JH Race Preview: Martinsville Speedway

SWM-NEMCO Motorsports
Race Preview
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News and Notes

Event:    Kroger 250
Date:    Saturday, March 28, 2015
Venue:        Martinsville (Va.) Speedway

SWM-NEMCO Motorsports’ NASCAR Camping World Truck Series History at Martinsville Speedway … This weekend will mark SWM-NEMCO Motorsports’ fifth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at the .526-mile paperclip-oval track. The organization earned a team best of ninth-place at the short track with John Nemechek on September 25, 1995.

SWM-NEMCO Motorsports’ NASCAR Camping World Truck Series History … Since entering the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 1995, the Mooresville, N.C.-based organization has logged 49 starts from four drivers, including one victory and five top-five finishes, as well as 23 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 16.0 and an average finishing position of 13.7.

Follow NEMCO Motorsports on Social Media … To keep up-to-date with the latest news, information and exclusive content, visit NEMCO Motorsports’ Twitter page – @NEMCOMotorsport. Also, follow the NEMCO Motorsports drivers on their personal Twitter pages – @FrontRowJoe87, and @JHNemechek. You can also “Like” Joe Nemechek on his official Facebook page at /NASCARJoe, and John Hunter Nemechek on his official Facebook page at /JohnHunterNemechek.

Meet John Hunter Nemechek … John Hunter Nemechek is scheduled to participate in an autograph session with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series from 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. (ET) on Friday, March 27. Fans can visit the Team Chevy Racing display located in the Martinsville Speedway fan midway area for a question and answer session with Nemechek on Saturday, March 28 at 10:30 a.m. (ET).

On the Radio … On Saturday, Joe Nemechek will be a guest analyst on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series broadcast on the Motor Racing Network (MRN). Nemechek will be joined in the booth by Joe Moore and Jeff Striegle. The MRN race broadcast starts at 2:00 p.m., and green-flag coverage begins at 2:45 p.m. (ET).

Catch the Action … The Kroger 250 will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, March 28, starting with the pre-race show at 2:00 p.m. (ET). It will also broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Qualifying for the third event on the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule will air on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. (ET) on FOX Sports 1. In addition, practice sessions on Friday will be televised live on FOX Sports 1.

John Hunter Nemechek
No. 8 SWM International Inc. Chevrolet Silverado

This Week’s SWM-NEMCO Motorsports’ Chevrolet Silverado at Martinsville Speedway … John Hunter Nemechek will pilot Chassis No. 034 in the Kroger 250 at the Martinsville Speedway. The Gere Kennon-led team unloaded this chassis three times during the 2014 season, at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, at Gateway (Ill.) Motorsports Park and at the Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. On October 25 at Martinsville Speedway, the NEMCO Motorsports prepared chassis qualified 14th and finished in the 13th-position.

Paperclip Review … This weekend marks Nemechek’s fourth Martinsville Speedway appearance with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Mooresville, N.C., driver has earned an average starting position of 21.3 and an average finishing position of 13.3 at the .526-mile track. In addition, Nemechek made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut on October 26, 2013 at the Virginia short track behind the wheel of the No. 22 family-owned machine.

Race Rewind: Martinsville Speedway … John Hunter Nemechek was well on his way to a top-five finish in the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway on October 25, but his solid run was derailed when he was involved in a single-truck incident on Lap 137 that resulted in a 13th-place finish.

Short Track Stats: In five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts on short tracks (less than one mile in length), Nemechek has recorded two top-10 finishes, with an average starting spot of 18.2 and an average finish of 11.2 on these racetracks.

Virginia is for Lovers … Charles Moles, Transporter / hauler driver and tire specialist of the No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado, hails from Floyd, Va..

2015 Debut … Martinsville Speedway will mark John Hunter Nemechek’s first start of the 2015 season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Nemechek will compete in a total of 18 events in the No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado as he continues to share driving duties with his father Joe Nemechek, until his 18th birthday, when he plans to finish out the remainder of the truck series schedule beginning at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Sunoco Rookie of the Year … After graduating to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season, Nemechek is competing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in the No. 8 Chevrolet. In 2011, Nemechek took home the Rookie of the Year honors in the Allison Legacy Series.

In the Rearview Mirror: 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Season … John Hunter Nemechek wheeled the SWM-NEMCO Motorsports No. 8 in 10 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in 2014, including a fifth-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 20. Nemechek’s starts in 2014 earned him an average starting position of 13.2 and an average finish of 10.4.

JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK QUOTE (ON MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY.):
“It is the 2015 season-opener for me, and I am looking forward to getting back into the No. 8 Chevrolet. We ended the 2014 season on a high note, and I feel like we got stronger at the end of the year. We made some major changes over the off-season, and I feel like we are even better than we were last year. At the October Martinsville Speedway event we had a good truck, so we are going to go back and try to build on that and have an even faster truck in race-trim.

“Martinsville Speedway is a fun race track, but you have to be there at the end. You have to keep all the fenders on it and be smart on where you put yourself throughout the race.”