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Jeremy Clements Racing Rushes into Throwback weekend in Gold Thunder 4 the Sport Clips Haircut VFW 20031 Aug 2018 Written by Steven B. Wilson
JCR will pay homage to the Clements’ Family Racing heritage this weekend at Darlington Raceway by honoring Jeremy’s Great Uncle Louis Clements and 2015 HOF Rex White by fielding the livery from 1960 Cup Championship Car - Gold Thunder. From 1959 to 1962 Rex and Louis along with James Hylton not only won 1960 Championship but also accumulated 26 Cup wins the most of any driver/crew chief during that time span in the Cup series.
Longtime partners RepairableVehicles.com will bring this electrifying Gold paint scheme to life by powering the #51 Camaro SS again this year. Plus, another Throwback weekend tradition continues for JCR with #ClementsNation participating in the #RideWithJeremy promotion by having their names on the Decklid. Along with a few associates sponsors that also made this paint scheme possible - Priority Heating and Air out of Spartanburg, RaceArtist.com and Big A Graphics along with all the great associates sponsors that help JCR every week.
Clements said, “this is the third year we have done the throwback scheme by showing what Crawford and Louis meant to the history of our sport and it’s a great way to celebrate." Clements went on to say, “I really like Darlington and it’s cool to see all the cars lined up with all the Throwback paint schemes, and it’s so special to be in my home state at my home track, and the guys and I can’t wait to get this Hot Rod on track Friday!”
Landon Cassill has good reason to be excited about rejoining the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team for Saturday’s Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 at Darlington Raceway.
Cassill scored an excellent finish – eighth – at Darlington while driving for JD Motorsports in 2015.
Cassill and the team are reuniting this week as part of Darlington’s annual “throwback” weekend. Cassill will be driving the team’s No. 01 Chevrolet with Flex Seal colors similar to what he drove during his tenure with the Gaffney, S.C.-based team.
“It will be like a reunion,” Cassill said. “The whole throwback idea at Darlington is a great one, and it’s made for something like this. To be back with Johnny (team owner Johnny Davis) and the guys and to do it at a great track like Darlington with the Flex Seal colors on board is going to be a blast.”
Practice is scheduled at Darlington at 1:05 and 3:05 p.m. Friday. Qualifying is set for 12:35 p.m. Saturday, with the race to follow at 3:30 p.m.
Vinnie Miller is ready to take on storied old Darlington Raceway in Saturday’s Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 Xfinity Series race.
NASCAR’s oldest superspeedway, Darlington’s fast speeds and odd design have challenged drivers since its opening in 1950. The weekend will celebrate NASCAR’s seven decades as many teams “throwback” with paint schemes from across NASCAR history.
“I am really looking forward to going to the historic Darlington Raceway this weekend,” Miller said. “I’m sad that we don’t have a throwback scheme but can’t wait to see all of them. The car may not be a throwback scheme, but I planning on being a little ‘throw-back’ myself while sporting my new Pit Viper sunglasses.”
Miller will be driving the No. 0 Flex Glue Chevrolet. The car will honor Charlie Blanton, a popular racer from team owner Johnny Davis’ hometown of Gaffney, S.C.
“Bryan (Berry), my JD Motorsports with Gary Keller crew chief, told me the track is really worn out and the tires fall off quick,” Miller said. “I’ve been preparing on my SIM all week with my Oculus Rift virtual reality system my sponsor, Tony Freeland from JAS Expedited Trucking, gave me for my 21st birthday. Hopefully, we will avoid the Darlington Stripe and come home with a solid finish.”
Practice is scheduled at 1:05 and 3:05 p.m. Friday. Qualifying is set for 12:35 p.m. Saturday, to be followed by the race at 3:30.
Garrett Smithley will tackle Darlington Raceway for the third time Saturday in the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 Xfinity Series race.
Every lap at the old Darlington track is an education, Smithley said.
“It’s one of the toughest places we race,” he said. “The speeds are really fast, and every turn is different, and the passing lanes are tight. But that makes it a lot of fun. I’m anxious to get back there.”
Smithley will be driving the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller No. 4 Chevrolet with sponsorship from the South Carolina Education Lottery. As part of Darlington’s Throwback Weekend, his car will honor the late driver James Hylton, a close friend of the JD Motorsports team.
Practice is scheduled at 1:05 and 3:05 p.m. Friday. Qualifying is set for 12:35 p.m. Saturday, with the race to follow at 3:30.
