Young Nemechek To Try Hand In Trucks
MOORESVILLE, N.C. – John Hunter Nemechek, son of NASCAR veteran Joe Nemechek, will attempt to make his first NASCAR touring series start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Oct. 26 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
Having turned 16 this past June, Nemechek is now “street legal” for certain short tracks in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Nemechek first started racing stock cars in 2010 at 13 years old in the Allison Legacy Series. In 2012 he won 10 out of 18 poles and won the Allison Legacy Series championship, winning a record 15 of the season’s 18 races.
“Racing is definitely a way of life for our family,” said Nemechek. “I have been lucky to be surrounded by people with the talent and passion to make this first truck series start happen in NASCAR for me at my age.”
Nemechek has been exposed to the family business since birth. Before stock cars, John Hunter was racing go-karts, quarter midget cars and dirt bikes starting at 4 years old. No stranger to the unique world of racing, his father, Joe Nemechek, a 37-year veteran of racing, and his uncle for whom he is named, John Nemechek, raced for 15 years. Even his mother and grandparents are often in the pits or recording lap times keeping this family strong and united.
“It’s fair to say racing is in our blood. John Hunter is definitely a natural behind the wheel and he sure makes our family proud that he is heading in a successful direction to carry on a true family tradition,” said Joe Nemechek, a four-time winner in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series. “And he is not too bad for a teen driver either.”
The younger Nemechek will be driving the No. 22 truck for SWM-NEMCO Racing, a newly formed race team owned by Sid Mauldin.
“We are excited to be working with Joe Nemechek and have our first truck driven by John Hunter,” said Mauldin, who is also the owner of SWM Int’l. “John Hunter is making a name for himself everywhere that he puts the tires on the track and we are so proud to be a founding partner as he keeps moving up to the next level.”
The No. 22 truck will debut sporting sponsors SWM Int’l, Wood Pellet Grills and D.A.B. Constructors.