Speedy Cash Joins John Hunter Nemechek for One More Ride at Kansas

"We've consistently made progress in our mile-and-a-half program at Front Row Motorsports. Michael [McDowell] and I both had top-20 finishes at Kansas earlier this year and I know we're both looking forward to having a good run on Sunday. Kansas is a little different in that you can run the top, which is the preferred groove. The straightaways aren't straight and the tri-oval at Kansas gives you a different feeling than a track like Charlotte.
"This will be Speedy Cash's final primary race of the year with us. It's been exciting to be a part of their program at FRM. I'm thankful they were able to step up their support this year and hope we can give them a strong finish on Sunday."

Post-Race Report: Charlotte ROVAL

No. 38 CITGARD Ford Mustang
Started: 19th
Finished: 36th
  • Stage One: 38th
  • Stage Two: 38th
  • Stage Three: 36th
  • John Hunter Nemechek took the green flag in Sunday’s highly anticipated NASCAR Cup Series race at the ROVAL at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the 19th position. With track conditions starting off wet, all drivers were required to use “wet” tires at the beginning of the race. At the Competition Caution, Nemechek said that his No. 38 CITGARD Ford Mustang was lacking front grip and he needed to turn better, but “drive off isn’t bad.” He would stay out under caution but came to pit road on Lap 18 to change to "slick" tires and take fuel under green. On Lap 23, Nemechek would spin and hit the wall in Turn 6, bringing out a caution and damaging the right side of the car. He would finish Stage 1 in 38th place.
  • While on pit road for the crew to work on the right-side damage, Nemechek would have too many pit crew members over the wall under NASCAR’s Damaged Vehicle Policy. He would have to return to pit road, where his No. 38 CITGARD Ford Mustang would be held for a two-lap penalty, ultimately putting him three laps behind the leader. Nemechek soldiered on to take the green- and white-checkered flag to finish Stage 2 in 38th place.
  • Nemechek would continue to persevere throughout Stage 3 in his No. 38 CITGARD Ford Mustang. On Lap 54, he picked up some additional damage in the scuffle following a spin by the No. 11. He would pit a few laps later under green for the crew to work on the car. A tire rub discovered shortly after returning to the track would force him to pit road under green once again on Lap 63. Nemechek would go on to take the checkered flag in 36th place, four laps down.
Nemechek on the Charlotte ROVAL:
  • “The ROVAL was not our friend today, unfortunately. Our No. 38 CITGARD Ford Mustang fired off pretty decent, but the rear end just stepped out on me in the first half of the race and I couldn’t save it. We pitted for damage repair and received a penalty that put us two more laps down and we couldn’t really recover from there. Sometimes mistakes just hurt. Hopefully it was still a good show for the fans. It was great that we were able to have them with us in in person at home. We’ll add what we can to our notebook for next time and get ready for Kansas.”

CITGARD To Give Nemechek a Boost at Charlotte

Nemechek on Charlotte ROVAL:
"I ran the ROVAL at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Xfinity last year and we had a decent result. It’s a unique place so I think we’re going to see some great racing again this weekend. The weather may end up playing a factor, so that will make things interesting. Regardless, I’m looking forward to having a fast car to try and get us to Victory Lane.
"It’s great to see our partners at CITGARD back on our No. 38 Ford Mustang for the ROVAL. We had a decent car at the Daytona Road Course earlier this season, so I’m hoping we can channel our speed into a great result at our hometown track."