Team owner Johnny Davis of JD Motorsports with Gary Keller has a special fondness for NASCAR history, and his cars entered in Saturday’s Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 at Darlington Raceway will showcase that fact.
Darlington’s Throwback Weekend, an annual celebration at the sport’s oldest superspeedway, will honor the seven decades of NASCAR racing as many teams will have special paint schemes celebrating past cars and drivers.
JD Motorsports will participate by celebrating its history and those of drivers who have been special to the team over the years.
Garrett Smithley’s No. 4 Chevrolet will carry the name of James Hylton, a long-time friend of the team and of team owner Davis. Hylton, a pioneer of sorts and a winner in the Cup Series, died in a highway accident this year.
The No. 0 car of Vinnie Miller will carry the name of Charlie Blanton, a short-track ace from Gaffney, S.C.
JD Motorsports’ No. 15 Chevy, to be driven this week by B.J. McLeod, will honor driver Michael Waltrip, a close friend of the team and a driver of many No. 15 cars over the years.
And Landon Cassill returns to the team this week to drive the No. 01 car, sporting the same colors and number that he carried while driving for the team for several years.
“It’s a big weekend for us,” Davis said. “It’s fun to look back over the years and honor some of the special people who have been associated with the team or who were great friends across the years. It makes us all feel good to play a role in honoring these folks.”
NASCAR Throwback weekend is always a special and nostalgic weekend for many in the sport. Teams all across the series pull out old paint schemes to honor past legends in the sport. This weekend Gase is taking that to the next level. As many already know, Gase's scheme stems from one of his father's schemes that he ran at their local track. The scheme happens to be from Bob Gase's modified that he won the track Championship with back in 2003. The black and purple machine will make its NASCAR debut starting with two practice sessions on Friday afternoon.
This Saturday will be only Gase's 5th start at The Lady in Black in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Gase notched himself a solid 24th place finish back in 2016 with Jimmy Means Racing. “NASCAR Throwback weekend is always a fun weekend seeing all the different throwback schemes. But this weekend is extra special for me," said Gase. "I can't wait to get out the track with the paint scheme that I watched my dad drive for so many years at Hawkeye Downs Speedway. It will bring back so many great memories."
If you'd like to see Gase's throwback scheme in person. Head down to Florence, South Carolina Thursday afternoon from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Agri Supply will be hosting a big event at their Florence location in which Gase will be in attendance to sign autographs and meet the fans. The Agri Supply / Sparks Energy Inc. Throwback Chevrolet will also be on display. There will also be free food provided and they will be raffling off a pair grandstand tickets, a pair of pit passes to Saturday's race, and will be giving out a lot of goodies.
Haulers enter the track on Thursday evening, and the first practice for the Sports Clips Haircuts VFW 200 begins at 1:05pm ET on NBCSN. Go Green Racing head to Darlington Raceway looking for another great finish and follow up a top 20 finish at both Bristol and Road America.
The Sports Clips Haircuts VFW 200 can be seen live on Saturday, September 1st on NBC Race coverage will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET. You can also listen in live on MRN Radio, as well as SiriusXM Radio, channel 90.
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JD Motorsports with Gary Keller is celebrating NASCAR’s Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway in a big way.
The team announced Wednesday that Landon Cassill, one of the most successful drivers in JD Motorsports’ history, will return to the team to drive in Saturday’s Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 at Darlington.
Cassill will drive the team’s 01 car, returning to the number he campaigned over two seasons at JD Motorsports, and the racer will carry the colors of Flex Seal, a long-time team sponsor. The car design scheme will duplicate that raced formerly by Cassill.
NASCAR and Darlington are celebrating seven decades of the sport at one of motorsports’ most famous venues this weekend. Special paint schemes honoring the sport’s past will be the order of the weekend.
“I am beyond excited to be back with Johnny and his guys on this special weekend,” Cassill said. “It’s a great opportunity to drive a good car in the Xfinity Series and to bring back some great memories we had on the circuit for several years. Having Flex Seal and my old number along for the ride just makes it that much more special.”
Team owner Johnny Davis said it was a natural move to put Cassill back in the 01.
“We like participating in this special weekend, and I was happy to get Landon back to do this with us,” Davis said. “We had a lot of great runs and fun times with Landon. It will be special to relive some of those times this weekend.”
