JH Race Preview: Gateway Motorsports Park

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

Event:        American Ethanol presents the Drivin’ for Linemen 200 brought to you by Ameren
Date:    Saturday, June 13, 2015
Venue:        Gateway Motorsports Park

SWM-NEMCO Motorsports’ NASCAR Camping World Truck Series History at Gateway Motorsports Park … This weekend will mark SWM-NEMCO Motorsports’ second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at the 1.25-mile track. After leading for 53 laps, John Hunter Nemechek posted a 15th place, team-best finish at the Madison, Ill., facility on June 14, 2014.

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 54 starts from five drivers,  resulting in strong performances including one victory and six top-five finishes, as well as 25 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 15.5 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.

NASCAR Next … During a ceremony on May 05 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C., John Hunter Nemechek was formally announced as a member of the 2015-2016 NASCAR Next class, a group of up-and-coming talent that joins the industry program aimed at spotlighting NASCAR’s emerging stars.

Meet John Hunter Nemechek … John Hunter Nemechek is scheduled to participate in an autograph session with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series from 3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (CT) on Saturday, June 13.

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 Kurt Becker and Kyle Rickey. The MRN race broadcast starts at 7:00 p.m. (CT).

Catch the Action … The American Ethanol presents the Drivin’ for Linemen 200 brought to you by Ameren will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, June 13, starting with the pre-race show at 8:00 p.m. (ET). It will also broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Qualifying for the eighth event on the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule will air on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (ET) on FOX Sports 2.

John Hunter Nemechek
No. 8 SWM-NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado

This Week’s SWM-NEMCO Motorsports’ Chevrolet Silverado at Gateway Motorsports Park … John Hunter Nemechek will pilot Chassis No. 042 in the Drivin’ for Linemen 200 at the Gateway Motorsports Park. This NEMCO Motorsports-prepared Chevrolet Silverado is new for the 2015 season to the Gere Kennon-led team.

“Meet Me in St. Louis” … This weekend marks Nemechek’s second Gateway Motorsports Park appearance with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Mooresville, N.C., driver has earned an average starting position of 12.00 and an average finishing position of 15.00 at the track. In his seventh career start in the series and his third in 2014, Nemechek posted a 15th-place finish at the track.

Gateway Rewind … John Hunter Nemecheck was battling for third place when a spinout on Lap 146 .0ultimately led to a 15th-place finish. With 16 laps winding down in the race, two trucks combatted for position across multiple laps for third place, and they inevitably touched with Nemechek’s truck receiving a cut tire in the fray. Nemechek had led 53 of the race laps, the first laps in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career, scoring the second highest number of laps, beaten only by the eventual race-winner. His strong performance was underscored by praise on various social media platforms from Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick on Twitter.

Speedway Stats: In six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts on speedway tracks (tracks 1-mile to 2-mile in length), Nemechek has recorded one top-five finish and three top-10 finishes, with an average starting spot of 10.3 and an average finish of 12.7 on these racetracks.

Full-time Ride … John Hunter Nemechek will compete in a total of 18 events in the No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado during the 2015 season, sharing driving duties with his father, Joe Nemechek, until his 18th birthday (Thursday, June 11). John Hunter Nemechek will finish out the remainder of the truck series schedule beginning at the Gateway Motorsports Park.

In the Rearview Mirror: Texas Motor Speedway … Joe Nemechek, driver of the No. 8 SWM-NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado for NEMCO Motorsports, finished sixth on June 05 in the WinStar World Casino 400 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. The finish was his second top-ten finish in four starts this season. With son John Hunter Nemechek, collaborating with him from high atop the spotters stand, Joe Nemechek qualified 10th for the 167-lap event.

JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK QUOTE (ON GATEWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK.):
“Last year at Gateway (Motorsports Park) we ran very well. We made huge improvements from the first practice – from hitting the fence to leading laps and contending for the win. We had an unfortunate event happen there at the end of the race that put us out of contention.

“I really look forward to going back this year. It is a very fun place. Both corners are different so you have to get your truck handling in both, and it is more of a drivers track. You will see some guys struggle and some guys will prevail. We have been preparing very hard, and we are all very dedicated to try and get a win at Gateway. A lot of late nights at the shop and we have been working hard for a good result this weekend.”