Posted By: David Morgan – Follow at @damorgan86
April 30, 2016
Anytime that NASCAR rolls into Talladega or Daytona, there is always a chance of an underdog scoring a finish high up in the running order or winning the race. In Saturday’s Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega, that very thing happened again.
The feel good story this go around at Talladega belonged to Jeremy Clements and his No. 51 Jeremy Clements Racing team, as they scored a fourth place finish, his highest finish ever in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
Prior to Saturday’s race, Clements’ best finish was a sixth place result at Road America in 2014, one of eight top-10 finishes he had scored in his Xfinity Series career.
So how did Clements manage to score his first top-five finish ever, especially after starting the day deep in the field in 34th place?
After the final round of green flag pit stops at lap 74, the leaderboard got shuffled, bringing Clements and his No. 51 team to the front of the field for a seven lap stint in the lead. Though Clements would give up the lead to Joey Logano on lap 83, he would keep his Chevrolet near the front of the field for most of the remaining laps of the race.
When the vicious crash involving Logano and Blake Koch broke out on the last lap, Clements had his car right where he needed it to be, finishing the race in fourth.
Amazing finish today for us! So proud of our effort! Our Clements engine held up running 270-280 most race.Thanks to my dad and uncle 4 that
— Jeremy Clements (@JClements51) April 30, 2016
Whether the momentum from Talladega will propel Clements and his team to more top-five and top-10 finishes as the season progresses remains to be seen, but for at least this weekend, the team can relish in their feel-good moment.