Sep 08, 2023

K-State-themed race car featured Saturday at Kansas Speedway

Posted Sep 08, 2023 11:30 AM

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Wildcat fans can add one more sporting event to their weekend viewing as Kansas State University is partnering with Jeremy Clements Racing and driver Jeremy Clements on a K-State themed race car for Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR XFINITY race at Kansas Speedway.

Clements’ No. 51 Chevy will be fully wrapped in purple with official logos from the University and athletics department displayed prominently on the front hood, both doors and the back bumper. Fans can watch the race at 2 p.m., Saturday, as it will be televised nationally on NBC.

"I am excited to be on the "Home Team" this week with the K-State Chevy Camaro at Kansas Speedway,” Clements said. “In the classroom, on the court, or on the field, Kansas State University is leading the way and I hope we can add "Victory Lane" to the Wildcat trophy case this weekend.

Go Cats!"Jim Bob Morris, prominent K-State Alum and University supporter, played a big part in securing the partnership for this weekend’s race. "Kansas State is a winner wherever they go, and the K-State Camaro with Jeremy Clements is ready to race and represent Kansas' best for a NASCAR Xfinity win this weekend,” Morris said."I would like to thank Jim Bob Morris for his commitment to K-State, and promoting the University through this car is another example of his support for his alma mater,” Athletics Director Gene Taylor added. “It will be awesome to see a purple K-State race car in action this weekend."

About Jeremy Clements:

Jeremy Clements was seven years old when his grandfather, Crawford Clements, famed NASCAR owner and crew chief, began bringing him to the go-kart track, the beginning of a pursuit that would result in a driving career at NASCAR's national level.In August 2017, and in his 256th start, Clements recorded his first career NASCAR Xfinity series win at Road America, topping all the Cup-affiliated teams as well as securing his first Xfinity series playoff spot of his career.

The JCR underdog team would score NXS win No. 2 at the famed Daytona International Speedway in August 2022 to make the playoffs for the second year in a row. In 2023, Clements moved to fifth all-time in Xfinity starts and now only trails series main stays Kenny Wallace, Jeff Green, Jason Keller and Mike Wallace.