Quick Stats: CBubba the Love Sponge® Clem, radio host
Daily Drivers: 2005 Chevy Suburban (Bubba’s rating: 10 on a scale of 1 to 10); 2010 Chevy Tahoe (rating: 10)
Other cars: see below
Favorite road trip: Reno to Los Angeles
Car he learned to drive in: 1972 Chevrolet van
First car bought: 1974 Ford Maverick
When he isn't speaking with honesty and verve on his daily terrestrial radio show and the Howard 101 channel on Sirius XM radio; shooting a TV pilot in Chicago; or hanging out with his good friend Hulk Hogan; Tampa-based Bubba the Love Sponge® Clem (yes, that is his real name, trademark and all) is going full throttle with his other passion.
Listeners in the Bubba Army know Clem is so serious about auto racing that when he's not in the garage working on his cars, he maintains a grueling race schedule, traveling on a plane he bought just to get to races.
Although he always wanted to race, Clem didn't have the funds until he reached adulthood. But his son, Tyler, who just turned 8, got initiated into the sport at an early age and races in USAC Quarter Midgets, while Clem is in dirt late-model and asphalt truck racing.
It's something father and son enjoy on weekends. "I don't have to do it, but it's a hobby for me and it's also a hobby for my son and it allows us to do a lot of things together," he says. "I'm kind of a guy's guy, and if I wasn't doing that over the weekend, I don't know what the hell I'd be doing. From now till Nov. 20 we're out of town every weekend, racing."
Clem Racing Inc.
Clem approaches racing with the panache of a professional. When Clem Racing Inc. comes to town, with Clem on his "race plane," it is probably to the envy of some enthusiasts who would love to be able to arrive in style the way he does. He's proud to give his son the support he would have loved to have as a kid.
"I got him into racing when he was 3, and part of my support cars that I have with regards to towing and RVs that I own, is all relative to my son," Clem says. "I have a 2008 43-foot freightliner RV that pulls a 30-foot stacker trailer with my crew. Tyler and I and my family fly into the city we're going to race in during the weekend. Last summer I bought a Cessna 414 eight-passenger twin turbo. I have to have a pilot that flies us, whether I'm racing out of town for the weekend or if Tyler is racing."
The closest race is three hours away in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and the farthest is Kokomo, Indiana and Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway in Ohio. The entire family is busy every weekend. Clem recently bought his wife Heather a three-horse trailer for their daughter, who participates in barrel racing.