Really, really good racing out there yesterday.”
Jeremy Clements from victory lane, “I don’t even know what to say. I’m just shocked. I mean, this is a car built in 2008. Everything we got is old and used. I just can’t believe it.”
Clements spoke with Dave Moody about the win and the pass today, “Dang it. That was just one of those deals.”
“I was really getting guys through the last two corners. I wanted to get him on that last corner. I was trying to get him and then get some space from him. Because, I didn’t want him to have the chance to move me out of the way.
He concluded, “I definitely didn’t mean to spin Matt out. At all. I mean it was definitely unintentional. I got in there and got loose. I’m very sorry about that. But that’s just hard racing honestly.”