Car #19 picks up two victories and Knoxville Nationals Pole in first year
TELFORD, PA. - January 27, 2013 - Despite a successful opening campaign with driver Stevie Smith, CL Motorsports owners Chad and Jenn Clemens have decided not to field the #19 CL Motorsports/DDNi/CJB Motorsports/Spectro Oils sprint car in 2013.
"My wife and I are extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to field two successful sprint car teams in 2012," said Chad Clemens. "Unfortunately, as we evaluated our options for the upcoming season, the decision was made that the #19 car would not continue on in 2013.
It was not a conclusion that we arrived to easily and every possible opportunity to keep Stevie and the #19 team on the track was exhausted. It was one of the hardest decisions that we've ever had to make but we believe that it is in our best interest to focus on our #51 program with Paul McMahan and Barry Jackson at this time."
Clemens helped found the team in December of 2012 and watched as the organization grew from the ground up in a matter of months.
"The #19 team grew very rapidly and I was certainly impressed by what we accomplished," said Clemens. "In our car, Stevie picked up his 200th career winged sprint car victory as well as his second Ohio Sprint Speedweek title. We added the Mitch Smith Memorial at Williams Grove Speedway to our win column during the Pennsylvania Speedweek and sat on the pole for the Knoxville Nationals. I am extremely proud to have partnered with Stevie, the crew and our many partners to achieve a great deal of success. My wife and I certainly wish Stevie and the crew the absolute best in the future." As we go into the future we will continue to evaluate our options and see what opportunities present themselves.
As the couple looks towards the 2013 season, Jenn Clemens offers a sense of optimism.
"I'm very sad to see the #19 car go. The team became a second family to us and we will always cherish the memories of the 2012 season. However, as we move forward with Paul and Barry, I can't help but think that our brightest days are ahead of us. I look forward to the future and hopefully it brings more great opportunities to surround ourselves with exceptional people."
Paul McMahan's CJB Motorsports #51 Mount for 2013.
(CJB Motorsports Photo)
More information regarding the #51 CJB Motorsports team, including its 2013 schedule, will be released at a later time.