Son of a Sponge Tyler Clem Snags 2 Top 10s in Bubba Army Winter Double Header

Bubba the Love Sponge’s Son Tyler Clem in his K&N equipped #14 Crate Late Model

Long time K&N Filters sponsored racer Tyler Clem, son of radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge, captured two Bubba Army Winternationals top 10s in his K&N equipped #14 Crate Late Model

The long time K&N Filters sponsored racer Tyler Clem, son of radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge, was lucky enough to snag two top ten finishes in the first double header weekend of the 5th annual Bubba Army Winternationals series held at Bubba Raceway Park near Ocala, Florida. The 3/8 mile, D shaped, Semi-banked, clay track at Bubba Raceway Park, also called Ocala Speedway, Zuber Speedway, Marion Speedway, and Lightning Speedway over the years, has been in operation since 1952, making it the oldest track in the state of Florida.

Bubba Raceway Park hosts several racing classes, including Late Model, Open Wheel Modified, Hobby Stock, Mini Stock, V-8 Thunderstock, and Gladiators. 13-year-old Tyler Clem, who began his racing career in 2008 behind the wheel of a Quarter Midget, is currently racing his K&N air filter equipped Bubba Army #14 Rocket Late Model car in the 2016 Bubba Army Winternationals NeSmith Dirt Late Model class. Tyler was one of 53 Crate Late Models registered on Friday January 29th for the NeSmith Chevrolet Winter Shootout portion of the Bubba Army Winternationals. Clem fell just short of a transfer spot in his consolation event, and shifted his focus to the doubleheader event the next day.

Bubba the Love Sponge’s Son Tyler Clem Raced Crate Late Model In Ice Bowl at Talladega Short Track

Tyler Clem got his 2016 season started off on the right foot with a strong showing in the 25th Annual Ice Bowl at the Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, Alabama

For the $3,000-to-win A-Main on Saturday afternoon, Tyler logged the 10th fastest qualifying time. Clem's excellent qualifying run put him into his heat starting from the pole position. The top four finishers in Clem's heat race transferred directly into the feature and Tyler earned a solid 3rd place heat finish. With a guaranteed spot in the main event, Clem took advantage of the 50 lap main to work his way to the front. Tyler crossed the line in 4th place behind Kyle Bronson, Max Blair, and Mark Whitener. Austin Kirkpatrick rounds out the top five in the $3,000-to-win A-Main.

Tyler Clem raced again later that night. This time for the 100-lap NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series World Championship $10,000-to-win, A-Main. This race was carried over from 2015 due to weather. Tyler Clem started 15th in the main and before the race was over he gained eight spots recording a solid 7th place finish. Going forward Clem will be splitting his time in the driver's seat behind the wheel of his #14 Late Model, #14 Modified, and his #14 Sprint Car. The Fifth Annual Bubba Army Winter Nationals takes place over 11 nights and features some of the best dirt racers. The series concludes February 20th, 2016 with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars / Midgets races.

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