BY KEITH WALTZ
John Hunter Nemechek, the 23-year-old son of longtime time NASCAR racer Joe Nemechek, made a bold career decision in the offseason.
After turning heads during his rookie NASCAR Cup Series campaign, Nemechek walked away from a full-time ride with Front Row Motorsports to chase the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title in the No. 4 Toyota Tundra fielded by Kyle Busch Motorsports.
“Kyle and Samantha (Busch), with the support of Toyota, have built an organization that has won races and championships on a consistent basis and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to carry on the winning tradition by getting back to Victory Lane in the Camping World Truck Series,” Nemechek said when announcing the move.
Born June 11, 1997, in Mooresville, North Carolina, Nemechek literally grew up at the race track. He began racing quarter midgets at age 5 and eventually transitioned to motocross competition.
Nemechek gave a preview of things to come in 2012 when he captured the Allison Legacy Series championship, and two years later he was one of the nation’s top late model racers, winning the All-American 400 and the Snowball Derby.
He made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at age 16 and recorded his first of six series victories on Sept. 19, 2015, at Chicagoland Speedway. Nemechek scored his lone NASCAR Xfinity Series win on Oct. 20, 2018, at Kansas Speedway.
Last year in the NASCAR Cup Series, the second-generation racer posted three top-10 finishes in 36 starts and ended up 27th in points aboard the No. 38 Ford for Front Row Motorsports.
Nemechek has made 194 total starts across NASCAR’s three national series.