John Hunter Nemechek to enter 10 races in 2014
January 13, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
The 16-year-old will make his first Truck Series start of 2014 at Martinsville on March 29
John Hunter Nemechek, the 16-year-old son of veteran NASCAR racer Joe Nemechek, will compete in 10 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events in 2014 with SWM-NEMCO Motorsports, the team announced Monday.
The 10-race slate consists of all the tracks the second-generation driver can compete on under NASCAR's age requirements, a mix of short tracks and 1-mile ovals coupled with a road course and a dirt track. The first will be at Martinsville Speedway on March 29.
"Our goals for the year are to finish top-10 in each race," said John Hunter Nemechek. "I know it's going to be tough racing against all the veterans that we'll compete with each race, but I think we'll have the team to do it. It's all about getting as much experience as I can while continuing to move up into the bigger cars."
Nemechek started his foray into the Truck Series with a pair of starts near the end of the 2013 season. The former Allison Legacy Series champion and super late model standout finished 16th in his Truck Series debut in October at Martinsville, followed by a 21st-place result at Phoenix International Raceway in November.
John Hunter Nemechek was born just shy of three months after the untimely death of his uncle and namesake, John Nemechek, who lost his life in a Truck Series crash at Homestead-Miami Speedway in March of 1997. He will carry the family’s No. 8 in 2014.
"It will be really special being able to run the No. 8 in the Truck Series, as well," the younger Nemechek said. "That was the number my uncle John drove before we lost him a few years ago. It will mean a lot to my family and myself to be able to take the number with us as we take the next step in my career."
Joe Nemechek will play an integral role in his son's 10-race schedule in 2014. An announcement regarding the team's crew chief will be made in the coming weeks. John Hunter Nemechek will race at Martinsville on March 29 and October 25, Dover on May 30, Gateway on June 14, Iowa on July 11, Eldora on July 23, Bristol on August 20, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on August 31, New Hampshire on September 20, and Phoenix on November 7.
"One of the races I'm really looking forward to is Eldora," added the younger Nemechek. "That will be a lot of fun. I'm also looking forward to the road course race up in Canada. I love road course racing as much as I enjoy oval racing. Even though I'm not old enough to compete on the speedways or superspeedways, these 10 races are at a really fun mix of tracks. I can't wait to compete with the veterans of the series and give it my all to run up front with the best of them."