Cassill drove JD Motorsports’ No. 4 car in 2013 before moving over to the 01 for 2014 and 2015. He had three top-10 runs in 2014 and finished twice in the top 10 in 2015.
Ryan Reed’s No. 16 Ford will take on an iconic look this weekend at Darlington Raceway, as the team honors back-to-back wins made by Greg Biffle in 2005 and 2006 with a patriotic throwback to those victories. Roush Fenway Racing is the winningest team in NASCAR history and the timely throwback comes on the heels of team owner Jack Roush being inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2019.
“This Greg Biffle throwback is really cool for a lot of reasons,” said Reed. “I’ve been honored to drive the 16 car for five years now and Greg has been such a big part of making this number famous, getting so many wins in it. This scheme, in particular, I remember watching as a kid and him winning in ’05 and ’06 at Darlington. This race scheme is something special and over the years as we’ve been doing the throwback I’ve always wanted to honor Greg, because of what he did for Roush Fenway and the No. 16. The car looks awesome and I’m really excited to get it on the race track.”
Biffle won two NASCAR Championships or Roush, including the organizations first NASCAR Championship in 2000 in the Truck Series. Biffle went on to win the Xfinity Series Championship in 2002 and finished out his career with 55 total wins.
“Darlington is such a fun place, it’s one of my all-time favorite tracks,” said Biffle. “I have such great memories from there and winning in 2005 one of the most memorable. That year I won the most races in the series and finished second in the points, by not a lot, to Tony Stewart. Those were some great years and it’s cool to see the scheme back on track with the 16 on the side.”
Garrett Smithley will have a new car and a new mission in Saturday’s Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway.
JD Motorsports with Gary Keller announced Wednesday that Smithley, who has driven for the team for three seasons, will move into the team’s lead car, the No. 4 Chevrolet, for Saturday’s race. The car will carry sponsorship from the South Carolina Education Lottery.
“What a great weekend it’s going to be at Darlington,” Smithley said. “Johnny Davis and his guys have been great working with me, and we hope to take it to another level at old Darlington in the 4 car. To have the South Carolina Education Lottery on board just makes it that much more special.”
Team owner Davis said putting Smithley in the car for one of the season’s biggest races was a no-brainer for him.
“Garrett has made steady progress since he’s been with our team, and it’s a great opportunity for him to drive this car at Darlington and partner with the South Carolina Education Lottery,” Davis said. “We’re looking for a great weekend all around. We always look forward to going to Darlington, and this will all make the race that much more special.”
The South Carolina Education Lottery’s mission is to enhance educational funding in South Carolina through fun and entertaining games and products offered to adults. Since the Lottery launched in 2002, more than $1.8 million in scholarships has been awarded to South Carolina students, and millions have gone to support K-12 and community education programs.”
Smithley, a Georgia native, has scored nine top-15 finishes in JD Motorsports with Gary Keller cars. Saturday’s race will mark his 100th NASCAR national-series start.
“That hardly seems possible,” Smithley said. “I kind of still feel like I’m a newcomer, but I’ve been around the block a few times now and have gotten a good feel for all the tracks. Darlington is a favorite of mine. We’ll give it our best shot this weekend.”
Austin Cindric will honor Ford’s racing heritage by running a scheme matching the first front-engine Mustang GTP this weekend at Darlington. Ford’s front-engine Mustang GTP made its debut in 1983 in an IMSA series event at Road America. Cindric will make his first career start at Darlington Raceway in this No. 60 throwback featuring the Ford Hall of Fans logo on the hood.
“Darlington is a huge weekend for NASCAR fans with the throwback schemes at an old school race track,” said Cindric. “To have Ford Hall of Fans on the race car this weekend is pretty big and I’m excited for that. It’s a really cool program that ford is doing. This throwback scheme we have is a really great throwback to bit of an unknown race car.
“Back in the 80’s Ford made an American racing manufacturers first foray in sports car racing with a pretty unique car and program,” added Cindric. “Pretty similar to what we are doing this year. We have a unique car and driver lineup and a unique program. The paint scheme on this car is really cool and has a bit of Ford history to go with our Ford paint scheme.”
The car was designed to showcase the best of Ford Motor Company and to make a statement in the competitive road racing scene of the 80’s, which at the time was dominated by imports. The original car was designed by Bob Riley, using a 1.7-liter 4cyl turbo and two cars were entered at Road America. The race was shortened by rain, but both teams made the podium. The Mustang GTP took home the win and cemented its place in Ford Racing history.
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