Scag Power Equipment Back with John Hunter Nemechek at Bristol

NEMECHEK TALKS BRISTOL:
"I feel like our No. 38 Scag Power Equipment team has a lot of momentum going for us right now. We've had some really encouraging, really strong runs at Darlington and Charlotte over the last couple of weeks. We've seen a lot of great speed and we're making improvements each week to make sure that our results reflect that speed.
"Bristol is a tough track all around. It's fast and slick and it can be really unforgiving, so you've got to be on top of your game each and every lap. Being able to pass and make the different grooves work for you will set you up for a good finish. It will be interesting to go in again without practice and qualifying.
"We've got Scag Power Equipment back on our car at Bristol. They've been such a great partner, coming on board and helping us get back to the track. I'm looking forward to getting another solid result for them on Sunday.”

Nemechek Earns "Rookie of the Race" Title at Charlotte

No. 38 Scag Power Equipment Ford Mustang
Started: 5th
Finished: 13th
  • Stage One: 24th
  • Stage Two: 8th
  • Stage Three: 13th
  • A top-20 finish in Sunday's race and an invert to start Thursday's event saw John Hunter Nemechek take the green flag in 5th place for the "Alsco Uniforms 500." Not long after, he radioed an issue with a part coming loose on his No. 38 Scag Power Equipment Ford Mustang. He pitted during the Competition Caution on Lap 20 to take 4 tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment, in addition to having the crew fix the loose part. Lightning was reported in the area shortly afterwards and the race came to a red flag pause for just over an hour. Once the cars refired, Nemechek indicated his car's handling was still tight, finishing Stage 1 in the 24th position.
  • Stage 2 started off tight for Nemechek's Scag Power Equipment machine. The crew made some adjustments to the track bar and Nemechek fought his way up into the top 10 towards the end of the stage. He would pass fellow Sunoco Rookie-of-the-Year Contender Christopher Bell to finish P8 in Stage 2, earning stage points for the first time this season.
  • An issue on pit road took Nemechek out of the top 10 to start the final stage. He noted over the radio that the track had gotten freer as the night progressed and his No. 38 Ford needed to tighten up a tick. The Scag Power Equipment crew made some slight air pressure adjustments in later pit stops, and Nemechek continued to find speed on track. He would cross the finish line in 13th place and earn the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award.
Nemechek on Charlotte:
  • “Overall, it was a solid night for our No. 38 Scag Power Equipment Ford Mustang. I'm worn out... It was a hard-fought night. We had to overcome a couple of mistakes and we weren't great in traffic, but we never gave up. Seth [Barbour] and the crew did a really good job of tuning her up and making improvements so we could find some speed. We were able to bring home another top-15 finish for our Front Row Motorsports team. Thank you to our partners at Scag for your support and coming on board with us. I'm looking forward to heading to Bristol on Sunday.”

Post-Race Report: Charlotte II

No. 38 Scag Power Equipment Ford Mustang
Started: 5th
Finished: 13th
  • Stage One: 24th
  • Stage Two: 8th
  • Stage Three: 13th
  • A top-20 finish in Sunday's race and an invert to start Thursday's event saw John Hunter Nemechek take the green flag in 5th place for the "Alsco Uniforms 500." Not long after, he radioed an issue with a part coming loose on his No. 38 Scag Power Equipment Ford Mustang. He pitted during the Competition Caution on Lap 20 to take 4 tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment, in addition to having the crew fix the loose part. Lightning was reported in the area shortly afterwards and the race came to a red flag pause for just over an hour. Once the cars refired, Nemechek indicated his car's handling was still tight, finishing Stage 1 in the 24th position.
  • Stage 2 started off tight for Nemechek's Scag Power Equipment machine. The crew made some adjustments to the track bar and Nemechek fought his way up into the top 10 towards the end of the stage. He would pass fellow Sunoco Rookie-of-the-Year Contender Christopher Bell to finish P8 in Stage 2, earning stage points for the first time this season.
  • An issue on pit road took Nemechek out of the top 10 to start the final stage. He noted over the radio that the track had gotten freer as the night progressed and his No. 38 Ford needed to tighten up a tick. The Scag Power Equipment crew made some slight air pressure adjustments in later pit stops, and Nemechek continued to find speed on track. He would cross the finish line in 13th place and earn the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award.
Nemechek on Charlotte:
  • “Overall, it was a solid night for our No. 38 Scag Power Equipment Ford Mustang. I'm worn out... It was a hard-fought night. We had to overcome a couple of mistakes and we weren't great in traffic, but we never gave up. Seth [Barbour] and the crew did a really good job of tuning her up and making improvements so we could find some speed. We were able to bring home another top-15 finish for our Front Row Motorsports team. Thank you to our partners at Scag for your support and coming on board with us. I'm looking forward to heading to Bristol on Sunday.”

