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Louis Clements
Owner - Crew Chief

(Editor's Note): Not much information on Louis Clements at this time. If you have any stories or pictures, forward them to me and I will include on this page.

Louis Clements was Crew Chief for Rex White back in the 60's. The White-Clement #4 Chevy won the NASCAR 1960 Grand National Championship. Louis received a trophy for winning the first Nascar Pit Crew Challenge in 1962.

Rex White (in car)

Louis Clements (standing)

 


This is a picture (right) of the original 1957 Chevy Factory Team. These were the famous "Black Widow" race cars assembled at Sedco in Atlanta.  In the picture, the race car 44 was driven by Rex White.  (L) Louie Clements,  (3rd) Rex White, Crawford Clements;
Do you know the others? Are they Bill Steele, 
Stu McDonald, Frankie Schnider, Hall Moose?
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Grand National Owner Statistics  -  Louis Clements

Year

Driver

Races

Win

T5

T10

Pole

Laps

Led

Earnings

Rank

AvSt

AvFn

RAF

Miles

1964

Rex White

1

0

0

0

0

17

0

12,310

28

13.0

26.0

0

51.0

1 year

1

0

0

0

0

17

0

12,310

 

13.0

26.0

0

51.0

Race Site Cars St Fin # Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
2 Augusta 36 13 26 4 Louis Clements   Mercury* 17/139 575 engine 0

*One week before the 1964 Daytona race, representatives from Chevrolet walked into Rex White’s East Point, Georgia garage and announced that Chevrolet was out of racing and that the racing team was dissolved. White managed to make arrangements to drive a Mercury for Louis Clements and Bud Moore in 6 events in 1964, but struggled to make the Mercury perform and struggled adapting to the leaf spring setup in the car. Mercury reduced its' support of Bud Moore’s operation, so Moore was forced to drop the second team he was operating for White. White recorded 2 top-5’s and 3 top-10’s in the 6 runs. He returned home, accepted a job with a Chrysler dealer in Forest Park, Georgia and began selling cars.

Another Rex White Story:
The title of Rex White's memoir, Gold Thunder, comes from the paint job on his gold and white # 4 Chevrolet. "We wanted a nice shiny gold, so my mechanic, Louie Clements, made a mixture of clear enamel and gold dust. That car was magic. My 1962 Atlanta Motor Speedway win was the only super speedway win by a driver with a 409 engine."


Story from Mike Clements (his son):
Rex and Louie were actually a 50/50 partnership. Together they hired James Hylton who went on to win the NASCAR rookie of the year award in 1966. My dad and Rex were the first to ever use weight jacks in a race car. See Mike's racing website at www.heartbeatracingproducts.com .


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