John Hunter Nemechek

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John Hunter Nemechek
Born (1997-06-11) June 11, 1997 (age 16)
Mooresville, North Carolina, U.S.
Achievements 2012 Allison Legacy Series Champion
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
3 race(s) run over 2 year(s)
Truck no., team No. 8 (SWM-NEMCO Motorsports)
2013 position 45th
Best finish 45th (2013)
First race 2013 Kroger 200 (Martinsville)
Last race 2014 Kroger 250 (Martinsville)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of March 30, 2014.

John Hunter Nemechek (born June 11, 1997) is an American stock car racing driver. Son of NASCAR competitor Joe Nemechek, he was the 2012 champion in the Allison Legacy Series; he currently competes full-time in the Southern Super Series driving the family-owned No. 8, and also competes on a limited basis in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in the No. 8 Chevrolet and Camping World Truck Series for SWM-NEMCO Racing in the No. 22 Toyota Tundra.

Personal life[edit]

Born June 11, 1997, Nemechek is a native of Mooresville, North Carolina;[1] he was named after his uncle, John Nemechek, who had been killed in a racing accident earlier that year in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Homestead-Miami Speedway.[2] He is a student at the Davidson Day School in Davidson, North Carolina.[3]

Nemechek was the subject of a children's book on racing, Racin' Buddies, written by his father in 2001.[4]

Racing career[edit]

Nemechek's 2013 K&N Pro Series car

Nemechek began his racing career at the age of 5, competing in go-karts, quarter midget cars and in dirt bike competition.[3] He moved up to stock car competition in 2010, competing in the Allison Legacy Series with sponsorship from England Stove Works.[3][5]

In 2012, Nemechek moved up to late model and super late model competition,[6] competing in the Champion Racing Association Super Series and American Speed Association Midwest Tour; he also competed in the World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna Speedway during Speedweeks.[7] Nemechek won praise from Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch following a CRA Super Series race in which both drivers competed.[7]

In June 2012, Nemechek won the pole for the Howie Lettow Memorial 150, an ASA Midwest Tour event, at the Milwaukee Mile; he was scheduled to take a driver's education course the following week as he had just passed his fifteenth birthday.[8] He finished 23rd in the event.[9]

After competing in the 2012 Snowball Derby,[10] starting second and finishing tenth, Nemechek won the 2012 Allison Legacy Series championship, winning 15 of the season's 18 races.[11][12]

In 2013, Nemecheck moved to competing in the Southern Super Series as well as in selected races in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East,[12] starting with the UNOH Battle at the Beach at Daytona International Speedway in February.[13] In late 2013, he made his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, driving the No. 22 Toyota for SWM-NEMCO Racing.[14] He competed in two events, with a best finish of 16th.[15]

In January 2014, Nemechek announced he would be competing in ten Camping World Truck Series events during the 2014 season.[15]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Davidson Day School honor roll – 2nd Trimester". Davidson News. Davidson, NC. April 16, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  2. ^ "Nemecheks face their pain, find pure joy". The Miami Herald (Miami, FL). November 10, 1997. p. 9D. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  3. ^ a b c Terrell, Katherine (June 22, 2011). "14-year-old racer looks to follow in dad's steps". Lake Norman News. Charlotte, NC: The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  4. ^ Kurz, Hank, Jr. (May 4, 2001). "Rusty Wallace is looking forwards to racing at Richmond International". The Gadsden Times (Gadsden, AL). p. B3. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  5. ^ Mills, Jeremy (March 22, 2001). "Amherst Co. Charity Hoping to Fetch $25,000 for 'NASCAR Guitar'". WSET-TV. Lynchburg, VA. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  6. ^ "Joe Nemechek". NASCAR.com. Turner Sports. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  7. ^ a b Rodman, Dave (February 3, 2012). "Another Nemechek on the horizon". NASCAR.com. Turner Sports. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  8. ^ Lada, Jen (June 15, 2012). "14-year-old turning heads at the Milwaukee Mile". WITI. Milwaukee, WI. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  9. ^ Madsen, Tamira (June 12, 2012). "John Hunter Nemechek, 15, gets an early start on family business". Wisconsin State Journal. Madison, WI. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  10. ^ Vilona, Bill (December 1, 2012). "Racing's next generation on display at Five Flags Speedway". Pensacola News Journal. Pensacola, FL. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  11. ^ "JOHN HUNTER NEMECHECK-The Allison Legacy Race Series 2012 Champion". Allison Legacy Series. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  12. ^ a b Cunningham, Jason (February 4, 2013). "Nemechek to Make Debut at Daytona". NASCAR.com. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  13. ^ Albert, Zack (February 28, 2013). "John Hunter Nemechek, 15, carries family tradition". NASCAR.com. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  14. ^ "Young Nemechek To Try Hand In Trucks". National Speed Sport News. October 18, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  15. ^ a b Adamczyk, Jay (January 13, 2014). "John Hunter Nemechek to run 10 Truck Series races in 2014". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tyler Hill
Allison Legacy Series Champion
2012
Succeeded by
Incumbent