Post-Race Report: Charlotte

No. 38 YANMAR Ford Mustang
Started: 25th
Finished: 17th
  • Stage One: 24th
  • Stage Two: 20th
  • Stage Three: 17th
  • Stage Four: 17th

 

  • Driving in memory of Staff Sergeant Nicholas Carnes, John Hunter Nemechek started Sunday's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the 25th position. Nemechek reported difficulty finding a comfortable balance in his No. 38 YANMAR Ford Mustang early on and the crew made a wedge adjustment and added some grille tape during the competition caution on Lap 20. Mother Nature forced the race to come to a pause after almost 50 laps and engines refired a little over an hour later. Nemechek continued to struggle with the car's handling for the remainder of Stage 1 and would finish P24.
  • Throughout the second stage, Nemechek continued to struggle with the handling of his No. 38 YANMAR machine. He reported his biggest issue being tight in traffic. Nemechek opted not to pit under the Stage 2 caution in order to regain a lap he had lost earlier in the stage. He took the green- and white-checkered flag in 20th position.
  • Optimistic at the start of the third stage, Nemechek said the previous run had been his best of the night thus far. Running low on fuel, Nemechek would pit on Lap 235 under green, putting him two laps behind the leader. He was able to regain a lap once green flag pit stops cycled through and made his way back inside the top 20 towards the end of the stage. The car was still tight in traffic and Nemechek finished the stage in 17th.
  • To start the final stage, Nemechek pitted for tires, fuel, a wedge adjustment and grille tape in hopes of loosening up his YANMAR Ford Mustang. The team called him back to pit road to correct an adjustment, and he would restart in 20th position. Despite the car continuing to be tight in traffic, Nemechek managed to stay inside the top 20 for much of the final stage. He would finish the race in 17th position.
Nemechek on Charlotte:
  • “It was kind of an up and down day, but overall, we had a good run in our No. 38 YANMAR Ford Mustang. We started off the night pretty free. Once we refired after the rain delay, we had a pretty tight racecar for most of the night. Seth [Barbour] and the crew kept trying different adjustments to get our handling better and we managed to run in the top 20 for most of the last stage. We never gave up and got some good notes to come back on Wednesday. Thanks to our partners at YANMAR for coming on board with us this weekend and thank you especially to all the men and women who serve our country. It's an amazing privilege to have the freedom to race because of their sacrifices.”

Welcoming John Hunter Nemechek to the Melin Family

Coming from one of the greatest legacies in Nascar history, John Hunter Nemechek had the weight of the world on his shoulders for his first Daytona 500 this past weekend. After an intense two days of racing, John Hunter finished the race in 11th place, creating an exciting start to the rest of the season.

At only 22 years old, John Hunter has inspired us with his work ethic, composure, and determination to be the best in the world. We are honored to welcome John Hunter to the melin Family and cheer him on as he competes against legends.


Auto Club Recap

No. 38 Fire Alarm Services Ford Mustang

Started: 23rd
Finished: 25th

Stage One: 24th
Stage Two: 23rd
Stage Three: 25th

John Hunter Nemechek took the green flag 23rd in the Auto Club 400 Sunday afternoon at Auto Club Speedway. His No. 38 Fire Alarm Services Ford Mustang fired off tight and battled inside of the Top 25 throughout the course of Stage 1. Nemechek noted that the car was, “a tick on the snug side” and that he needed more turn after finishing Stage 1 in the 24th position.

During the Stage 1 caution, Nemechek pitted for 4 tires, fuel and a trackbar adjustment. Not long after the green flag fell to mark the beginning of Stage 2, Nemechek made note that his Fire Alarm Services Ford was extremely tight in dirty air and would go on to finish Stage 2 in the 23rd position.

Under the Stage 2 caution, the team took a big swing at Nemechek’s No. 38 Fire Alarm Services Ford Mustang, adding 4 new tires, fuel, grille tape and a trackbar adjustment. Despite the changes, the No. 38 Ford still seemed to be tight in traffic and Nemechek would go on to take the checkered flag in the 25th position.

Nemechek on Fontana: “It was a tough day for our No. 38 Fire Alarm Services team. We had a little issue early on pit road, but we were able to improved on it throughout the day. We couldn’t seem to get going on restarts and ultimately ran all day, in and around where we ended up finishing. Thanks to all of the guys on the team for never giving up and thanks to Fire Alarm Services for coming on board. A 25th place run obviously is not where we wanted to finish, but things could have been a lot worse. It was a pretty decent points day, so we’ll move on and get ready for Phoenix Raceway next weekend.”


