Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Nemecheks To Share Truck Series Ride

Joe Nemechek will share a ride in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season with his 16-year-old son, John Hunter.

The No. 8 truck owned by SWM-NEMCO Racing will run the entire championship schedule, with John Hunter Nemechek running only at the 10 tracks where drivers under the age of 18 are allowed to compete. Papa Joe will compete in the remaining 12 races at ovals larger than a mile, beginning with the season opener at Daytona International Speedway later this month.

NEMCO Motorsports was founded in 1990, fielding cars for Joe Nemechek's NASCAR Busch Series program. John Hunter joined the team last season and ran two races, with a best finish of 16th at Martinsville.

Joe Nemechek has more than 1,000 starts in NASCAR's three national series. He has made only seven career starts in the Truck Series, however, and has not raced a truck since 2006.


  1. Michael in SoCal2:50 PM

    Curious what Joe's plans are regarding his Cup and Nationwide teams. I'd imagine he'd run as much as he can, especially in Cup, because that's where the money is. That's gotta be a pretty cool deal for Front Row Joe to help out his son's racing career and keep his going. Even though Nemco is a small fish in a big pond, seeing him out there is a win for the little guys.

  2. Anonymous3:26 PM

    By the looks of it, Joe's plans are to keep the truck in the top 25 in points.
    I just find this whole situation weird, Father and son sharing a truck? NASCAR is supposed to be the best racers in the world, after two years of trying, the kid just won his first late model race a couple of weekends ago...this sport really is grasping at straws now.

    1. Would you do it for YOUR son if you could? I certainly would. The good news is that if you don't like the way Joe runs his team, you can pony up a few hundred thousand dollars and start your own!

    2. Anonymous6:22 PM

      so, it took him 2yrs to win a late model race.so what? Jimmie Johnson had 1 Busch Series win, and now 6 Cup Championships. Some drivers are just better at different levels. Jimmie not so good at NNS, but does alright (sarcasm) at the cup level. point is, maybe late model just isn't his thing, maybe it NNS. lets just enjoy the races, and find out.

      Jeff P in Ontario

  3. Anonymous3:57 PM

    That's your argument Dave? He's doing right by his son? That's weak, this sport is rapidly losing all it's credibility and integrity.

    1. Says the guy who posts snarky comments about people anonymously on the internet. Really?

    2. Michael in SoCal11:18 AM

      Anonymous comments are the bane of the internet.

      And I don't have a google account, so I login with my name.

  4. I'd like to know who anonymous would put in the truck? Need $$$ to get a ride. Ask Paul Menard. There's a lot of talent out there that will never get a shot anymore. That's just the business and has nothing to do with Joe and bringing his son on.

  5. Anonymous4:31 PM

    I would put Jeb Burton, Daniel Hemric, Ross Chastain, Justin Lofton, Kyle Benjamin, Ryan Preece, Brett Moffitt, Johnny Van Doorne, Brennan Poole, Corey Lajoie, Ronnie Bassett, in the truck, all proven winners.
    @ Rich: And am I to believe from your remarks that young Nemechek is brining money with him???
    I don't have a google account or any of those other things listed to log in, otherwise I would. so I have to chose anonymously, sorry.

    1. If you were Joe Nemechek and wanted to give your son an opportunity in racing, you'd put Daniel Hemric in your truck? I doubt that. You'd let your son race, just like Joe is. And posting anonymously is not your only choice. You can sign your real name at the bottom of any post, just like this...

      DAVE MOODY ;)

  6. He is bringing $$$, his dads..I think your argument is meant for another discussion. Why can't we get talented drivers into the sport without the $$$ to back it. Support your local tracks as much as you can take friends, kids grandkids, and anyone you can get to the track...maybe guys like you mentioned will start having the resourses to do it on their own again.

  7. Anonymous7:57 AM

    Why would you not put Daniel Hemric in your truck?
    1. Obviously Eddie Sharp saw something in him, he put him in a truck last season. 2. He has the backing of Jack Links, which has adourned the truck and his late model efforts.
    3. He has won in everything he has ever raced in (legends, late model, modified).

    @Rich that is the problem, nobody (especially the media) wants to tackle the issue of bringin money to the sport. It is so much easier for them to cut and paste press releases and ride the coat tails of these rich kids. (Don't bite the hand that feeds you!)

    I attend short track racing every weekend I can, I even spend a fair amount of my retirement on buying tires for a couple of good racers when I can.

    Just a question Dave, how did you determine who you we're putting in your SLM every week?

    and sorry, it never dawned on me to sign my posts ( old age catching up to me I guess)

    D. White