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John Hunter Nemechek (born June 11, 1997) is an American professional stock car racing driver. Son of NASCAR competitor Joe Nemechek, he was the 2012 champion in the Allison Legacy Series. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 23 Chevrolet Camaro for GMS Racing and part-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado for NEMCO Motorsports. He is a member of Drivers Edge Development.

John Hunter Nemechek
John Hunter Nemechek being interviewed 1 (2015).jpg
Nemechek in 2015
Born (1997-06-11) June 11, 1997 (age 22)
Mooresville, North Carolina
Achievements2012 Allison Legacy Series Champion
2014 All American 400 winner
2014 Snowball Derby winner
2014, 2015, 2016 SpeedFest Winner
Awards2015 Camping World Truck Series Most Popular Driver
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
44 races run over 2 years
Car no., teamNo. 23 (GMS Racing)
2018 position13th
Best finish13th (2018)
First race2018 Rinnai 250 (Atlanta)
Last race2019 Rhino Pro Truck Outfitters 300 (Las Vegas)
First win2018 Kansas Lottery 300 (Kansas)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 24 1
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
96 races run over 7 years
Truck no., teamNo. 8 (NEMCO Motorsports)
2018 position90th
Best finish8th (2016, 2017)
First race2013 Kroger 200 (Martinsville)
Last race2019 World of Westgate 200 (Las Vegas)
First win2015 American Ethanol E15 225 (Chicago)
Last win2018 Alpha Energy Solutions 250 (Martinsville)
Wins Top tens Poles
6 48 2
Statistics current as of September 14, 2019.

Early lifeEdit

 
A young Nemechek in the pits at Infineon Raceway in 2005

Born June 11, 1997, Nemechek is a native of Mooresville, North Carolina;[1] he was named after his uncle, John Nemechek, who had been killed in a racing accident earlier that year in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Homestead-Miami Speedway.[2] He was a student at the Davidson Day School in Davidson, North Carolina.[3] Nemechek was born the oldest of three full siblings. Nemechek also has one older half-brother.

Nemechek was the subject of a children's book on racing, Racin' Buddies, written by his father in 2001.[4]

Racing careerEdit

 
Nemechek's 2013 K&N Pro Series car

Nemechek began his racing career at the age of 5, competing in go-karts, quarter midget cars and in dirt bike competition.[3] He moved up to stock car competition in 2010, competing in the Allison Legacy Series with sponsorship from England Stove Works.[3][5]

In 2012, Nemechek moved up to late model and super late model competition,[6] competing in the Champion Racing Association Super Series and American Speed Association Midwest Tour; he also competed in the World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna Speedway during Speedweeks.[7] Nemechek won praise from Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch following a CRA Super Series race in which both drivers competed.[7]

In June 2012, Nemechek won the pole for the Howie Lettow Memorial 150, an ASA Midwest Tour event, at the Milwaukee Mile; he was scheduled to take a driver's education course the following week as he had just passed his fifteenth birthday.[8] He finished 23rd in the event.[9]

After competing in the 2012 Snowball Derby,[10] starting second and finishing tenth, Nemechek won the 2012 Allison Legacy Series championship, winning 15 of the season's 18 races.[11][12]

In 2013, Nemechek moved to competing in the Southern Super Series as well as in selected races in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East,[12] starting with the UNOH Battle at the Beach at Daytona International Speedway in February.[13] In late 2013, he made his debut in the Camping World Truck Series, driving the No. 22 Toyota for SWM-NEMCO Racing.[14] He competed in two events, with a best finish of 16th.[15]

In January 2014, Nemechek announced he would be competing in ten Camping World Truck Series events during the 2014 season.[15] After the season ended, he won the 300-lap Snowball Derby.[16]

On September 19, 2015, 16 years to the day, Joe Nemechek won his first Cup race, John Hunter Nemechek won his first Truck Series race at Chicagoland. On November 29, Nemechek has voted the Most Popular Driver for the 2015 season in the Truck Series.

 
Nemechek's truck in 2015

In 2016, Nemechek won at Atlanta. At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park during the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 250, Nemechek and Cole Custer were battling for the lead when Nemechek bumped Custer which led to Nemechek losing control and intentionally sending both Custer and himself off-road, pinning Custer to the wall. Before the winner was declared, Nemechek was tackled by Custer; Nemechek would be named the winner.[17]

In 2017, Nemechek won back-to-back races at Gateway and Iowa. Nemechek missed the Championship Four after finishing 2nd at Phoenix.

