Camping World Truck Series

NCWTS: John Hunter Nemechek Captures Back-to-Back NCWTS Victories

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It had been an up and down season for NCWTS driver John Hunter Nemechek and his family owned team, NEMCO Motorsports up until last weekend’s race at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Nemechek captured the win last weekend after leading the last 6 laps following a restart with 8 to go. Nemechek passed Matt Crafton in turn 2 to claim his fourth NCWTS victory and first of the season.

Nemechek’s win at Gateway was the first truck victory of the season that wasn’t won by a Kyle Busch Motorsports or GMS Racing team.

It was an emotional win for the young driver who was unsure at the time he would be able to race the following week at Iowa Speedway due to lack of sponsorship.

“It’s definitely an emotional win, all the hard work that goes in, everyone’s worked their tails off. We haven’t had the best luck this year. Getting into victory lane when we needed to, God is great, I can’t thank him enough. I knew all the hard work would pay off, Nemechek said.”

Nemechek’s father, Joe Nemechek who is also the team’s owner said following the win at Gateway that the team’s No. 8 Chevrolet only had sponsorship for half of the races for this season and he hated to see his son have to go through wondering whether he’d be racing the following week or not.

“Right now, we’re just trying to get to the next race. He is tough. As far as driving the racecar is one thing, but when you deal with all the financial part of it just to figure out how to keep going, that makes it hard on a young kid, Joe Nemechek said.

The young Nemechek would get to race at Iowa Speedway after the team turned around the winning truck from Gateway to race in the M&M 200 at Iowa Speedway.

Nemechek, who started the races in the fifth position took four tires on a final pit stop with 10 laps to go and passed Johnny Sauter and Chase Briscoe with 6 laps to go.

“It’s definitely special. All year we felt really good about this whole stretch of Gateway, Iowa, and Kentucky. Hopefully, we can go to Kentucky and make it three in a row,” Nemechek said. “Thank you to all my guys. They’re so determined and dedicated. They work as many hours as needed and this is fun getting to Victory Lane, Nemechek said.”

With Nemechek capturing back-to-back victories not only is his team locked into the Championship Chase but it may help the team with the lack of sponsorship they’ve been dealing with through-out the season.

Sponsor Fire Alarm Services was to be on the truck for seven races, but had agreed to add three races to the deal after the team’s win at Gateway. However, after two consecutive victories, perhaps they will come on board for even more or another company may come along.

There is no question that Nemechek is talented and another win or two could come this season if the team can continue to race each weekend and bring competitive cars to the track.

After Iowa Nemechek is eighth in the NCWTS points standings, with the two victories, one stage win, 11 playoff points earned, and sits 153 points behind current points leader Johnny Sauter.

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