Biography of John Hunter Nemechek
John Hunter Nemechek is an American professional stock car racing driver. Son of NASCAR competitor Joe Nemechek, he was the 2012 champion in the Allison Legacy Series. A member of Drivers Edge Development, Nemechek currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 38 Ford Mustang GT for Front Row Motorsports.
Nemechek was born on June 11, 1997. He is a native of Mooresville, North Carolina. He was named after his uncle, John Nemechek, who had been killed in a racing accident earlier that year in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He was a student at the Davidson Day School in Davidson, North Carolina. Nemechek was born the oldest of three full siblings. Nemechek also has one older half-brother. Nemechek was the subject of a children’s book on racing, Racin’ Buddies, written by his father in 2001.
Nemechek began his racing career at the age of 5, competing in go-karts, quarter midget cars and in dirt bike competition. He moved up to stock car competition in 2010, competing in the Allison Legacy Series with sponsorship from England Stove Works.
In 2012, John Hunter Nemechek moved up to late model and super late model competition, competing in the Champion Racing Association Super Series and American Speed Association Midwest Tour; he also competed in the World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna Speedway during Speedweeks. John Hunter Nemechek won praise from Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch following a CRA Super Series race in which both drivers competed.
In June 2012, John Hunter Nemechek won the pole for the Howie Lettow Memorial 150, an ASA Midwest Tour event, at the Milwaukee Mile; he was scheduled to take a driver’s education course the following week as he had just passed his fifteenth birthday. He finished 23rd in the event.
After competing in the 2012 Snowball Derby, starting second and finishing tenth, Nemechek won the 2012 Allison Legacy Series championship, winning 15 of the season’s 18 races.
In 2013, John Hunter Nemechek moved to competing in the Southern Super Series as well as in selected races in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, starting with the UNOH Battle at the Beach at Daytona International Speedway in February. In late 2013, he made his debut in the Camping World Truck Series, driving the No. 22 Toyota for SWM-NEMCO Racing. He competed in two events, with a best finish of 16th.
In January 2014, Nemechek announced he would be competing in ten Camping World Truck Series events during the 2014 season. After the season ended, he won the 300-lap Snowball Derby. On September 19, 2015, 16 years to the day his father won his first Cup race, John Hunter Nemechek won his first Truck Series race at Chicagoland. On November 29, Nemechek has voted the Most Popular Driver for the 2015 season in the Truck Series.
In 2016, Nemechek won at Atlanta. At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park during the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 250, Nemechek and Cole Custer were battling for the lead when Nemechek bumped Custer which led to Nemechek losing control and intentionally sending both Custer and himself off-road, pinning Custer to the wall. Before the winner was declared, Nemechek was tackled by Custer; Nemechek would be named the winner. In 2017, Nemechek won back-to-back races at Gateway and Iowa. Nemechek missed the Championship Four after finishing 2nd at Phoenix.
- Full Name: John Hunter Nemechek
- Date of Birth: June 11, 1997
- Age: 23
- Birth Place: Mooresville, North Carolina
- Nationality: United States of America
- Achievements: 2012 Allison Legacy Series Champion, 2014 All American 400 winner, 2014 Snowball Derby winner
- Awards: 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Most Popular Driver
- Uncle: John Nemechek
- Current teams: Ford Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing manufacturer team, etc.
- Parents: Joe Nemechek, Andrea Nemechek
- Net Worth: $30 Million
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