Jeremy Clements

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Jeremy Clements
Jeremy Clements J.J. Yeley Watkins Glen (cropped).jpg
Clements at Watkins Glen International in 2018
Born (1985-01-16) January 16, 1985 (age 34)
Spartanburg, South Carolina
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
332 races run over 14 years
Car no., teamNo. 51 (Jeremy Clements Racing)
2019 position14th
Best finish12th (2017)
First race2003 Trim Spa Dream Body 250 (Pikes Peak)
Last race2019 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
First win2017 Johnsonville 180 (Road America)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 19 0
Statistics current as of November 16, 2019.

Jeremy Clements (born January 16, 1985)[1] is an American professional stock car racing driver. He is the son of Tony Clements, owner of Clements Racing Engines. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 51 Chevrolet Camaro for Jeremy Clements Racing.

Early career[edit]

A native of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Clements began his racing career at the age of 8 by driving go-karts.[2] In 1999, he moved on to race four-cylinder cars in both the Modified and Stock Series at Thunder Valley Speedway and Cherokee Speedway. Over the next three seasons, he won 55 feature events and two track championships.

Late Model and ARCA[edit]

In 2002, Clements moved up to the Late Model division where he won 9 overall races as well as the championship at Cherokee. He also made his ARCA Series debut at Talladega Superspeedway, starting 6th and finishing 17th in the No. 3 Chevrolet. He started five ARCA races in 2003, earning three top 10s. Clements was seriously injured on July 24, 2004 at age 19, while racing at 311 Speedway in North Carolina. While driving his late model, the driveshaft broke and pierced through the vehicle, injuring his right hand. He was immediately taken to Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., where he underwent a nine-hour orthopedic surgery.[3] In the following year, Clements went through ten surgeries; including sewing his hand to his right side hip for a skin graft, using bone grafts from his hip and taking tendons from his right foot.[4] He did not race again until the following year.

On July 10, 2005, Clements got back behind the wheel of a racecar for the first time since the accident, testing his late model at Thunder Valley. He made his ARCA return at Chicagoland Speedway in September. In 2006, he ran 10 races in the ARCA series in Ken Appling's No. 3 Chevrolet. He earned four top-10s, including three consecutive top-5s. He was also selected by General Motors to participate in a three track test with Richard Childress Racing. Clements had a career season in 2007, earning eight top-10s in 12 races. On August 11, 2007 at Nashville Superspeedway, he earned his only ARCA win to-date after starting 2nd and leading 48 laps. In 2008, Clements ran seven races. He earned 5 top-10s and narrowly missed repeating his win at Nashville, finishing 2nd.

Xfinity Series[edit]

Clements racing in 2011

Clements made his debut in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (then NASCAR Busch Series) in 2003 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Driving the No. 71 Chevrolet for Young Racing, he started 35th and finished 31st after an early crash. He did not return to the series again until 2007. Clements signed with McGill Motorsports to run the last five races of the season in their No. 36 Chevrolet. He only finished two races and had a best finish of 23rd at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In 2008, he attempted four races for his family-owned No. 50 team. He qualified for two of them, earning finishes of 22nd and 30th. During these two years, he also spent time practicing and qualifying cars for Joe Gibbs Racing in races which conflicted with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule.

For 2009, Clements increased his focus on the Xfinity Series, attempting 13 races and making 12. He ran six races in his family-owned No. 50 with a best finish of 16th. Shortly before the October race at Kansas Speedway, Clements and sponsor Saxon Group joined forced with JD Motorsports to finish out the season in the No. 0 Chevrolet. In his 2nd race with JD, he finished a then-career best 12th at Auto Club Speedway.

In the offseason, it was announced that Clements would drive at least the first three races of the 2010 season in the No. 0 for JD Motorsports with sponsorship from Boudreaux's Butt Paste. After missing the field at Daytona due to qualifying being rained out, his plans for the rest of the reason were up in the air.[5] The No. 0 team was shut down and JD moved Clements to the No. 04. He attempted the next two races as planned, but failed to qualify for both of them. Clements made his first race of the season in April at Nashville Superspeedway, finishing 22nd. He attempted 19 more races, qualifying for 15 of them. Clements earned his first career top-10 at Gateway International Raceway in October, finishing 10th and also leading six laps (the first laps led of his career). In 2011, Clements competed in all 34 races, finishing 15th in points.[6] He had no top-ten finishes, but had three 14th-place finishes and ten top-twenty finishes during the season.[7]

The following year, Clements continued in the Xfinity Series with his own team. He drove two races for JD Motorsports at Richmond and Indianapolis when Ty Dillon was using his 51. Clements had two top-10 finishes.