Post-Race Report: Daytona

No. 38 CITGARD Ford Mustang
Started: 23rd
Finished: 11th
  • Stage One: 15th
  • Stage Two: 23rd
  • Stage Three: 11th
  • John Hunter Nemechek started his first Daytona 500 in 25th place. However, he was not able to run many laps as a full-time Cup Series driver before the skies opened up and the race was postponed until Monday. After a nearly 24-hour rain delay, Nemechek restarted the race in 37th place. He pitted once the engines had been refired for fuel and four tires. The focus for much of Stage 1 was to keep out of trouble, staying towards the back of the pack. After a caution on lap 58, Nemechek pitted for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment on Lap 60, hoping to alleviate a tight-handling racecar. By the end of the stage, Nemechek managed to make his way up to P15 and pitted under the stage break caution to take fuel only.
  • As the sun set on a warm day in Daytona, the handling of Nemechek’s No. 38 CITGARD Ford improved. He, along with David Ragan and teammate Michael McDowell, settled in around mid-pack for the remainder of Stage 2, where Nemechek finished P23.
  • Nemechek managed to keep his nose clean until Lap 184 when he was involved in a wreck and hit from behind, sending him into the wall. He sustained damage to the deck lid and splitter. Nemechek also sustained possible tow damage, which likely caused the car to handle much tighter and made the steering wheel difficult to turn. With repairs from the No. 38 CITGARD crew, he was able to stay on the lead lap for the last 15 laps of the race. Nemechek finished P11 after navigating a scary crash at the front of the field on the final lap.
Nemechek on Daytona: "It was a great way to start off my Rookie year in the Cup Series. We had a solid day in our No. 38 CITGARD Ford Mustang, being able to stay out of trouble early. We eventually got caught up in one wreck late in the race but still managed to get a solid P11 day after the guys were able to fix the car. We made the most with what we had today. We were hoping for a little bit better result but, overall it was a good way to start the points off for our Front Row Motorsports team. My thoughts and prayers go out to Ryan Newman, his family and our teammates at Roush Fenway after that awful wreck. I was very relieved to hear that his injuries were not life-threatening."

Fire Alarm Services Announces New Partnership with Front Row Motorsports

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (February 3, 2020) - Fire Alarm Services, Inc. (FAS), a leader in fire, life safety, and security services, will team up with Front Row Motorsports (FRM) and the No. 38 Ford Mustang team driven by John Hunter Nemechek in 2020. FAS will serve as the primary partner for the Sunoco Rookie-of-the-Year contender at Martinsville Speedway in May, Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July, Daytona International Speedway in August and the season finale at Phoenix Raceway in November. The brand will also be a major associate partner on Nemechek's No. 38 Ford throughout the season.

Based in Colorado, FAS provides a single, streamlined source for all fire alarm, electrical, security and fire suppression needs. The organization provides service on a wide range of systems in all 50 states and employs the finest service technicians in the industry. FAS has been a supporter of Nemechek since 2016, serving as his partner in several NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoor Truck Series and NASCAR Xfinity Races throughout the 22-year-old's career.
"We're thrilled to take our investment with John Hunter to Front Row Motorsport and the NASCAR Cup Series," said Shannon Smith, Owner, FAS. "He has continued to impress us both in the car and away from the track and we're looking forward to his first full year in the Cup series."
"I'm thrilled to see FAS come on board with Front Row Motorsports this year," said Nemechek. "They have been a key part of my successful climb to the top level of our sport and I'm so thankful for the relationship that we've been able to build. Shannon and Connie Smith have high expectations for their customers and products and I'm glad that they continue to see us as part of that."

For more information about FAS, visit fasonline.cc.

About FAS

Fire Alarm Services, Inc. prides ourselves on providing our customers with one source for all of their fire alarm, electrical, security and fire suppression needs. We provide service on a wide range of systems and employ the finest service technicians in the industry. Fire Alarm Services, Inc. services Colorado and provides service coordination in all 50 states..
About Front Row Motorsports
Front Row Motorsports (FRM) is a winning organization in the NASCAR Cup Series. The team was founded in 2004 and is owned by successful entrepreneur, Bob Jenkins. FRM fields two full-time entries - the No. 34 of Michael McDowell and the No. 38 of John Hunter Nemechek - from its Mooresville, N.C., headquarters just outside of Charlotte. In 2020, the team announced an expansion to include the No. 38 Ford F-150 in the NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series, driven by Todd Gilliland. Visit teamfrm.com and follow FRM on social media: Twitter at @Team_FRM, Instagram at @team_frm and Facebook at facebook.com/FrontRowMotorsports.

