John Hunter Nemechek is on fire to start his tenure at Kyle Busch Motorsports. The 24-year-old has won four races in truck No. 4, and he’s a force to be reckoned with every week. Now, the younger Nemechek has his eyes set on the prize: the Camping World Truck Series championship trophy.
BY JOSEPH WOLKIN, @JoeWolkin
“It’s been a good start for myself and the KBM organization. I feel like this experience is a really good one, being able to be in top-tier equipment with all of the resources behind you, from sponsorship to Toyota, Kyle and everyone involved. We’re trying our hardest to go and win, and I think that has definitely shown so far with myself, Kyle and Martin Truex Jr. winning for KBM this year.”
“It’s pretty neat knowing that Kyle believes in me. To have the opportunity to come back to the Truck Series and race for Kyle is just an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. To have him as an advisor, mentor, friend and a boss, I feel like it’s truly a winning combination. I can go to him to ask questions and I know he’s going to give me the straight answer because he wants his team to win. It’s a lot of fun to race against him as well.”
“That’s a really tough question. I’ve been racing around Kyle since I was 13 or 14 years old, racing late models around the country and then in the Truck Series, Xfinity Series and Cup Series. Anytime you’re racing around him, you’re always learning little tips, tricks and things he may do to get the most out of the truck that day to help better his finish. It was the same deal on the Cup side not only from Kyle, but everyone on the Cup side. That experience is invaluable. When those guys come back to the Truck Series, it catches your eye with how they make speed in the vehicle that they’re in.”
“I want to say it was easy, but it wasn’t. It was a hard decision and I didn’t know where I stood, whether I’d go back to Front Row or not. It had taken a bit of a mental toll on me, knowing you’re going to show up and not compete for wins every single week. It’s stressful. It pushes you and your mindset to continue to push forward and to try to do better. But at the same time, you know in the back of your mind that it’s hard to compete and go out there and put all of the effort in that you need to. When it doesn’t pay off, it hurts. I’ve always been told that hard work pays off at the end. I definitely think all of the hard work from last year ended up paying off with this opportunity to go to Kyle Busch Motorsports. For myself, I’m not one content to just say I’m a NASCAR Cup Series driver. I want to have fun and smile. I don’t want to be down in the dumps or have a mental toll taken on me. I’m definitely doing that. I want to win races. That’s just who I am.”