John Hunter Nemechek

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John Hunter Nemechek
John Hunter Nemechek being interviewed 1 (2015).jpg
Nemechek in 2015
Born (1997-06-11) June 11, 1997 (age 21)
Mooresville, North Carolina
Achievements 2012 Allison Legacy Series Champion
2014 All American 400 winner
2014 Snowball Derby winner
Awards 2015 Camping World Truck Series Most Popular Driver
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
10 races run over 1 year
Car no., team No. 42 (Chip Ganassi Racing)
First race 2018 Rinnai 250 (Atlanta)
Last race 2018 Iowa 250 (Iowa)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 3 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
81 races run over 6 years
Truck no., team No. 8 (NEMCO Motorsports)
2017 position 8th
Best finish 8th (2016, 2017)
First race 2013 Kroger 200 (Martinsville)
Last race 2018 M&M's 200 (Iowa)
First win 2015 American Ethanol E15 225 (Joliet)
Last win 2018 Alpha Energy Solutions 250 (Martinsville)
Wins Top tens Poles
6 41 1
Statistics current as of June 17, 2018.

John Hunter Nemechek (born June 11, 1997) is an American professional stock car racing driver. Son of NASCAR competitor Joe Nemechek, he was the 2012 champion in the Allison Legacy Series. He currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro for Chip Ganassi Racing, he also competes part time for his father's NEMCO Motorsports in the No. 8 Chevy Silverado.

Personal life[edit]

A young Nemechek in the pits at Infineon Raceway in 2005

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 was a student at the Davidson Day School in Davidson, North Carolina.[3] Nemechek was born the oldest of three full siblings. Nemechek also has one older half-brother.

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, Nemechek 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 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] After the season ended, he won the 300-lap Snowball Derby.[16]

On September 19, 2015, 16 years to the day Joe Nemechek won his first Cup race, John Hunter Nemechek won his first Truck Series race at Chicagoland. On November 29, Nemechek was voted the Most Popular Driver for the 2015 season in the Truck Series.

Nemechek's truck in 2015

In 2016, Nemechek won at Atlanta. At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park during the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 250, Nemechek and Cole Custer were battling for the lead when Nemechek bumped Custer which led to Nemechek losing control and intentionally sending both Custer and himself off-road, pinning Custer to the wall. Before the winner was declared, Nemechek was tackled by Custer; Nemechek would be named the winner.[17]

In 2017, Nemechek won back to back races at Gateway and Iowa. Nemechek missed the Championship Four after finishing 2nd at Phoenix.

For the 2018 season, Nemechek joined Chip Ganassi Racing to drive the No. 42 NASCAR Xfinity Series car on a part-time basis.[18] Nemechek finished an impressive 4th place finish debut at Atlanta, though he was involved in an early race wreck involving Elliott Sadler and Cole Custer resulting in Custer's car wrecking. Nemechek followed up the 4th place run with a 29th place finish at Auto Club after a tire failure ruined his chances of a good run. His next xfinity series races were the four Dash 4 Cash races, where he had one top ten finish at talladega.

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

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

Xfinity Series[edit]

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts
2018 Chip Ganassi Racing 42 Chevy DAY ATL
4
LVS PHO CAL
29
TEX BRI
13
RCH
13
TAL
7
DOV
14
CLT POC
7
MCH
13
IOW
15
CHI DAY KEN NHA IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV KAN TEX PHO HOM -* -*

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NCWTC Pts
2013 SWM-NEMCO Motorsports 22 Toyota DAY MAR CAR KAN CLT DOV TEX KEN IOW ELD POC MCH BRI MSP IOW CHI LVS TAL MAR
19
TEX PHO
22
HOM 46th 48
2014 8 DAY MAR
12
KAN CLT DOV
6
TEX GTW
15
KEN IOW
10
ELD
6
POC MCH BRI
27
MSP
25
CHI NHA
5
LVS TAL MAR
13
TEX PHO
7
HOM 23rd 337
2015 Chevy DAY ATL MAR
29
KAN CLT DOV
22
TEX GTW
4
IOW
23
KEN
11
ELD
7
POC
13
MCH
12
BRI
3
MSP
9
CHI
1
NHA
5
LVS
4
TAL
11
MAR
2
TEX
11
PHO
2
HOM
2
12th 630
2016 NEMCO Motorsports DAY
17
ATL
1
MAR
2
KAN
28
DOV
15
CLT
12
TEX
7
IOW
12
GTW
6
KEN
2
ELD
24
POC
9
BRI
8
MCH
26
MSP
1
CHI
14
NHA
9
LVS
16
TAL
32
MAR
3
TEX
18
PHO
6
HOM
11
8th 2133
2017 DAY
4
ATL
29
MAR
28
KAN
3
CLT
22
DOV
22
TEX
21
GTW
1
IOW
1
KEN
18
ELD
5
POC
4
MCH
29
BRI
3
MSP
20
CHI
7
NHA
20
LVS
8
TAL
6
MAR
30
TEX
19
PHO
2
HOM
15
8th 2206
2018 DAY
25
ATL LVS
21
MAR
1
DOV KAN
4
CLT
9
TEX IOW
27
GTW
CHI KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM -* 01*

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Davidson Day School honor roll – 2nd Trimester". Davidson News. Davidson, NC. April 16, 2012. Archived from the original on May 13, 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. Archived from the original on February 9, 2013. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  6. ^ "Joe Nemechek". NASCAR.com. Turner Sports. Archived from the original on 2012-06-09. 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. Archived from the original on 2012-05-22. 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. 
  16. ^ Bonkowski, Jerry. "John Hunter Nemechek rallies to win 47th Snowball Derby". NBC Sports. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  17. ^ "JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK BATTLES CUSTER TILL END FOR WIN AT CANADA". NASCAR. September 4, 2016. Retrieved September 4, 2016. 
  18. ^ Ruffin, Jessica (December 12, 2017). "John Hunter Nemechek to drive No. 42 Xfinity Chevrolet part-time in 2018". NASCAR. Retrieved February 12, 2018. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tyler Hill
Allison Legacy Series Champion
2012
Succeeded by
Justin Laduke
Preceded by
Erik Jones
Snowball Derby Winner
2014
Succeeded by
Chase Elliott