John Hunter Nemechek plans on moving up from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2018 — at least part-time.
Nemechek, a five-time Truck Series race winner, will split time in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet with Kyle Larson. It’s unknown exactly how many races Nemechek will compete in, but he’ll bring sponsorship from Fire Alarm Services.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join Chip Ganassi Racing. I feel like their cars and organization were the talk of the garage in 2017 and I hope to play a part in continuing their run of success in 2018 and beyond,” Nemechek said. “Also, Fire Alarm Services has been a supporter of my career since 2016 at our family-owned team, and I am looking forward to continuing that partnership at Chip Ganassi Racing. I am extremely grateful to Shannon and Connie Smith, owners of Fire Alarm Services, Inc. I also want to thank my father for all that he has done to help grow my passion for racing.”
Since 2013, Nemechek has competed for NEMCO Motorsports, a family-run team owned by his father, in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The opportunity with Ganassi allows him to move up the NASCAR ladder, and remain in competitive equipment.
“We are happy to have John Hunter join our organization and also announce the relationship with Fire Alarm Services,” said Ganassi. “We had a very successful 2017 with our XFINITY program and look to improve upon that. We feel that John Hunter has the talent to be a future star in the sport and can’t wait to get him behind the wheel.”
Along with his partial schedule with Ganassi, it’s speculated that NEMCO Motorsports will continue to run its Truck program in 2018. The team is searching for funded drivers to be a part of the team. The continuation of NEMCO’s Truck team could allow for Nemechek to continue getting seat time in the truck, or bring his dad, Joe Nemechek, back into the driving spotlight on a more regular basis.