John Hunter Nemechek Reflects On 2018

John Hunter Nemechek has undoubtedly had an interesting year.

The 21-year-old has stayed busy despite not having a full-time ride in any of NASCAR’s top-three series, running 13 races in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and, making his first 13 starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

“I feel like it’s gone well. We’ve shown speed each and every week, I feel like our team, and our cars are fast each and every week,” Nemechek told POPULAR SPEED. “There’s been some learning curves definitely on my end, as well as on the team’s end. We’ve been in contention to win races. We just haven’t pulled one out yet. We keep getting closer each and every week we’re at the race track. I look to forward to gaining more experience and hopefully climbing the ladder.”

The inconsistency in rides hasn’t affected his performance though, winning at Martinsville and finishing third or better in his last three races in the NEMCO Motorsports truck, while collecting three top-five’s and six top-10’s with Chip Ganassi Racing in XFINITY.

“I’m still able to run almost every week and turn laps and gain experience and anytime you can be on the race track, you are learning something for sure, and that’s what I really like as a driver,” Nemechek said. “If I could run double or triple duty every weekend, I would. The more races, the better in my opinion. It’s definitely been a challenge at certain race tracks like my first time running double duty, but at the same time, it definitely helps out.”

With the arrival of the playoffs, and despite is ineligible to compete for either of the driver championships, that doesn’t necessarily mean he isn’t focusing on winning a title, or two.

“We’re wanting to win owner’s championships in both the XFINITY and the Truck Series,” Nemechek said. “I think that we have a shot at doing that. I’m looking forward to running those races in the playoffs in the XFINITY car and the truck and, just trying to make the best out of every start.”

As far as 2019 is concerned, when about asked if there was anything he could comment on his plans for the next season, Nemechek had this to say;

“As of right now, no. We’re working hard trying to get things done but, looking forward to the future and what it holds for myself and our teams.”


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By Mitchell Breuer

Mitchell Breuer, is a 22-year-old Minnesota native who is currently attending Winona State University to obtain a degree in Mass Communications-Journalism. In addition to POPULAR SPEED, Mitchell is currently the sports editor at WSU's student paper, The Winonan.