Nemecheks to share Truck Series ride
February 04, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
The father-son duo of Joe Nemechek and John Hunter Nemechek will tag team a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ride for the 2014 season, SWM-NEMCO Motorsports announced on Monday.
Both will share the No. 8 truck, with John Hunter running in all 10 races at tracks that NASCAR allows 16-year-old drivers to run at. Joe Nemechek will race in the other 12.
"We all have our bucket lists and racing the truck for a win is on mine," Joe Nemechek said in a team release. "Trucks are a lot of fun with the high down force and less horsepower. And what better way to make a run for it than with the excitement of sharing the season with my son, and giving him the best possibility to run well."
The younger Nemechek is eager to get started.
"There is one exciting season ahead for us here in 2014 and I am so appreciative of the opportunities that are just ahead," he said. "This year’s motto for every race is 'In it to win it.'"
The 16-year-old Nemechek, who made his NCWTS debut last season at Martinsville with a 16th-place finish, will make his season debut at Martinsville Speedway on March 29. As previously announced, he will also race at 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, Martinsville on October 25 and Phoenix on November 7. The elder Nemechek will handle the rest of the slate.
Joe Nemechek, a veteran of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series circuits has raced in seven Truck Series events in his career, posting one top-five finish in his career, a runner-up effort at Watkins Glen in 1996.
The primary sponsor of the ride will be the Pelletgrillusa.com, with the team working on other sponsorship partners, according to the release.
It was announced last week that Joe Nemechek will also drive the No. 66 Toyota Camry in the Sprint Cup Series as part of a deal that Jay Robinson Racing struck with Michael Waltrip Racing.