John Hunter Nemechek
GMS Racing
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Nemechek will continue his development at GMS Racing this season. He was signed to carry the No. 23 team into the future and continue the good work that Spencer Gallagher started here last year. The team collected one win, six Top-5 and 17 Top-10 finishes between Gallagher and multiple other drivers. Nemechek is one of the budding stars of this racing series. The 21-year-old has already been competing part-time in the truck series for the last six seasons, and last year was his first part-time foray into the Xfinity Series. Nemechek grabbed one win and 11 Top-10 finishes in an 18-race slate at Chip Ganassi Racing. He should be the perfect fit to take over for the retired Gallagher. Chad Norris will continue guiding this team from atop the war wagon, so excellence is an expectation. Read Past Outlooks
Fast Xfinity Practice at Bristol
XFINITY Series
April 5, 2019
Nemechek was fastest in opening practice for the Alsco 300 Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 122.748 mph.
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The GMS Racing youngster jumped to the top of the scoring pylon with a good lap at the famous half-mile oval Friday afternoon. Nemecheck piloted his No. 23 Chevy Camaro to the top of the speed charts by beating out Cole Custer for the fastest lap of the session. The youngster will be making just his second-career Xfinity start at Bristol Saturday. He finished 13th in his debut in this event one year ago.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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With Larson being pulled back to just seven starts per the new Xfinity Series rules, the team had to go out and hire a dependable young gun driver to fill most of the void for the remaining schedule. Ganassi called on truck series up-and-comer Nemechek to fill that void. The driver rotation in 2017 yielded five victories, with three of those coming from Larson, so Nemechek will be expected to shoulder most of that burden in the upcoming season. The 20-year-old talent has amassed five victories, 38 Top-10 finishes and a pair of eighth-place points finishes in the last four seasons of racing in the Camping World Truck Series. He will really get to show off in his heavy schedule for this strong race team. Nemechek is no Kyle Larson, but with this team there won't be too much of a falloff behind the wheel.
Nemechek will return to the Camping World Truck Series once again in 2017. He'll pilot the same No. 8 Chevrolet that he has the past two seasons. Nemechek posted great numbers last year with two victories and 11 Top-10 finishes. The performance was good enough to grab eighth-place in the final driver standings. The 19-year-old should have learned a few new tricks now with over 50 starts under his belt, and should be ready to move the bar higher in the coming season. Nemechek will once again be paired with crew chief, Gere Kennon, and the two should continue to surprise the larger teams in the truck series. This young driver and team have a lot of growth left, so don't be surprised to see them win more races and qualify for this division of NASCAR's Chase for the Cup playoff.
Nemechek has done nothing less than rocket upward since joining the truck series in 2013. Now that he’s 18-years-old, he will only get better. Last year he claimed his first victory with the win at Chicago and he nabbed 10 Top-10 finishes in just an 18-race slate. It’s assumed that he’ll return to the No. 8 Chevrolet in 2016, but those plans haven’t been made formal yet. If Nemechek can mount a full season, he could produce some big and impressive numbers. The young driver has made it known that he may have to find a bigger team in the Camping World Truck Series in order to keep growing, so we wouldn’t rule out a move. However, his talent dictates that it matters little where he ends up racing this season.
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Runner-up Finish at Vegas
XFINITY Series
March 2, 2019
Nemechek finished second in the Boyd Gaming 300 Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon.
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Sponsor Re-Signs
XFINITY Series
January 18, 2019
GMS Racing announced that Fire Alarm Services, Inc., a provider in a superior fire, life safety, and security services, will serve as primary sponsor for Nemechek and the No. 23 GMS Racing team in 13 NASCAR Xfinity Series races in 2019, GMS Racing PR reports.
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Eligible for Rookie of the Year
XFINITY Series
December 15, 2018
NASCAR has approved Nemechek and Chase Briscoe to compete for the Xfinity Series Rookie of the Year title in 2019, NBC Sports has confirmed.
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Joins GMS Racing
XFINITY Series
December 6, 2018
GMS Racing announced that Nemechek will join the team for the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season. Nemechek will be the driver of the No. 23 Chevrolet Camaro under the GMS Racing banner and will contend for the 2019 Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors, GMS Racing PR reports.
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Possible to GMS Racing
XFINITY Series
November 21, 2018
Nemechek is on the move. After a limited XFINITY Series schedule with Chip Ganassi Racing this season, he'll jump to GMS Racing in 2019 frontstretch.com reports.
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