John Hunter Nemecheck Scores Third Top-Six Finish of 2014
at Bristol Motor Speedway
17-Year Old Continues to Impress in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Track Debuts
17-year old John Hunter Nemechek raced to a sixth-place finish in the rain-delayed UNOH 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Thursday. The event, which was schedule to run Wednesday evening, was rescheduled for 10:00am Thursday after heavy rains blanketed the track following driver introductions.
Under clear skies Thursday morning, Nemechek rolled his No. 8 SWM-NEMCO Tundra off the grid in the 13th position and was on the move from the drop of the green, gaining two spots before the first caution flew at lap 15.
Reporting that the truck was “pretty good, just a little on the tight side,” Nemechek restarted in the 11th position when the field went back to green at lap 23.
Continuing his progression forward, Nemechek raced his way into the top-10 by lap 50 and was posted ninth when caution flew at lap 51. He would pit at lap 53 for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment and with a flawless stop by the SWM-NEMCO crew, Nemechek returned to the track in the ninth position.
With few cautions, the laps clicked off quickly and by the halfway point, Nemechek had made his way into the eighth position. Concentrating on preferred lines and opportunities to pass, the young driver was quiet on the radio, but making his presence known on track.
The next opportunity to pit came under caution at lap 111 and based on radio feedback from his driver that the truck was “freeing up and coming to him,” crew chief Jerry Babb made the call for four tires and fuel…no adjustments.
With the field tightened up and back under green at lap 118, Nemechek spent the next 10 laps calculating a pass for the next position, and at lap 128, had taken over the seventh position from the No. 00 of fellow teen driver, Cole Custer.
With 50 to go, Nemechek mounted a challenge for the next spot and gave the fans a familiar show racing side by side with last year’s series champion, Matt Crafton. Earlier in the season the two put on quite a show while racing for the lead at Gateway Motorsports Park. This time, Crafton would eventually take secure the position on the .533-mile bull ring, but with attrition claiming one front runner, Nemechek would take over another spot in the closing laps to grab his third sixth-place finish in six starts this season.
“It was a lot of fun today,” said a smiling Nemechek in his post-race interview. “We had a really great truck today that just seemed to get better as it went on. Dad and I were talking quite a bit on the radio about what I needed to do and different lines and everything else and I just can’t thank these guys enough for the truck they put together. This place is a blast.”
The younger Nemechek is sharing the NASCAR Camping World Truck Season in the No. 8 SWM-NEMCO Motorsports Tundra with his father and NASCAR Veteran, Joe Nemechek. With 13 starts between them they have finished no worse than 15th this season. Joe leads the finish category with a high of third and John Hunter is credited with three sixth-place finishes.
Next up on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule is on the 2.459-mile road course at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park near Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. John Hunter will take the wheel for the SWM-NEMCO effort in his seventh start of the season. The race will air live on Fox Sports 1 at 1:30pm on Sunday, August 31.
Nemechek Equals Season-Best Sixth
at Eldora Speedway
JHN Comes From 18th to Capture Another Top-10 Finish on Dirt
John Hunter Nemechek has seen a lot of firsts in his young NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career and his first time on dirt proved to be just as successful as previous track debuts. Nemechek came from the 18th starting position to capture his third top-10 in five starts with a sixth-place run in the Mud Summer Classic at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH on Wednesday night, July 23.
It was a full day of track activity
with two practice sessions,
qualifying time trials and then
qualifying races before the main
event. Nemechek posted the
18th-fastest qualifying effort
putting him in the third qualifying
race. Finishing fourth, Nemechek
was locked into the feature and
rolled off in the 18th position in
his No. 8 MD Anderson Cancer
From the drop of the green, Nemechek was on the move and settled into a top-15 position, practicing patience while finding the groove that would work best for passing. As the laps ticked off in the first 60-lap segment, Nemechek ran consistent lap times picking up a position at a time and making his way into 11th by the end of the first segment.
Reporting that his Tundra was a tick snug in the center, while jumping out when back in the gas, the crew planned for four tires and an air pressure adjustment during the break. Returning to the track as they came in, Nemechek would start the 50-lap segment from the 11th position.
Back under green at lap 62, Nemechek found his Tundra even more to his liking and reached the top 10 within one lap. By lap 87, the 17-year old had raced his way into the sixth position where he and several others jockeyed positions throughout the second segment while putting on a great show for the fans.
All of the top 15 trucks opted to stay on track during the second break creating a level playing field for the final showdown. Back underway for the final 40 laps, Nemechek remained strong and reached as high as fourth on the track during close battles. He would come away equaling his best previous finish of sixth that came at Dover International Speedway in May.
"This was fun tonight," Nemechek said with a grin following the event. "This is a totally different and unique race track and nothing I learned testing on dirt could be applied here with the exception of sliding around. So, that all kind of went out the window. But it was really cool to race on dirt - my first time ever. It was so hard to pass tonight - you had to be so much better than the other guy in order to pass them. It was definitely a fun race and to come from 18th to sixth is pretty cool. Hopefully we come back next year and hopefully we can be a little bit better."
Following Wednesday night's event, Nemechek made the trip to Indianapolis where he will compete in the ARCA CRA Super Series Late Model race at Lucas Oil Raceway on Friday, July 25.
Next up for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is the Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway where Joe Nemechek will take the wheel of the No. 8 Tundra for his sixth event of the season. The senior Nemechek's top finish of the season came with a third-place run at Texas Motor Speedway in June. Fox Sports 1 will televise the event at Pocono live beginning at 1:00pm EDT with MRN and SiriusXM Radio Channel 90 carrying the live radio broadcast.
John Hunter Nemechek will return to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series action at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 20. Prior to that, he will compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races at Watkins Glen International and Virginia International Raceway on August 8 and 16, respectively.
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