Nemechek Looks to Cash in on Success at Las Vegas with Speedy Cash

John Hunter Nemechek on Las Vegas:
"As a driver, you always look forward to going back to a track you visited earlier in the year. You have a chance to look at what you did well and where you want to improve. With Las Vegas being the second race of the season this year, we were able to have a decent run, but we've made a lot of improvements since then and have really built up our mile-and-a-half program. I'm ready to go out and get a better finish than we had in February.
"I'm excited to have Speedy Cash on board our No. 38 Ford Mustang this weekend. They were one of the first partners I worked with at Front Row Motorsports last year, and it's been great to see their partnership with the team evolve and grow this year. They make it super easy - particularly in our current pandemic situation - to get cash and use their services. I'm looking forward to giving them a good run at Las Vegas."

Post-Race Report: Bristol

No. 38 Mystik Lubricants Ford Mustang
Started: 31st
Finished: 20th
  • Stage One: 17th
  • Stage Two: 18th
  • Stage Three: 20th
  • John Hunter Nemechek started Saturday’s event at Bristol Motor Speedway in the 31st position. At the Competition Caution, he radioed to the team that his No. 38 Mystik Lubricants Ford Mustang was “free to start… lacking a little drive” and that he “felt like it was starting to come to” as his run went on. Crew Chief Seth Barbour called him to pit road for 4 tires, fuel and track bar and packer adjustments. By the time Nemechek finished Stage 1 in 17th place, he said he “started off free; built tighter.” Expecting the track to tighten up as the race went into the evening, Nemechek would pit at the Stage Break Caution for 4 tires and fuel.
  • Nemechek drove his way towards the top 20 throughout most of Stage 2. When a caution came out on Lap 232, he noted that his No. 38 Mystik Lubricants machine was a “little free off, snug center… I get tight off the bottom.” After going a lap down in the previous run, he stayed out to take the wave-around and would go on to finish Stage 2 in 18th place.
  • Partway through the Final Stage of the night at Bristol Motor Speedway, Nemechek reported that he was picking up a slight vibration in his No. 38 Mystik Lubricants Ford Mustang. He was able to stay out on track until a caution came on Lap 406, where he noted that he was “free center, struggling with drive off.” Barbour called him to pit road for 4 tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. Nemechek would go on to take the checkered flag in 20th place.
Nemechek on Bristol:
  • “The crew put together a solid top-15, maybe even top-10 car tonight at Bristol. Our No. 38 Mystik Lubricants Ford Mustang was decent on the long run, but we struggled a little with drive off. After the first stage, it was looking like we were going to have a decent night. We tried a couple of different adjustments on pit road tonight – some of them helped, some not as much. Overall, we wanted to be able to finish a few spots higher. Thanks to our partners at Mystik Lubricants for coming on board with us this season. We'll debrief this week and come back ready for Las Vegas.”

Mystik Lubricants Returns to Power John Hunter Nemechek at Bristol

Nemechek on Bristol:
"I really like going to Bristol. I feel like it suits my driving style a lot. If I could run at Bristol every week, I would. It’s tough, it’s fast, you have to be mentally focused for the entire race. It’s always a great show for the fans, and I’m glad that we’re able to have them back in the stands with us this weekend.
"We have Mystik Lubricants back on our No. 38 Ford Mustang at Bristol. We didn’t have the results we wanted to give them earlier this year at Michigan, so I’m looking forward to having another chance at a strong run. We've been to Bristol already this year, so we have a better idea of what works and doesn't work. We want to run every lap, make adjustments and set ourselves up for a great finish at the end."

Post-Race Report: Richmond

No. 38 MDS Trucking Ford Mustang
Started: 31st
Finished: 30th
  • Stage One: 30th
  • Stage Two: 26th
  • Stage Three: 30th
  • John Hunter Nemechek took the green flag to start Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series event at Richmond Raceway in 31st place. After a few laps, Nemechek reported an issue with the steering wheel in his No. 38 Ford Mustang, as well as a “pretty bad brake shake.” At the Competition Caution on Lap 30, Nemechek pitted for 4 tires, fuel, and track bar and packer adjustments. By the time he finished Stage 1 in 30th place, Nemechek said that he “needed to be able to wrap the bottom better… feels a little tight center but free off.” Crew Chief Seth Barbour called him to pit road for 4 tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment.
  • Nemechek would start Stage 2 at the rear of the field, due to an uncontrolled tire penalty. Throughout the caution-less run, Nemechek’s No. 38 machine was “a tick snug center, little free off” and “struggled on power.” Nemechek dabbled in the top 20 while green flag pit stops cycled through, and by the time he took the green- and white-checkered flag in 26th place, he said his last adjustment helped and the balance wasn’t bad. He pitted at the Stage Break Caution for 4 tires with a slight air pressure adjustment, fuel and a wedge adjustment.
  • Nemechek would start the Final Stage of the night at Richmond Raceway in 23rd place. Shortly after Lap 280, he made contact with the wall off of Turn 4 but sustained minimal damage and would pit under green for 4 tires and fuel several laps later. Nemechek would continue to battle through the remainder of the all-green Final Stage, crossing the finish line in 30th place.
Nemechek on Richmond:
  • “It was a tough night for our No. 38 team. We had an issue with the steering wheel from the start, and just couldn’t really catch that much of a break throughout the race. We were free for the most part, and just struggled on power. But the great thing about this Front Row Motorsports team is that we never give up. My guys still do everything they can to set us up for a good finish. We have some notes to add to our short track notebook, so we’ll hit the reset button at the shop this week and move on to Bristol.”