Third Top-10 Finish of the Season at Talladega

No. 38 Speedy Cash Ford Mustang
Started: 23rd
Finished: 8th
  • Stage One: 20th
  • Stage Two: 5th
  • Stage Three: 8th
  • For the second week in a row, John Hunter Nemechek drove with Speedy Cash on board his No. 38 Ford Mustang. He took the green flag at Talladega Superspeedway in the 23rd position. With the yellow flag coming three times before the Competition Caution, Nemechek said that his balance wasn’t bad, but he felt like he dragged down the front straightaway, even in the draft. He pitted for 4 tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment before restarting the final 30 laps of Stage 1. Nemechek would go on to take the green- and white-checkered flag in 20th place. The crew made several chassis adjustments under the Stage 1 Caution to try and set him up for a good balance to last the rest of the race.
  • Nemechek would restart the race at the tail end of the field after receiving a penalty for speeding on pit road. He made a strong charge towards the front for much of Stage 2, running in the top 10 and top 15 for several laps. When a big wreck involving several lead cars happened on Lap 108, Nemechek and Spotter Chris Osborne did a great job navigating through the carnage. Nemechek said he slid his tires, but came away without any contact or damage. He pitted after a brief red flag pause for 4 tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment. Nemechek would go on to finish Stage 2 in 5th place, earning him 6 stage points.
  • John Hunter Nemechek would start the day’s Final Stage in the 8th position. When a caution came out on Lap 147, he was mostly happy with the handling on his No. 38 Speedy Cash Ford Mustang. Crew Chief Seth Barbour made the call to pit for 4 tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment and Nemechek would have to restart at the back of the field for an uncontrolled tire penalty during that stop. He managed to make his way back to the front quickly though, running in the top 10 for much of the final 30 laps. As late-race cautions transpired, Nemechek was running as high as 3rd, but after a green-white-checkered attempt brought out one final yellow flag, he was forced to pit for 4 tires and fuel. Restarting towards the back of the pack, Nemechek managed to make his way into the top 10 to tie his personal-best finish of 8th place.

Nemechek Ready for Another Talladega Top-10 with Speedy Cash

Nemechek on Talladega:
"Superspeedways continue to be our best shot at winning as an organization. I'm really excited to go back to Talladega this weekend. We had a really strong run when we were there earlier in the year. We were right up at the front on the last lap and really had a shot at the win, but came home in 8th. I'm confident that my Front Row Motorsports No. 38 team will put together a fast racecar and we'll have another shot at the checkered flag on Sunday.
"Speedy Cash is back with us for the second race in a row this week. We had a fast car with them last weekend, but the results didn't totally reflect that. We definitely want to be able to make up for it when we hit the track this weekend."

Post-Race Report: Las Vegas

No. 38 Speedy Cash Ford Mustang
Started: 25th
Finished: 20th
  • Stage One: 18th
  • Stage Two: 15th
  • Stage Three: 20th
  • Driving the No. 38 Speedy Cash Ford Mustang for the first time in 2020, John Hunter Nemechek took the green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the 25th position. Shortly after the start of the race, Nemechek noted that he “needed more front turn on corner entry” and was complaining of splitter bounce. At the Competition Caution, Crew Chief Seth Barbour made the call for 4 tires and fuel with wedge and packer adjustments. Throughout the rest of Stage 1, Nemechek said his handling got better as the run went on, but he needed to be tightened up. After taking the green- and white-checkered flag in 18th place, Nemechek took 4 tires, fuel and packer and track bar adjustments.
  • As Stage 2 got underway, Nemechek noted that his No. 38 Speedy Cash Ford Mustang was “snug to fire off, center off but not terrible.” On Lap 116, he radioed that he was “a little snug center off running the top... decent in [Turns] 1 and 2.” He would pit under green on Lap 120 for 4 tires and fuel with no other adjustments. Making his way into the top 15 by the end of the Stage, Nemechek said he was “decent on entry; snug over the bumps in [Turn] 1” and “pretty good running the top” in Turns 3 and 4. He would pit at the Stage Break Caution for 4 tires with an air pressure adjustment and fuel.
  • After a swift stop on pit road, Nemechek would take the green flag for the evening’s final stage in 13th place. He made a competitive charge towards the front in the early laps, trying to find the best line to run. When a caution came out on Lap 189 for debris, Nemechek radioed that his No. 38 Speedy Cash Ford Mustang was “starting to get snug center off” as the track was getting into the shade and the sun was setting over Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He pitted under caution for 4 tires with an air pressure adjustment and fuel. After making another strong charge to the front, Nemechek had a tire go down on Lap 249, causing him to spin and bringing out a caution. He would make contact a few laps later trying to avoid a wreck and sustained right rear damage. Nemechek would go on to finish the race in 20th place.
Nemechek on Las Vegas:
  • “Man, that was a heartbreaker. Our No. 38 Speedy Cash Ford Mustang was on the free side to fire off and we were bouncing on the splitter pretty bad. Seth [Barbour] and the crew did a fantastic job on pit road getting the handling to where we were comfortable, and we fought our way up into the top 5. Unfortunately, we had a tire go down towards the end of the final stage and then made contact a few laps later trying to avoid a wreck. Definitely not the finish my guys deserved today. We have Speedy Cash back with us again next week, so hopefully we can be ‘speedy fast’ again at Talladega.”

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.”