For the 2018 season, Nemechek joined Chip Ganassi Racing to drive the No. 42 NASCAR Xfinity Series car on a part-time basis. He also would continue to run select Camping World Truck Series races for his father's team NEMCO Motorsports. He would win at Martinsville in March. He suffered heartbreaking losses at Chicago and Bristol, after running out of fuel on the final lap in Chicago, handing the win to Brett Moffitt, and suffered fuel pickup issues with 5 laps remaining and a 2-second lead in Bristol, allowing Johnny Sauter to take the lead and eventual win. Nemechek would go on to finish 7th and 3rd in those races, respectively.[18] In his Xfinity Series debut, Nemechek finished an impressive 4th-place finish at Atlanta, though he was involved in an early race wreck involving Elliott Sadler and Cole Custer resulting in Custer's car wrecking. Nemechek followed up the 4th-place run with a 29th-place finish at Auto Club after a tire failure ruined his chances of a good run. His next Xfinity Series races were the four Dash 4 Cash races, where he had one top ten finish at Talladega. On October 20, 2018, after dominating the race and winning stage 2, Nemechek won his first career Xfinity race at Kansas Speedway in the 2018 Kansas Lottery 300.

In 2019, Nemechek signed with GMS Racing for the full Xfinity schedule in the No. 23 Chevrolet.[19]

Motorsports career resultsEdit

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings. * – Most laps led.)

Xfinity SeriesEdit

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts Ref
2018 Chip Ganassi Racing 42 Chevy DAY ATL
4
LVS PHO CAL
29
TEX BRI
13
RCH
13
TAL
7
DOV
14
CLT POC
7
MCH
13
IOW
15
CHI DAY KEN
7
NHA
4
IOW
5
GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR IND
25
LVS RCH CLT DOV
9
KAN
1
TEX
4
PHO
9
HOM
3
13th 643 [20]
2019 GMS Racing 23 DAY
8
ATL
20
LVS
2
PHO
9
CAL
28
TEX
9
BRI
5
RCH
7
TAL
6
DOV
8
CLT
12
POC
12
MCH
8
IOW
8
CHI
11
DAY
22
KEN
12
NHA
36
IOW
3
GLN
12
MOH
31
BRI
3
ROA
26
DAR
21
IND
31
LVS
8
RCH
CLT DOV KAN TEX PHO HOM -* -* [21]

Gander Outdoors Truck SeriesEdit

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NGOTC Pts Ref
2013 SWM-NEMCO Motorsports 22 Toyota DAY MAR CAR KAN CLT DOV TEX KEN IOW ELD POC MCH BRI MSP IOW CHI LVS TAL MAR
19
TEX PHO
21
HOM 45th 51 [22]
2014 8 DAY MAR
12
KAN CLT DOV
6
TEX GTW
15
KEN IOW
10
ELD
6
POC MCH BRI
27
MSP
25
CHI NHA
5
LVS TAL MAR
13
TEX PHO
7
HOM 23rd 337 [23]
2015 Chevy DAY ATL MAR
29
KAN CLT DOV
22
TEX GTW
4
IOW
23
KEN
11
ELD
7
POC
13
MCH
12
BRI
3
MSP
9
CHI
1
NHA
5
LVS
4
TAL
11
MAR
2
TEX
11
PHO
2
HOM
2
12th 630 [24]
2016 NEMCO Motorsports DAY
17
ATL
1
MAR
2
KAN
28
DOV
15
CLT
12
TEX
7
IOW
12
GTW
6
KEN
2
ELD
24
POC
9
BRI
8
MCH
26
MSP
1
CHI
14
NHA
9
LVS
16
TAL
32
MAR
3
TEX
18
PHO
6
HOM
11
8th 2133 [25]
2017 DAY
4
ATL
29
MAR
28
KAN
3
CLT
22
DOV
22
TEX
21
GTW
1
IOW
1
KEN
18
ELD
5
POC
4
MCH
29
BRI
3
MSP
20
CHI
7
NHA
20
LVS
8
TAL
6
MAR
30
TEX
19
PHO
2
HOM
15
8th 2206 [26]
2018 DAY
25
ATL LVS
21
MAR
1
DOV KAN
4
CLT
9
TEX IOW
27
GTW
25
CHI
7*
KEN
5
ELD
7
POC MCH
3
BRI
3*
MSP
2
LVS
22
TAL
27
MAR
30
TEX PHO
29
HOM
7
90th 01 [27]
2019 DAY ATL LVS MAR TEX DOV KAN CLT TEX IOW GTW CHI KEN POC ELD MCH BRI
29
MSP LVS
32
TAL MAR PHO HOM -* 01* [28]

K&N Pro Series EastEdit

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 NKNPSEC Pts Ref
2013 Spraker Racing 37 Chevy BRI GRE PEN
12
48th 46 [29]
SWM-NEMCO Motorsports 8 Chevy RCH
30
BGS IOW LGY COL IOW VIR GRE NHA DOV RAL
2014 Toyota NSM DAY BRI GRE RCH IOW BGS FFL LGY NHA COL IOW GLN
25
VIR GRE DOV 65th 19 [30]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ReferencesEdit

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  8. ^ Lada, Jen (June 15, 2012). "14-year-old turning heads at the Milwaukee Mile". Milwaukee: WITI. Retrieved 2012-09-05.
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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tyler Hill
Allison Legacy Series Champion
2012
Succeeded by
Justin Laduke
Preceded by
Erik Jones
Snowball Derby Winner
2014
Succeeded by
Chase Elliott