Post Race Report: Darlington

No. 38 CITGARD Throwback Ford Mustang
Started: 18th
Finished: 36th (out)
  • Stage One: 27th
  • Stage Two: 23rd
  • Stage Three: 36th (out)
  • Driving the No. 38 CITGARD Ford Mustang in tribute to Elliott Sadler’s 1999 paint scheme with CITGO Petroleum Corporation, John Hunter Nemechek took the green flag in Sunday’s “Southern 500” in 18th place. By Lap 12 of the 367-lap event, Nemechek radioed that he was “snug to fire off through the center.” At the Competition Caution, he noted that his CITGARD Throwback machine was “trending freer as the run goes on,” but that he needed more overall grip. He would pit under caution for 4 tires with an air pressure adjustment, fuel and a packer adjustment. Throughout the remainder of Stage 1, the handling on Nemechek’s No. 38 CITGARD car continued to free up, but by the time he took the green- and white-checkered flag in 27th place, he radioed that he lacked speed to fire off, especially in dirty air. He would pit at the Stage Break Caution for 4 tires, fuel, track bar and packer adjustments.
  • Nemechek would restart the race in the 26th position. As the sun set over Darlington Raceway, he noted that his No. 38 CITGARD Ford Mustang was free and “lacking rear lateral grip center and off.” He would pit under green on Lap 172 for 4 tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment. When a caution came out a few laps later, Nemechek radioed that he could still be tightened up a bit more, and pitted again for 4 tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. By the end of Stage 2, Nemechek’s No. 38 CITGARD Throwback machine was getting “really free.” He took the green- and white-checkered flag in 23rd place and pitted for 4 tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment.
  • Shortly after the start of the Final Stage of the night at Darlington Raceway, Nemechek was involved in an incident on the frontstretch due to a miscommunication on track. His No. 38 CITGARD machine sustained heavy damage, forcing Nemechek to the garage and ending his day early.
Nemechek on Darlington:
  • “That definitely wasn’t the way we wanted to end our night driving Elliott Sadler’s CITGARD throwback scheme. Our No. 38 Ford Mustang fired off pretty tight but then I got looser as the run went on and the sun set. We had some really good pit stops tonight and Seth [Barbour] and the crew made some good adjustments so that we had a good balance by the end of Stage 2. Unfortunately, we had a miscommunication on track early in the Final Stage and that ended our day. I hate it for my guys because they’ve worked so hard all year and they never give up. We’ll reset this week at the shop and get ready for Richmond. Thanks to CITGARD for all of their support and for helping us put together a great car to honor Elliott Sadler.”

CITGARD® Honors Elliott Sadler with Darlington Throwback Scheme

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (August 31, 2020) - The No. 38 Front Row Motorsports (FRM) Ford Mustang, driven by Rookie-of-the-Year Contender John Hunter Nemechek, will run a special paint scheme for the NASCAR throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway, paying tribute to 2017 Xfinity Series regular season champion Elliott Sadler. Nemechek will race a scheme similar to the No. 21 CITGO® Ford Taurus that Sadler raced during his own rookie season with Wood Brothers Racing in 1999 and again in 2000.

