JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK SCORES TOP-10 IN IOWA; GEARS UP FOR DEBUT ON DIRT AT ELDORA
17-Year-Old Continues to Gain Valuable NCWTS Experience
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver,John Hunter Nemechek, continued to show a steady progression in his fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start of the season with a tenth-place run at Iowa Speedway on Friday night. In his three previous starts this season, he’s fared best at tracks where he has raced for the first time. His career-high sixth-place finish at Dover and 53 laps led en route to a top-15 at Gateway are among the highlights of the season for the former Allison Legacy Series standout.
At just 17 years old, Nemechek is restricted to running the 10 Truck Series races at tracks 1.25-miles in length and under, complying with the guidelines of NASCAR’s age policy. This fits within the youngster’s wheelhouse, however, as he’s cut his racing teeth on Allison Legacy Series and CRA Late Model short tracks across the south east.
Friday night’s American Ethanol 200 got underway under threatening skies following several hours of rain which canceled one of two practice sessions earlier in the day.
Starting from the 14th position, Nemechek quickly gained several positions making his way into the top 10 before the 25-lap mark. In a race with few cautions, however, the opportunities to pass were few and far between and as the night wore on, it would clearly become a race for track position and those who had it kept it.
“We had a good truck, we just didn’t have a great truck tonight and I think we really missed having that second practice session,” Nemechek said. “We just chased the set up from the start but I think by the end of the night we got some things figured out that will help going forward.”
The lessons learned in Iowa may have to wait for two races from now for the 17-year old Nemechek as his next race will be on the dirt track at Eldora Speedway for the “Mudsummer Classic” on Wednesday, July 23. Having only raced a moto cross bike on dirt previously, Nemechek is gearing up for an “anything goes” type of night.
“We took a truck to a local dirt track just so I could get a feel for it and I really had fun with it,” Nemechek said. “I could have stayed out there all day to be honest. I just know from watching last year’s race, it’s going to be tough to pass and everyone wants the same piece of real estate so it’s going to be a fun track to race. Hopefully we’ll put on a good show and come out with a good finish.”
The Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway gets underway Wednesday, July 23 at 9:00pm EDT and will be televised live on Fox Sports 1. MRN and SiriusXM Channel 90 will carry the live radio broadcast.
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