After finishing 33rd in the first race of the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, Clements was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR on February 27, 2013. The sanctioning body stated that the suspension was due to violations of the NASCAR Code of Conduct, as defined in Section 7–5 of the sanctioning body's rulebook, as well as Section 12–1, actions detrimental to stock car racing.[8] Clements, in an interview with ESPN was later quoted as saying, "When you say 'racial' remark, it wasn't used to describe anybody or anything. So that's all I'm going to say to that. And it really wasn't. I was describing racing, and the word I used was incorrect and I shouldn't have said it. It shouldn't be used at all." The MTV editor who had the conversation with Clements, Marty Beckerman, confirmed that Clements said a phrase which included the "n-word".[9] Clements sat out two races and returned for the rest of the season.[10] His season was highlighted by top ten finishes at the huge Talladega Superspeedway tri-oval and the series' inaugural race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.[10]

Clements with his crew waving to the crowd before his first Xfinity Series win at Road America in 2017
Clements' winning car at Road America in 2017

After a number of equipment setbacks in the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series, Clements had a brief moment in the top 5 in the Aaron’s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 3, 2014, before a crash forced him out with four laps to go. Ryan Blaney, who was in second at the time, ricocheted off the wall into Clements, and sent his car hard into the wall.[11] At the Gardner Denver 200 at Road America, Clements recorded a then career-best sixth-place finish. 2015 was a decent season for Clements despite a best finish of 10th at Dover and a handful of poor finishes.[12] At Talladega in 2016, Clements led laps under caution and recorded his first Xfinity top five finish, a fourth.

In 2017, Clements scored a top 10 outing at Iowa, in which he finished seventh. A few races later, he would score his first career win at Road America after he and Matt Tifft got together with 2 laps to go.[13] Clements' win was the first for an independent Xfinity Series driver and team not affiliated with NASCAR's Cup Series since David Gilliland won at Kentucky in 2006.[14]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Xfinity Series[edit]

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NXSC Pts Ref
2003 Young Racing 71 Chevy DAY CAR LVS DAR BRI TEX TAL NSH CAL RCH GTY NZH CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA PPR
31
IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM 137th 70 [15]
Kenneth Appling Racing 51 Chevy ATL
DNQ
PHO CAR HOM
2007 McGill Motorsports 36 Chevy DAY CAL MXC LVS ATL BRI NSH TEX PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP CGV GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT
23
MEM
40
TEX
42
PHO
38
HOM
27
87th 301 [16]
2008 Joe Gibbs Racing 18 Toyota DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI NSH TEX PHO MXC TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN
QL
MLW NHA DAY 102nd 170 [17]
Jeremy Clements Motorsports 50 Chevy CHI
DNQ
GTY
22
IRP CGV GLN MCH
DNQ
BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM
30
2009 DAY CAL LVS BRI TEX NSH
39
PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT
27
DOV NSH KEN MLW NHA DAY CHI
35
GTY
16
IRP MCH
25
BRI CGV ATL
36
RCH DOV 50th 951 [18]
Joe Gibbs Racing 18 Toyota IOW
QL
GLN
JD Motorsports 0 Chevy KAN
32
CAL
12
CLT
22
MEM
29
TEX
33
PHO
29
HOM
DNQ
2010 DAY
DNQ
34th 1390 [19]
04 CAL
DNQ
LVS
DNQ
BRI NSH
22
PHO TEX
33
TAL
DNQ
RCH DAR DOV CLT
16
NSH
19
KEN
12
ROA NHA DAY
37
CHI
DNQ
GTY
DNQ
IRP IOW
20
GLN MCH
25
BRI
23
CGV ATL
DNQ
RCH
34
DOV
33
KAN
32
CAL CLT
34
GTY
10
TEX
19
PHO HOM
39
2011 Jeremy Clements Racing 51 Chevy DAY
16
PHO
22
LVS
27
BRI
16
CAL
35
TEX
21
TAL
24
NSH
23
RCH
23
DAR
26
DOV
24
IOW
14
CLT
26
CHI
29
MCH
26
ROA
32
DAY
32
KEN
31
NHA
19
NSH
21
IRP
18
IOW
17
GLN
24
CGV
39
BRI
32
ATL
14
RCH
14
CHI
21
DOV
18
KAN
23
CLT
29
TEX
26
PHO
24
HOM
18
15th 696 [20]
2012 DAY
25
PHO
22
LVS
21
BRI
20
CAL
20
TEX
29
RCH
33
TAL
29
DAR
33
IOW
23
CLT
18
DOV
10
MCH
31
ROA
25
KEN
21
DAY
11
NHA
17
CHI
22
IOW
21
GLN
19
CGV
25
BRI
33
ATL
15
CHI
30
KEN
15
DOV
27
CLT
19
KAN
35
TEX
16
PHO
33
HOM
22
14th 609 [21]
4 IND
10
RCH
24
2013 51 DAY
33
PHO LVS BRI
33
CAL
21
TEX
35
RCH
37
TAL
9
DAR
20
CLT
22
DOV
19
IOW
17
MCH
13
ROA
23
KEN
25
DAY
22
NHA
23
CHI
25
IND
35
IOW
21
GLN
20
MOH
10
BRI
22
ATL
23
RCH
26
CHI
24
KEN
20
DOV
20
KAN
36
CLT
20
TEX
22
PHO
26
HOM
30
16th 638 [22]
2014 DAY
29
PHO
21
LVS
32
BRI
18
CAL
36
TEX
18
DAR
31
RCH
22
TAL
23
IOW
22
CLT
23
DOV
20
MCH
20
ROA
6
KEN
30
DAY
8
NHA
20
CHI
13
IND
26
IOW
25
GLN
16
MOH
22
BRI
23
ATL
22
RCH
21
CHI
33
KEN
21
DOV
18
KAN
17
CLT
22
TEX
21
PHO
11
HOM
13
15th 757 [23]
2015 DAY
14
ATL
21
LVS
22
PHO
16
CAL
24
TEX
22
BRI
13
RCH
14
TAL
17
IOW
15
CLT
13
DOV
10
MCH
31
CHI
19
DAY
28
KEN
26
NHA
19
IND
15
IOW
21
GLN
11
MOH
17
BRI
14
ROA
28
DAR
20
RCH
34
CHI
20
KEN
19
DOV
21
CLT
20
KAN
19
TEX
17
PHO
30
HOM
22
14th 801 [24]
2016 DAY
15
ATL
17
LVS
20
PHO
28
CAL
21
TEX
24
BRI
33
RCH
22
TAL
4
DOV
22
CLT
20
POC
31
MCH
21
IOW
16
DAY
16
KEN
16
NHA
13
IND
17
IOW
17
GLN
25
MOH
34
BRI
6
ROA
25
DAR
8
RCH
17
CHI
16
KEN
12
DOV
22
CLT
22
KAN
28
TEX
18
PHO
31
HOM
24
15th 693 [25]
2017 DAY
35
ATL
37
LVS
26
PHO
19
CAL
22
TEX
21
BRI
17
RCH
15
TAL
27
CLT
17
DOV
23
POC
17
MCH
23
IOW
7
DAY
15
KEN
22
NHA
21
IND
31
IOW
28
GLN
35
MOH
37
BRI
18
ROA
1
DAR
21
RCH
16
CHI
20
KEN
22
DOV
22
CLT
20
KAN
25
TEX
22
PHO
23
HOM
23
12th 2107 [26]
2018 DAY
16
ATL
27
LVS
22
PHO
20
CAL
15
TEX
16
BRI
40
RCH
8
TAL
35
DOV
18
CLT
35
POC
15
MCH
15
IOW
20
CHI
17
DAY
34
KEN
18
NHA
18
IOW
20
GLN
14
MOH
17
BRI
13
ROA
13
DAR
16
IND
14
LVS
13
RCH
16
CLT
18
DOV
20
KAN
10
TEX
14
PHO
17
HOM
19
15th 619 [27]
2019 DAY
36
ATL
18
LVS
15
PHO
13
CAL
14
TEX
26
BRI
13
RCH
35
TAL
27
DOV
18
CLT
13
POC
16
MCH
15
IOW
12
CHI
13
DAY
9
KEN
13
NHA
15
IOW
30
GLN
11
MOH
11
BRI
4
ROA
8
DAR
12
IND
11
LVS
20
RCH
16
CLT
11
DOV
36
KAN
6
TEX
28
PHO
18
HOM
16
14th 699 [28]
– Qualified for Kyle Busch