CITGO Petroleum Corporation made its iconic return to NASCAR with FRM in 2018 for this same race with David Ragan, also honoring a Wood Brothers Racing-CITGO entry with its CITGARD brand. Following success and continued positive feedback on- and off-track, CITGARD has become a staple of the FRM family.
"This is an exciting event for CITGARD and the CITGO Petroleum Corporation," said Brian Paulson, General Manager of Lubricants at CITGO. "The Darlington Throwback weekend is always a fun way to remember the past and honor former drivers like Elliott Sadler. Our company has deep roots in NASCAR, and we're glad there's an opportunity to bring that heritage to the sport today. We're proud of the success John Hunter Nemechek has had in his rookie season and we look forward to seeing the No. 38 car in Victory Lane this weekend."
Though their premiere series debuts came nearly 20 years apart, Sadler and Nemechek have shown equally strong performances. In his rookie season, Sadler earned five top-15 finishes and one top-10, completing 97% of all competition laps in 34 starts. With 26 starts thus far in the 2020 season, Nemechek has scored seven top-15 finishes and two top-10s, also completing 97% of all competition laps.
"Like many in the sport, I had been racing against Joe Nemechek since John Hunter was a baby," said Sadler. "I've watched him grow up in the garage and it will be really special to see him driving my rookie paint scheme in his rookie year of competition. It means a lot when someone wants to recognize part of your career. I'm looking forward to sharing this experience with the folks at CITGARD."
"If you grew up in the late 1990s and early 2000s, that red CITGO car always stood out on track," said Nemechek. "It's really cool to be able to bring that paint scheme back to life at Darlington. I know my No. 38 Front Row Motorsports crew will bring a fast car to the track, and we'll do everything we can to win on Sunday."
FRM and CITGARD will honor Sadler with unique social media content from Sadler and Nemechek, fan apparel and a chance to win limited, signed diecasts.

The No. 38 CITGARD Throwback Ford Mustang will make its debut at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, September 6. The "Southern 500" NASCAR Cup Series race airs at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN and MRN.

About CITGARD
CITGARD Synthetic Blend Engine Oils deliver the performance needed for newer engine designs while improving performance in older engines. 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.

Post-Race Report: Daytona II

No. 38 Fire Alarm Services, Inc. Ford Mustang
Started: 24th
Finished: 11th
  • Stage One: 11th
  • Stage Two: 16th
  • Stage Three: 11th
  • John Hunter Nemechek took the green flag in the final race of the NASCAR Cup Series regular season on Saturday night in 24th place. After the first 20 laps, Nemechek said his No. 38 Fire Alarm Services, Inc. (FAS) Ford Mustang was a little free on exit, but the balance wasn’t bad. At the Competition Caution, he came to pit road for fuel only and a piece of grille tape. Restarting P8, Nemechek battled within the top 15 for the remainder of the stage, taking the green- and white-checkered flag in the 11th position. Under caution for the Stage 1 Break, Nemechek radioed that he started losing front grip and probably needed to be a little tighter. He would pit for 4 tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment.
  • Nemechek restarted the race for Stage 2 in the 8th place. His No. 38 FAS Ford Mustang ran inside the top 10 for much of the all-green segment, running as high as 3rd before dropping back to save fuel towards the end. Nemechek would finish Stage 2 in the 16th position. Under caution, he noted that he was “a little free on the bottom, a little snug up top… might need to tighten me up a little more.” Crew Chief Seth Barbour made the call for Nemechek to take 4 tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment at the Stage Break Caution.
  • Nemechek would start the Final Stage of the night in 15th place. On Lap 124, he radioed to the crew that it felt like the previous pit stop adjustment might have made the balance worse on his No. 38 FAS Ford Mustang. He made a quick trip to pit road for fuel only with 30 laps to go, and when a caution came out with less than 20 laps to go, Nemechek pitted again for 4 tires, fuel and a packer adjustment. After a wild wreck that took out several cars with less than 10 laps remaining, Nemechek restarted P16. Not long after taking the green flag, Nemechek was involved in another wreck and sustained heavy right rear damage. After pitting for repairs, Nemechek would restart at the tail end of the field and battle his way up to an 11th-place finish, earning Sunoco “Rookie of the Race” honors.
Nemechek on Daytona:
  • “I’ll take P11 for our No. 38 FAS Ford Mustang after all that. It was a wild end to the day, but I’m super proud of my guys for all of their effort and hard work. We had a pretty decent setup and made a few adjustments during the night that helped get us in a position to have a good result. We got caught up at the end in a wreck with some heavy right side damage, but my guys on pit road rallied and we were able to keep rolling to get a good finish for our partners at FAS. Overall it was a good points day for us, so we'll take what notes we can and move on to the next one."

FAS Joins Nemechek in Daytona for Last Chance at the Playoffs

Nemechek on Daytona:
"I think this weekend at Daytona is going to be intense for sure. Everyone is going to be driving as hard as they can, making moves that they might not have at Talladega or the previous Daytona race, since it’s everyone’s last shot to get into the Playoffs. It’s going to be a fun race, but you’ve got to keep your nose clean and not get caught up in a wreck in order to make it to the end. I’m sure with it being the cutoff race, there will be even more wrecks.
"We have FAS back on our No. 38 Ford Mustang this weekend. They’ve been a great supporter and I’m proud to represent them on track. I know my team will set up a great car as we head into the weekend. We will do everything we can during the race to set ourselves up for the end and get into a position to win and make it into the Playoffs."

