Design made in Marshall to be painted on NASCAR Xfinity series car

Friday, May 19, 2017
This design by Mark Celmons, of Clem's Signs, in Marshall, will appear on the No. 14 car of J.J. Yeley during the NASCAR Xfinity series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday, May 27.
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When NASCAR's Xfinity series takes to the track in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, May 27, the work of a Marshall designer will be taking the turns at a high rate of speed.

Mark Clemons, of Clem's Signs, crafted the paint design that will appear on J.J. Yeley's No. 14 car during the Hisense 4K TV 300. The race will air on Fox Sports 1 and the Performance Racing Network at 1 p.m.

During the memorial weekend race, the patriotic car will feature a "Building Homes for Heroes" logo on the hood with red white and blue stripes down the side resembling the U.S. flag. Clemons said it was a fairly easy design and took approximately one week to complete.

Clemons was invited to submit a design by a team owner and sponsor, and said he would normally submit multiple potential choices. However, this time, he said he only submitted one design, which was selected from a small field that included just one other designer.

"I just sent one and they loved it, " he said. "So I just got lucky."

The Xfinity Series, formerly known as the Busch Series or Nationwide Series, is considered NASCAR's highest minor league circuit, just one step below the cup series. Clemons himself races in the sportsman class at Sweet Springs and said he had always been enamored with NASCAR from the time he was a little kid.

While he regularly designs for sprint cars, this will be his first design to make it onto the track at a NASCAR race. With any luck, he said he would like to create designs for more NASCAR racers in the future and hopefully have his design appear on a cup series car one day.

Contact Arron Hustead at ahustead@marshallnews.com

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