Son of Bubba the Love Sponge Takes the Quarter Midgets of America Racing Spotlight

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Tyler Allen Clem is only 5-years-old but he’s already figured out how to chill before a big race. He plays video games in his dad’s truck before he puts on his K&N Engineering racing suit and climbs into his quarter midget to eliminate the completion.

Tyler Clem on the podium following his 11th win
Tyler Clem on the podium following his 11th win, photo by
Tyler, son of Bubba the Love Sponge, is a QMA champion.
Tyler, son of Bubba the Love Sponge, is a QMA champion, photo by
Tyler Clem has won 11 out of 18 races in the QMA (Quarter Midgets of America) series at Tampa and New Smyrna, Florida. He has also added his third first place feature in a row to his kindergarten resume in the 2008 racing season. Tyler started last in the field at his home track in Florida, but moved up the ranks quickly. 
Tyler Clem is very focused on the QMA track, photo by
Tyler Clem is very focused on the QMA track, photo by
Tyler Clem began racing at three, photo by
Tyler Clem began racing at three, photo by

“My son dipped to the low side after a caution,” said Sirius Radio host Bubba the Love Sponge. “Tyler then passed for the lead and never looked back. His crew chief, Jr. Garcia and car chief Mike Tidwell made some great adjustments between the heat race and the feature to help Tyler’s car.”

Tyler’s crew helps keep their Stanley chassis with an Xcellerator 120cc engine and junior novice restrictor plate in great shape. Tyler began his racing career by watching his dad race 360 sprint cars.

“I’ve always been a huge believer in K&N, not only as a racer, but for my personal vehicles as well,” said Bubba the Love Sponge. “The first thing I do when I get a new car or truck is put a K&N product on it. It’s the simplest way to gain about 2 to 4 miles per gallon and 10-25 horsepower. Tyler only has one filter on his car at this point, and it’s a K&N cone shaped air filter of course.”

Tyler Clem began practicing when he was 3 ½, but according to QMA rules, could not race against other kids until he turned 5. “When Tyler first started last year I was so nervous, I thought I’d have to go to the doctor and get some medication to calm me down” said his dad. “I am getting better as time goes by.”

Bubba the Love Sponge has to adjust his radio show broadcasting hours and get permission from the Sirius Network to change his Friday schedule. “I have to get on the road Friday afternoon and travel 3 hours to a track on the other side of Florida,” he said. “But Sirius has allowed me to do my show from 10 am until 2 pm on Fridays so I can take Tyler to the track.”

Tyler would probably like to race on the highest level (NASCAR), but at this point he just needs to have fun, and continue to learn, said Bubba the Love Sponge.

Tyler’s next race will be in New Smyrna, Florida.

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