Nemechek has a Tough Night at the Rattler 250
Accident Spoils a Strong Run at South Alabama Speedway
John Hunter Nemechek was hoping for another strong run in the 38th Annual Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway in Opp, Alabama. But he was caught up in an accident on lap 119 that ended his night with a 21st place finish.
“Someone once told me that you must finish in order to finish first. That is something we didn’t do on Saturday night,” Nemechek said after the race. “We got caught up in the wreck between Bubba Pollard and Ross Kenseth. The damage was too severe for us to continue in the race.”
Nemechek started 10th and was working his way to the front until he spun on lap 116.
“I spun because there was oil on the track and fell back to 16th,” Nemechek recalled. “When Pollard and Kenseth got in their accident, everyone hit the brakes and I had nowhere to go, and that was it for us.”
The son of NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Joe Nemechek was hoping for a better starting spot but was used to working his way up to the front.
“It is a lot more fun passing cars and being able to do it. I have always liked the challenge,” Nemechek said. “Back when I ran in the Allison Legacy Series, my dad asked the Series Director to have me start in the back of the field. It made it more fun for me and it was a great learning experience.”
Nemechek’s next Super Late Model race will be on Saturday, April 5th when the Southern Super Series heads to the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. Nemechek is eager to get into victory lane at the historic track.
“We haven’t been able to finish the deal there. We always had some kind of trouble either be an accident or a part going bad on us,” Nemechek said. “The Fairgrounds has a lot of history with some famous drivers on their list of winners. It would be cool to get my name in their history books.”
First up for Nemechek will be his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event of the 2014 season, which comes on Saturday, March 29. Stay tuned to JohnHunterNemechek.com for more on this event.