Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Nemechek Poised For Pensacola Double

Second-generation driver John Hunter Nemechek and more than 60 other drivers are heading to Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla. This weekend for the 47th running of the Snowball Derby, in the hopes of adding this coveted milestone to their resumes. 

With four wins in his Pro Late Model Series Chevy this season, the 17-year old Nemechek looks to add Saturday's Snowflake 100 to his total. His crowning achievement, however, would be to win Sunday's 300-lap Snowball Derby Super Late Model Series event. 

"Our main focus is to win," Nemechek said. "We don't go to run second, so we're going down there full force and giving it our best to take both wins home. There are a lot of veterans out there who have run it (Snowball Derby) for more years than I have, so they have more experience running the race than I do, but it's all about how fast you go, how well you manage your tires, and how you get to the end and survive. It's all a patience game throughout the race." 

Nemechek, who started racing in quarter midgets at age five, has made a steady progression and has had much success along the way including winning 15 of 18 races en route to the Allison Legacy Touring Series Championship in 2013. Competing in his NEMCO Motorsports late model is a by-design initiative that has been fundamental in his development. Competing in his second Snowflake and third Snowball event, he will rely on the benefit of his previous experience there as well as the momentum from his most recent win in the All-American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (Tenn.) on November 1. 

"Every win is a special win and we've been very deliberate about the races we've run and the effort we put behind our program," Nemechek commented. "Winning the All-American 400 was definitely on our hit list but looking at this weekend's opportunity - it's definitely at the top of the list. I mean all the history that has gone down there, getting your name in the record books with Darrell Waltrip and all those guys who have raced down there and won the race, it would denitely mean a lot to me." 

Nemechek's previous results at Five Flags include a second-place finish in last year's Snowflake as well as a 10th and fifth-place finish in the Snowball in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Other Pro Late Model Series wins for Nemechek this season include Watermelon Capital Speedway (Cordele, Ga.) on January 26, Milwaukee (Wis.) Mile on June 8 and Lucas Oil Raceway (Indianapolis, Ind.) on September 28. 

Nemechek also competed on a limited-schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, where in just 10 starts, he earned an impressive six top-10 finishes including a fifth-place run at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Plans for 2015 include a similar late model program as well as returning to his No. 8 SWM-NEMCO Motorsports entry in truck series action. At age 17, Nemechek is restricted to running on tracks 1.25-miles or less and the road course. After turning 18 on June 11, he will finish out the remainder of the Truck Series schedule beginning with Kentucky Speedway on July 9, 2015.

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