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ARCA Re/Max Series[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Re/Max Series results
Year Car owner No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 ARSC Pts Ref
2002 Ken Appling 3 Chevy DAY ATL NSH SLM KEN CLT KAN POC MCH TOL SBO KEN BLN POC NSH ISF WIN DSF CHI SLM TAL
17
CLT
DNQ
74th 420 [29]
2003 DAY
34
ATL
7
NSH
35
SLM TOL KEN CLT
3
BLN KAN MCH LER POC POC NSH ISF WIN DSF CHI SLM TAL CLT
3
SBO 36th 750 [30]
2004 Pontiac DAY
DNQ
70th 380 [31]
Chevy NSH
8
SLM KEN
29
TOL CLT
37
KAN
37
POC MCH SBO BLN KEN GTW POC LER NSH ISF TOL DSF CHI SLM TAL
2005 DAY NSH SLM KEN TOL LAN MIL POC MCH KAN KEN BLN POC GTW LER NSH MCH ISF TOL DSF CHI
34
SLM 112th 175 [32]
Pontiac TAL
23
2006 Chevy DAY
13
NSH
29
SLM WIN KEN
14
TOL POC
27
MCH KAN KEN
3
BLN POC
2
GTW
5
NSH
9
MCH
38
ISF MIL TOL DSF CHI
16
SLM TAL
DNQ
IOW 31st 1555 [33]
2007 DAY
3
USA NSH
12
SLM KAN
35
WIN KEN
40
TOL IOW POC
4
MCH
5
BLN KEN
7
POC
3
NSH
1*
ISF MIL GTW
36
DSF CHI
4
SLM TAL
6
TOL 23rd 2000 [34]
2008 DAY
DNQ
SLM IOW KAN CAR
6
KEN
33
TOL POC
31
MCH CAY KEN BLN POC
6
NSH
2
ISF DSF CHI
9
SLM NJE TAL
4
TOL 31st 1185 [35]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jeremy Clements Career Statistics
  2. ^ Jeremy Clements Resume
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  4. ^ [2]
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