CITGO Petroleum Corporation to Back John Hunter Nemechek in Rookie Season

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (January 28, 2020) - CITGARD, a member of the CITGO Petroleum Corporation family of brands, will return to Front Row Motorsports (FRM) for the 2020 season, expanding its partnership on the No. 38 Ford Mustang driven by NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year contender, John Hunter Nemechek.

As a part of its expanded partnership, CITGARD will serve as the primary partner of Nemechek in his Daytona 500 debut in February. CITGARD will then return to the No. 38 Ford Mustang and Nemechek as the primary partner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July, Michigan International Speedway in August, Bristol Motor Speedway in September and the ROVAL at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October. The brand will also be featured as an Associate Sponsor throughout the season.
"CITGO Petroleum is an iconic brand in NASCAR," said John Hunter Nemechek.  "Growing up in NASCAR, everyone knows the colors of CITGO and the past two seasons the CITGARD brand has brought the company back into the sport with FRM.  It's awesome to join their team and carry on their tradition and winning history.  I can't wait to represent CITGARD in the Daytona 500.  There is no better race to start this relationship."
CITGO Petroleum Corporation first teamed up with FRM with its CITGARD brand in 2018 at Darlington Raceway, which led to a three-race partnership in 2019.  Continued success both on- and off-track, along with positive feedback from fans, led to an increased commitment with FRM in 2020.
"Our customers are NASCAR fans and have showed their support since our return to NASCAR with Front Row Motorsports over the past two seasons," said Brian Paulson, General Manager, Lubricants, CITGO Petroleum Corporation. "We are expanding our relationship in 2020 and including the sport's biggest day, the Daytona 500.  We will be there with John Hunter Nemechek, who is a proven winner in every series he's competed in coming up to the Cup Series. We're looking forward to another successful season."
Fritz Sports & Event Enterprises will again oversee the partnership
"I'm thankful for everyone's support in making this partnership between Front Row Motorsports, John Hunter Nemechek and CITGARD a reality for 2020," said Fritz Sports & Event Enterprises CEO Doug Fritz. " CITGO has had a great relationship with Front Row Motorsports over the last couple of years and we are looking forward to an increased presence of CITGARD on the track throughout the upcoming season."
About CITGARD
CITGARD Synthetic Blend Engine Oils deliver the performance needed for newer engine designs while improving performance in older engines. It is engineered with proprietary additive technology that protects engines running at higher operating temperatures and higher fuel injection pressures, while meeting tighter wear limits and lower emission requirements. CITGARD 700 is a new generation of engine oils that support the Phase II fuel efficiency standards which are driving the need for even more fuel efficient heavy duty engine oils combined with excellent wear protection and engine durability.
About Front Row Motorsports
Front Row Motorsports (FRM) is a winning organization in the NASCAR Cup Series. The team was founded in 2004 and is owned by successful entrepreneur, Bob Jenkins. FRM fields two full-time entries - the No. 34 of Michael McDowell and the No. 38 of John Hunter Nemechek - from its Mooresville, N.C., headquarters just outside of Charlotte. In 2020, the team announced an expansion to include the No. 38 Ford F-150 in the NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series, driven by Todd Gilliland. Visit teamfrm.com and follow FRM on social media: Twitter at @Team_FRM, Instagram at @team_frm and Facebook at facebook.com/FrontRowMotorsports

Homestead-Miami Recap

START: 6th
FINISH: 6th
POINTS: 7th

Notes & Quotes:
- Nemechek started the race from the 6th-position and made his way into the fifth-position to finish out Stage One. The GMS Racing team elected for Nemechek not to pit. Nemechek raced within the top-10 to finish Stage Two in the seventh-position. Nemechek came to pit road for four tires, fuel, and a wedge adjustment and restarted the final stage in the seventh-position. Racing in ninth-position a caution occurred on lap 124, Nemechek reported to the No. 23 team that he was free on exit and came to pit road for four tires and fuel. Still holding his position in the top-10, the GMS Racing team called for Nemechek to pit road under green with 39 laps to go for four tires and fuel and raced his way into the sixth-position where he finished the race.
-Nemechek accumulated six top-five's and 19 top-10's in his first full-time NASCAR Xfinity Series season.
"Our goal was to finish the season strong and that's what we did. We had this strong momentum run too late though, we didn't finish lower than sixth-place the past four races or so. Overall, this year was a rollercoaster ride emotions but I think being a small single-car team, we did pretty well. I don't know what my future holds yet but I will always be grateful for the opportunity that Maury Gallagher gave me to run full-time for GMS. Thank you to all of my sponsors that made this year possible. I am grateful and cannot wait to see what's next for me."