John Hunter Nemechek will split the 2015 NCWTS season with his father Joe Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live " Vote: Ultimate Daytona Challenge DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- John Hunter Nemechek might not have years of experience propelling him into NASCAR's national ranks, but he may have something better -- the lessons handed down from his father, entering his 26th year competing in NASCAR's top divisions. But Joe Nemechek , 51, has shown he's not just a grandstand-watching dad with a vested interest in his 17-year-old son's budding career. He's still getting his fingers dirty under the hood and taking his turn in the driver's seat, making his father-son mentorship more hands-on than most. "He's the hardest worker that you'll find around, the hardest-working driver, I should say," the younger Nemechek said. "Luckily, he's passed that off to me and I've learned a great deal from him. If you want to do something, you've got to work hard at it and you can't give up. I think his drive and motivation to win races and make me successful before he retires is something that he really wants me to do." The elder Nemechek's independent spirit hasn't skipped a generation, as John Hunter Nemechek prepares for his third partial season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The father-son duo will split the schedule in 2015, with Joe Nemechek racing on the circuit's larger tracks until John Hunter turns 18 on June 11, at which point his NASCAR-mandated age restriction to tracks 1.25 miles or shorter will be lifted. That time frame would clear John Hunter Nemechek to get his first whirl at an intermediate track at 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway on July 9. "I definitely feel like I'm ready for it," he said. "I feel like getting to those bigger tracks is something I've wanted to do for a while. Last year, sitting on the sidelines when Dad was running the big tracks and I was running the short tracks was kind of frustrating, just because, 'OK, I know I can do this. When am I going to get the chance?' Definitely we're counting down the days." In the meantime, the younger Nemechek has methodically begun to add his name to a stellar group of second-generation speedsters such as Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney, both a few years older and with more experience on their side. John Hunter's 10-race slate on smaller tracks in the Camping World Truck Series last season yielded a career-best fifth place at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and four other finishes of sixth and seventh, efforts he hopes are building blocks to more strides in 2015. Those first steps, plus an offseason victory in the prestigious Snowball Derby race for Late Model cars, have helped John Hunter exceed his father's expectations thus far -- sometimes surprisingly so. "You look at a lot of the kids that are sons of dads that raced, they've all grown up around the sport," Joe Nemechek said. "I think the biggest thing that helps them is just listening to all of us dads just talk about what our cars are doing and this and that, and they learn all that. The first time he was in the car, he's like, 'yeah, it's doing this, this and this,' and I looked at him like, 'how do you know that?' They've heard us talk, our body language and all that other stuff, and they just know." John Hunter Nemechek has certainly picked up on the mechanical know-how, helping his father in the shop by running parts, changing tires and becoming handy with a wrench around the family shop. But the influence has transcended the nuts-and-bolts side of things, as the teenager has also learned by example how to carry himself in the garage. For that, John Hunter Nemechek is grateful. "It means everything to me," the younger Nemechek said. "Without him, I wouldn't be here right now. He's put his time and effort and pretty much his life into making my career jump-start. I can't thank him enough for it." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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See where your favorite driver will pit on Saturday (2:30 p.m. ET, FS1) Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live The pit stall assignments are out for Saturday's Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1), and Joey Logano has the prime spot on pit road. Logano, who won the Keystone Light Pole Award, has the No. 1 pit stall and will be the closest to the exit of pit road . He also has the advantage of having no one in front of him. Erik Jones (starting fourth), John Hunter Nemechek (starting 16th), Mason Mingus (starting 20th) and Ben Kennedy (starting 22nd) will also have no one directly in front of them when they pit. Tyler Reddick chose pit stall No. 42, which is the first one when trucks pull onto pit road. Reddick starts the race from the seventh spot. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Switch from Toyota includes conversion to ECR Engines NEMCO Motorsports announced Friday that it will be re-establishing its partnership with Chevrolet for the 2015 season. The team will field Chevrolets in the Camping World Truck Series and Late Model competition with drivers Joe Nemechek and his son, John Hunter Nemechek . With the move to Chevrolet, NEMCO Motorsports will now use ECR Engines. Team owner Joe Nemechek is no stranger to the Chevy bowtie; he and NEMCO Motorsports won 19 races in NASCAR national series competition with the manufacturer from 1991-2011, according to the team. During that period, Nemechek also earned the 1992 driver and owner championships in in what is now the NASCAR XFINITY Series, prior to winning the manufacturers' championship for Chevrolet. "We look forward to joining the Chevrolet NASCAR program this season," Nemechek said in a statement released by the team. "I've had a long-term relationship with Chevrolet for the majority of my career and I look forward to continuing that relationship." The father-son team plans to run a split schedule in the team's No. 8 entry until the younger Nemechek's 18th birthday (June 8), when he will be cleared for NASCAR competition on tracks longer than 1.25 miles. After that milestone, John Hunter Nemechek will be the team's lone driver for the rest of the season, starting July 9 at Kentucky Speedway . FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule