JH Race Preview: Iowa Speedway

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Event:        American Ethanol 200
Date:    Friday, June 19, 2015
Venue:        Iowa Speedway

SWM-NEMCO Motorsports’ NASCAR Camping World Truck Series History at Iowa Speedway ... This weekend will mark SWM-NEMCO Motorsports’ second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at the .875-mile track. John Hunter Nemechek posted a team best finish of tenth place at the Newton, Iowa, facility on July 11, 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 55 starts from five drivers,  resulting in strong performances including one victory and seven top-five finishes, as well as 26 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 15.5 and an average finishing position of 13.5.

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 … Fans can visit the Team Chevy Racing display located in the Iowa Speedway fan midway area for a question and answer session with John Hunter Nemechek on Friday, June 19 at 2:45 p.m. (CT). 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 Friday.

Catch the Action ... The American Ethanol 200 will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 on Friday, June 19, 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 ninth event on the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule will air on Friday at 5:30 p.m. (ET) on FOX Sports 2.

John Hunter Nemechek
No. 8 MeetBall Chevrolet Silverado

This Week's SWM-NEMCO Motorsports’ Chevrolet Silverado at Iowa Speedway ... John Hunter Nemechek will pilot Chassis No. 042 in the American Ethanol 200 at the Iowa Speedway. The Gere Kennon-led team unloaded this chassis last week at the Gateway Motorsports Park. On June 13 at the Madison, Ill., facility, the NEMCO Motorsports-prepared chassis qualified 12th and finished in the fourth-position.

Iowa: Fields of Opportunity ... This weekend marks Nemechek’s second Iowa Speedway appearance with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Mooresville, N.C., driver has earned an average starting position of 14.0 and an average finishing position of 10.00 at the track.

Iowa Speedway Rewind … Although John Hunter Nemechek suffered difficulties, he displayed progress throughout the only practice session at the Iowa Speedway, finishing the morning practice session 16th on the speed chart. Starting from the 14th-position, Nemechek quickly gained positions making his way into the top-10 before Lap 25. Battling difficult handling conditions, Nemechek finished tenth – his second top-10 finish in his fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start of the 2014 season.

Short Track Stats: In six 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 17.8 and an average finish of 14.2 on these racetracks.

#FindYourParty … MeetBall, a real-time location sharing navigation application, will be the primary partner on the No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado at the Iowa Speedway for the American Ethanol 200, and was on-board with John Hunter Nemechek at the Dover International Speedway on May 29. In April, John Hunter Nemechek was announced as the free mobile app's exclusive NASCAR brand ambassador.

Welcome Rocky Ridge … John Hunter Nemechek was announced as a brand ambassador for Rocky Ridge Custom Trucks on Thursday, June 18. In addition, Rocky Ridge will receive associate branding on the No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado. Based out of Franklin Springs, Ga., Rocky Ridge Custom Trucks is a family-owned and operated special vehicle manufacturer (SVM) for General Motors specializing in truck conversions and upgrades.

Battle at Berlin 251 … On Tuesday, June 16, John Hunter Nemechek started his No. 8 Durobyte Chevrolet Super Late Model from the sixth position at the Berlin Raceway.  After battling for position around the 4/10-mile Michigan oval for 251 laps, Nemechek crossed the finish line third.

In the Rearview Mirror: Gateway Motorsports Park ... John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 8 SWM-NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado for NEMCO Motorsports, finished fourth on June 13 in the American Ethanol presents the Drivin’ for Linemen 200 brought to you by Ameren NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the Gateway Motorsports Park. The finish was Nemechek’s career-best finish in 15 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts.

JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK QUOTE (ON IOWA SPEEDWAY.):
“We are going into this weekend at Iowa Speedway with some momentum from finishing fourth at Gateway Motorsports Park – a career-best finish. And at the Berlin Raceway on Tuesday, we had a great finish in finishing third while battling for second position.

“Definitely our NEMCO Motorsports guys have been working hard. The dedication shows and hopefully our hard work can pay-off on Friday. Iowa (Speedway) is a fun place. You have to have your truck right or you cannot go. Hopefully we can get it dialed-in during practice.”


Nemechek Battles Hard for Podium Finish at Berlin

The Battle at Berlin 251 wasn't just a cleverly-named Super Late Model race that John Hunter Nemechek competed in Tuesday night.  Calling it a battle was actually quite telling for how hard the young NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie competitor had to work throughout the 251 grueling laps around the 4/10-mile Michigan oval

 

Nemechek started his No. 8 Durobyte Chevy Super Late Model from the sixth position, but almost instantly had to wrestle his racecar around Berlin Raceway.  A tight condition caused Nemechek to fight to keep his place among the leaders in the first half of the race before pit stops could be made to adjust the car.

 

Through some clever pit strategy and a hard-working attitude between both driver and the NEMCO Motorsports pit crew, Nemechek's car was able to improve throughout the race.  Nemechek found himself in position to win in the closing stages as he battled hard inside the podium positions before finishing an impressive third.

 

"It was a good day for us considering the way it started," said Nemechek following Tuesday's race.  "At the start of the race, I was way too tight.  I couldn't rotate the center, couldn't get off the corner.  All it would do is push.  We decided to pit early and see what we can come up with.  Dad and I talked about it and he made some great calls on the radio trying to get us some track position as well as stay on top of the tire situation."

 

With the help of his NASCAR race-winning dad Joe atop the pit box helping John Hunter throughout the Battle at Berlin, the No. 8 car was right in the thick of the heavy battle for the lead in crunch time.  Late in the race, Nemechek diced his way through several three-wide situations en route to the strong finish.

 

Still, even having finished an impressive third, Nemechek was left wondering what could have been if circumstances late in the race had played out differently.

 

"I can't thank my guys enough for their hard work," added Nemechek.  "I wish we could've had those sticker right-side tires that we had left in the pits.  We actually put our first set back on that had 70 laps on them around lap 170.  It was definitely a little more difficult to pass with those tires, but we maintained.  Who knows what would've happened with our Durobyte Chevy.   We put all of our time and effort into this race.  We started the weekend rough, but we finished strong."

 

Nemechek will be back behind the wheel of his NASCAR Camping World Truck series ride on June 19 as he competes at Iowa Speedway with his NEMCO Motorsports No. 8.

 


Nemecheck Ready for a Berlin Super Late Model Battle

Even as John Hunter Nemechek began a new chapter in his racing career last Saturday in his first race as a full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver, the rising star is still eager to check off a few more items on his short track accomplishments wish list.

Nemechek, the winner of such prestigious events as the Snowball Derby and All American 400, will make the trip up to Michigan this Tuesday to compete in the Battle at Berlin 251, a Super Late Model special event at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan.

Three dozen of the best SLM drivers in the country are scheduled to compete and Nemechek knows he will have to bring his A-game to take home another trophy.

"I hadn't seen the racetrack until we came up here a few weeks ago to test," said Nemechek upon arriving at the facility Monday.  "It's definitely a tricky place, but it's not something we can't grasp.  I've learned you have to have rear grip to get good drive off.  The longer you run, the more you spin the rear tires.  Keeping the car turning in the middle of the corner without hurting the drive off is going to be key.

The Battle at Berlin event will be 251 grueling laps around the Michigan bullring, but Nemechek has proven to be at his best in the extra-distance events.

"I definitely like these long races," added Nemechek.  " I think it takes a little bit more of a driver to run all those laps and have the endurance to contend at the end.  But I've grown up racing these long races, especially now with the Truck Series team.  I like making pit stops too."

If he can indeed take the flag after 251 long laps on a warm June evening, Nemechek says that it will immediately go near the top of his racing résumé.

"This is something we've been looking forward to for a while. Ever since we got back from our test, we've been working on this car. Any big late model race you can win, you want to put your name in the history books."


JH Race Preview: Gateway Motorsports Park

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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.”


JH Race Preview: Dover (Del.) International Speedway

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Event:        Lucas Oil 200
Date:    Friday, May 29, 2015
Venue:        Dover (Del.) International Speedway

SWM-NEMCO Motorsports’ NASCAR Camping World Truck Series History at Dover International Speedway ... This weekend will mark SWM-NEMCO Motorsports’ second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at the 1-mile track. John Hunter Nemechek posted a team best finish of sixth place at the “Monster Mile” on May 30, 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 52 starts from five drivers, including one victory and six top-five finishes, as well as 24 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 15.8 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 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C., on May 5, 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.

“Pomp and Circumstance” … On Saturday, May 23, John Hunter Nemechek attended his high school commencement ceremony. The 17-year old is already enrolled at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), because he graduated early (December 19, 2014) from Davidson Day School.

Meet John Hunter Nemechek … Fans can visit the Colonnade Marketplace located in the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino for an autograph session with John Hunter Nemechek on Thursday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (ET). Nemechek is scheduled to participate in an autograph session with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series from 2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (ET) on Friday, May 29 at the Lucas Oil Display located in the Dover International Speedway midway.

NASCAR Next Media Availability ... John Hunter Nemechek will be available to the media on Thursday, May 28 from 1:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (ET) in the media center.

Catch the Action ... The Lucas Oil 200 will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 on Friday, May 15, starting with the pre-race show at 5:00 p.m. (ET). It will also broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Qualifying for the sixth event on the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule will air on Friday at 12:30 p.m. (ET) on FOX Sports 1.

John Hunter Nemechek
No. 8 MeetBall Chevrolet Silverado

This Week's SWM-NEMCO Motorsports’ Chevrolet Silverado at Dover International Speedway ... John Hunter Nemechek will pilot Chassis No. 034 in the Lucas Oil 200 at the Dover International Speedway. The Gere Kennon-led team unloaded this chassis earlier this season at the Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. On March 28 at Martinsville Speedway, the NEMCO Motorsports prepared chassis qualified 16th and finished in the 29th-position.

Nemechek at the “Monster Mile” ... This weekend marks Nemechek’s second Dover International Speedway appearance with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Mooresville, N.C., driver has earned an average starting position of seventh and an average finishing position of sixth at the 1-mile track. In his fourth career start in the series and second of 2014, Nemechek posted a sixth-place finish.

Short Track Stats: In six 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 17.8 and an average finish of 14.2 on these racetracks.

#FindYourParty … MeetBall, a real-time location sharing navigation application, will be the primary partner on the No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado at the Dover International Speedway for the Lucas Oil 200. In April, John Hunter Nemechek was announced as the free mobile app's exclusive NASCAR brand ambassador.

Autism: Understanding the Puzzle … To help generate awareness for Autism Speaks, John Hunter Nemechek will be showing his support for Autism Speaks throughout the race weekend by displaying a puzzle piece decal on his No. 8 MeetBall Chevrolet.

Second 2015 Start … Dover International Speedway will mark John Hunter Nemechek’s second 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 the Gateway Motorsports Park.

In the Rearview Mirror: Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Joe Nemechek survived a last-lap battle to finish in 11th-place on May 15 in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Nemechek and the No. 8 FoneFuel Chevrolet Silverado started the scheduled 134-lap event from the 16th position under the lights at the 1.5-mile quad-oval track.

JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK QUOTE (ON DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY.):
“Dover International Speedway is a fun track, and it is tricky. You can run on the bottom, on the top, or wherever your truck works best. I learned a lot going there last year, and I look forward to going back. It is a fast place, and it is a track you always look forward to going to.”


John Hunter Named to NASCAR Next Class of 2015

(NASCAR Press Release)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Five of the six NASCAR K&N Pro Series race winners in 2015 are 21 years old or younger. The championship points leaders in both the East and West are 17 and 16, respectively. And a 17-year-old just became the highest-finishing female in the 61-year history of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

 

It is fitting that as fans celebrate Jeff Gordon’s final year of competition, the ranks of NASCAR are filled with young drivers battling to one day fill that void. And on Tuesday, in a building that honors the sport’s history, NASCAR introduced some of those potential future stars of the sport.

 

JH NASCAR Next GraphicDuring a ceremony at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, 12 drivers were formally announced as the newest NASCAR Next class, a group of up-and-coming talent that joins the industry program aimed at spotlighting NASCAR’s emerging stars.

 

"The NASCAR Next initiative spotlights the future of NASCAR, a collection of promising young talent who have shown the potential to one day reach the highest level of our sport," said Jill Gregory, NASCAR senior vice president for Industry Services. "Alumni – and current members – of the NASCAR Next program are achieving success at the national series level, and we are confident that this class will build upon that foundation of excellence for many seasons to come."

 

Now in its fifth season, the career résumé of NASCAR Next alumni is impressive, highlighted by Chase Elliott’s 2014 NASCAR XFINITY Series championship, Kyle Larson’s 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award, and Cole Custer’s September 2014 win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, making him the youngest winner in NASCAR national series history.

 

Of the 28 drivers previously selected for the program, 21 have raced in one of NASCAR’s three national series (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), and 11 are competing full-time there in 2015.

 

The team was selected through an evaluation process that included input from industry executives and veteran racers. Drivers must be between the ages of 15-25, have tangible and expressed goals in eventual competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and demonstrate the potential to realize that goal.

 

Each driver in NASCAR Next must be actively competing in a NASCAR touring or weekly series – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East or West, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1, NASCAR Mexico Series, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series or NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitors also are eligible provided they are not slated to run a full season in their respective series.

 

The NASCAR Next members for 2015-16 are:

 

  • Rico Abreu (23, Rutherford, Calif., Twitter: @Rico_Abreu) – A 2014 USAC national champion and winner of the 2015 Chili Bowl, he has two top-10 finishes in three K&N Pro Series East starts, his first season racing in stock cars.

 

  • Nicole Behar (17, Otis Orchards, Wash., @NicoleBehar33) – Tied the series record for highest finish by a female driver in just her fifth K&N West start with her second place mark at Irwindale Event Center, and has top-10 finishes in four of six West starts.

 

  • Kyle Benjamin (17, Easley, S.C., @kylebenjamin71) – This Roush Fenway Racing developmental driver earned his first K&N Pro Series win at Bristol Motor Speedway, and is the youngest race winner in ARCA history.

 

  • James Bickford (17, Napa, Calif., @Bickford_James) – The 2014 K&N West Sunoco Rookie of the Year earned his first win at State Line Speedway last season and finished fifth in the season championship.

 

  • William Byron (17, Charlotte, N.C., @WilliamByron) – With a win at Greenville Pickens Speedway and three top 10 finishes, he sits atop the K&N Pro East season championship standings.

 

  • Cole Custer (17, Ladera Ranch, Calif., @colecuster00) – He holds the records for youngest pole award and race winner in both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR’s touring series, and led late in the Truck race at Martinsville Speedway earlier this season.

 

  • Ruben Garcia Jr. (19, Mexico City, Mex., @rubengarcia4) – The runner up in last season’s NASCAR Mexico Series season championship, he had one win and 10 top-10 finishes there while also competing in three NASCAR XFINITY Series races.

 

  • Austin Hill (21, Winston, Ga., @_AustinHill) – Had three consecutive K&N East wins, in the final two races in 2014 and the 2015 season opener at New Smyrna Speedway where he captured his first pole award and led every lap.

 

  • Jesse Little (18, Sherrill’s Ford, N.C., @jesselittle97) – Had a win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, four top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in 2014 to finish fourth in the season standings. Won the pole at Bristol Motor Speedway in his 2015 K&N East debut.

 

  • Dylan Lupton (21, Wilton, Calif., @LuptonDylan) – Was the 2014 K&N West championship runner up with a win at Kern County Speedway and registered 14 top-10 finishes; made his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut at Phoenix International Raceway in March.

 

  • John Hunter Nemechek (17, Mooresville, N.C., @JHNemechek) – Earned six top-10 finishes in 10 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts in 2014, and won the prestigious Snowball Derby Late Model race at Five Flags Speedway in December.

 

  • Dalton Sargeant (17, Boca Raton, Fla., @DaltonSargeant) – Has a win at Kern County Raceway Park in the West this season, and four top-five finishes in five combined East and West races.

 

About NASCAR

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JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK NAMED MEETBALL BRAND AMBASSADOR

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 28, 2015)—MeetBall, a real-time location sharing navigation application, is proud to announce the appointment of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver John Hunter Nemechek as the free mobile app's exclusive NASCAR brand ambassador.

“As a brand ambassador for MeetBall, John Hunter Nemechek will represent the MeetBall brand to a whole new demographic,” MeetBall co-founder Jeff Josephson said. “Being one of the hottest up-and-coming drivers in NASCAR, John Hunter represents the same youthful fire that we possess at MeetBall.”

Driving the No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado for NEMCO Motorsports, Nemechek is in his third year of a limited NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule and is scheduled to enter 18 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events this season. Nemechek will continue 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.

MeetBall enables the race day experience to be more efficient through real-time GPS navigation tools and access to the live social media conversation.

“MeetBall is changing the way people share locations and interact with event communities – like a NASCAR event,” Josephson said. “John Hunter embodies many of these same characteristics as he takes on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with a youthful exuberance and a zest for knowledge. We are excited about what the future holds with this partnership, and wish John Hunter a successful season as our newest brand ambassador.”

Under the agreement, which runs through the 2016 NASCAR season, Nemechek will play a key role in business-to-business partnerships and promotional efforts designed to grow the MeetBall brand.

“It is the coolest app I have seen on the market,” Nemechek said. “In an effort to provide real-time location sharing during race weekends, MeetBall allows me to help locate our fans. We are excited about the future of this partnership which will rewrite the fan experience. No longer will fans be left with static maps, emails, or their own research to navigate the crowd on race day.”

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MeetBall is a free mobile app that lets you privately share your location with friends, helping everyone to seamlessly find their party. Simply decide where you want to meet, share your location with whomever you want to join in your fun and let MeetBall do the rest. Friends will receive invitations individually and will then be able to navigate to you with the built-in compass. Originally created to help sports fans navigate the crowd and quickly locate their friends, MeetBall has become the easiest way to maximize time spent having fun with the people who matter most. Don’t waste any more time with phone calls or texts; let MeetBall help you #FindYourParty.


JH Leaving Room for Another Nashville Guitar

John Hunter Nemechek captured one of the most coveted trophies in short track racing, the Nashville guitar, when he dominated the 30th Annual All American 400 last November.  After that race, the 17-year-old from Mooresville, North Carolina admitted he hadn’t played an instrument since elementary school, but said he would consider learning the guitar.

 

Needless to say, his busy schedule juggling school, work in the NEMCO Motorsports shop, racing Super Late Models and racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series kept him away from taking guitar lessons over the past five months.  But that doesn’t mean that he’s not itching to add another guitar to his wall when he visits Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN) again this Saturday, April 11 for the 100-lap Southern Super Series event.

 

“I’m really happy that we’re going back.  I didn’t think I was going to be able to run Nashville this year,” said Nemechek, who will compete full-time on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series circuit once he turns 18 on June 11.  “We won the All  American 400 there last year and t has been a great race track for us as a team.  We’ve put in a lot of work at the shop and I think we’re going to be strong this weekend.”

 

In addition to his win at the All American 400, Nemechek crossed the finish line first during last year’s Southern Super Series event at the historic Nashville oval before being disqualified in post-race technical inspection for an overlooked part.  Although he considered the All American 400 win to be redemption, he’d still like to capture a Super Late Model win at the track this weekend.

 

“I feel like winning in a Super is going to mean just as much after what happened last year,” Nemechek said.  “I feel like going back with the Southern Super Series and getting that chance to win again there and show that it wasn’t for an overlooked part.  Just to be able to go back there in a Super and win would mean a lot to the team.  The All American 400 was definitely a redemption win, but to go back and win in a Super would mean just as much.”

 

Despite his team’s recent success at Nashville, Nemechek knows that the 5/8-mile Tennessee oval can be tricky.  Because of that, he and his NEMCO Motorsports No. 8 team will be on their toes all weekend long to make sure they’re in a good position for Saturday’s 100-lap feature.