Post-Race Report: Dover 1

No. 38 ACME Markets Ford Mustang
Started: 31st
Finished: 24th
  • Stage One: 30th
  • Stage Two: 24th
  • Stage Three: 24th
  • John Hunter Nemechek started Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series event at Dover International Speedway from the 31st position. After the first handful of laps, he radioed to the team that his No. 38 ACME Markets Ford Mustang lacked right front grip and he was struggling to turn. At the Competition Caution, Crew Chief Seth Barbour made the call for Nemechek to take 4 tires, fuel, a wedge adjustment, packer adjustment, and grille tape. By the time he took the green- and white-checkered flag to end Stage 1 in 30th place, he said that it felt like something had broken in the front end. When he came to pit road under the Stage Break Caution, the crew took extra time to check the toe.
  • Nemechek’s No. 38 ACME Markets Ford Mustang would take the green flag to restart Stage 2 in the 26th position. He remained quiet on the radio for much of the all-green run, taking the green- and white-checkered flag in 24th place. At the Stage Break Caution, he radioed that he still lacked front end grip and that he needed to be able to turn more to create more momentum. The crew took a big swing on pit road under caution with fuel, 4 tires, adding rubber to the right rear, track bar and packer adjustments, and grille tape.
  • John Hunter Nemechek started the Final Stage of Saturday’s 311-lap event in 24th place. On Lap 239, he noted that his No. 38 ACME Markets machine was a little bit loose and he continued to battle in the top 25 for much of the stage. Nemechek would go on to take the checkered flag in 24th place, two laps down.
Nemechek on Dover:
  • “It was a tough day for our No. 38 ACME Markets team. We didn’t roll off the way we wanted to, so it was an uphill battle for most of the race. I didn’t have a whole lot of grip going through the corner, so the front tires kept sliding, which obviously hurts your momentum. We’ve made notes for what to work on tomorrow and that’s the nice thing about these doubleheader weekends – you get another chance to improve. We’ll shake it off overnight and come back ready tomorrow."

Post-Race Report: Dover II

No. 38 ACME Markets Ford Mustang
Started: 27th
Finished: 20th
  • Stage One: 27th
  • Stage Two: 20th
  • Stage Three: 20th
  • Following NASCAR’s new formula to determine starting lineup, John Hunter Nemechek took the green flag in the second NASCAR Cup Series race of the weekend at Dover International Speedway from the 27th position. Shortly after the race got underway, Nemechek radioed that he was free to fire off. Thanks to an early caution, he was able to bring his No. 38 ACME Markets Ford Mustang to pit road for a hefty track bar adjustment on Lap 8. Nemechek was still struggling with the handling by the time he took the green- and white-checkered flag to end Stage 1 in 27th place, noting that he had no lateral grip or security and the “front turns good, but it wants to over-rotate.” Crew Chief Seth Barbour called him to pit road at the Stage Break Caution for 4 tires, fuel and track bar and packer adjustments.
  • Shortly after Stage 2 began, Nemechek radioed that his No. 38 ACME Markets Ford Mustang was bouncing really bad into Turn 3 and he needed to be tightened up. By Lap 125, he noted that he was finally off the splitter. Nemechek would finish Stage 2 in 20th place, relaying that he was “a little tight center off, but better… I’m able to move around and search for grip; just need to free me up a tick.” He would pit at the Stage Break Caution for 4 tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment.
  • After earning the Lucky Dog spot at the end of Stage 2, Nemechek would start the Final Stage of Sunday’s event at Dover International Speedway on the lead lap in 20th place. When the caution came out on Lap 215, he radioed that his No. 38 ACME Markets Ford Mustang was not bad, “a touch free in the center; splitter was better.” He would pit for 4 tires, fuel and a slight track bar adjustment. Nemechek’s ACME Markets machine tightened up as the race went on and the sun began to set over the Monster Mile. He would go on to take the checkered flag in 20th place.
Nemechek on Dover:
  • “We made some good improvements from yesterday in our No. 38 ACME Markets Ford Mustang. We started off pretty free today, but Seth and the crew made some good adjustments on pit stops throughout the race. I have to say a big thanks to my crew for sticking with me all day. We were able to improve on yesterday’s finish and that’s something to be proud about. I’m glad we were able to have a better run today for our partners at ACME. We’ll take our notes back with us, regroup and get ready for Daytona next week."