 

“Nashville changes 24-7,” stated Nemechek.   “The race track changes and how the car handles changes, but overall it’s a fun race track.  You just have to stay on top of your game all weekend.  You can’t let frustration or a bad practice session get to you.  You know what you’re going to have for the race and that’s what means more.  It’s the race winner that everyone remembers.”

 

After leading 294 of 300 laps with his Pro Late Model at the All American 400, Nemechek believes his team has a setup for Nashville that will allow them to be fast right off the hauler.  From that point on he’s hoping that the team will be able to focus specifically on the changes needed to get the car fast enough to win the race.

 

“We’ll go back to a pretty close setup from what we had at All American last year,” said Nemechek.  “I feel like transferring it over to the Super and having that good long run car is something that we’d benefit greatly from.  I feel like we have a good setup for Nashville, so we’ll plug that back in and get it pretty much back to where we were in the Spring and Fall last year.”

 

Although Nemechek has yet to have the opportunity to learn how to play his trophy guitar, he still sees it every day hanging up in the NEMCO Motorsports shop.  With an empty space next to it, he has plenty of motivation to go out and win another one this Saturday.

 

“It’s hanging on the wall in a case.  You look at it every day when you walk by and kind of remember what went on.  It’s hanging up for everyone to see and it is definitely motivation.  All of our trophies here are motivation for us to look at and want to put more up on the shelf.”


GEAR TROUBLE SLOWS JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY

NEMECHEK FINISHES 29TH AT MARTINSVILLE

NEMCO Motorsports was within striking distance of a top finishing slot before a bout of bad luck struck at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway this weekend. A broken rear-end gear relegated John Hunter Nemechek and the No. 8 SWM International Inc. Chevrolet Silverado team to a 29th-place finish in the Kroger 250 at the Martinsville Speedway.
Nemechek started Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at the Martinsville Speedway from the 16th position based on the results of the qualifying session earlier that day. Over the opening laps of the extended 250-lap event, the 17-year old driver worked his way up to the 12th position by Lap 30. When the first caution flag waved on Lap 35, crew chief Gere Kennon called Nemechek in for two right-side Goodyear tires and Sunoco Racing fuel, and Nemechek restarted in the fourth position, looking to continue his forward progression. Under the Lap 55 caution, Kennon made the decision to stay out and not pit the Chevrolet Silverado. Once the field went green on Lap 69, the 32-truck field stayed caution-free for over 70 laps, the longest green-flag run in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history at Martinsville Speedway.
Nemechek eventually fell back to the 10th position by Lap 120 reporting “snug” conditions, and the team put together a plan to improve the handling of the NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet. Relief came on Lap 143 when the third caution flag was displayed, and under caution, Nemechek pitted for four fresh tires, two cans of fuel and a tear-off. He restarted seventh and drove his way up into the sixth position by Lap 150. As the event entered its final stages, Nemechek and Kennon felt the Chevrolet Silverado was in good form as they chose not to pit during a caution on Lap 164. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year contender continued to work and made his way into the top five by Lap 173.
Nemechek was battling for the fourth position when, on Lap 174, something broke in the No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado. With no forward drive, he slowed to a standstill at the entrance of the garage in Turn 3 to bring out the sixth caution of the day. A review of the equipment by the team determined that the rear-end gear had broken, and the team did not have enough time to fix it and get back out onto the .526-mile track. Nemechek and the NEMCO Motorsports team finished in the 29th position.

Start - 16         Finish - 29        Laps Led - 0

JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK QUOTE:
“This weekend at Martinsville Speedway, I feel like we unloaded strong. We made good adjustments in practice, and making the personnel change over the off-season has helped week-in and week-out with our Chevrolet Silverado. Also, our communications skills are getting stronger.

“That was my debut of the season, and we did not qualify as well as we wanted to, but we made a charge to the front. I cannot thank our NEMCO Motorsports guys enough for all of their help. I am looking forward to the next event – at Dover International Speedway.”


JH Race Preview: Martinsville Speedway

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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.”