Future Watch: John Hunter Nemechek Rookie NASCAR Cards

Future Watch: John Hunter Nemechek Rookie NASCAR CardsJohn Hunter Nemechek is the son of NASCAR driver Joe Front RowNemechek. John was named after his Uncle John Nemechek, who was killed in a racing accident during the craftsman truck series.

Nemechek began his racing career at the age of 5 in go-karts, quarter midget cars and dirt bikes. He moved up to stock car competition in 2010 competing in the Allison Legacy Series with sponsorship from England Stove Works.

In 2012, Nemechek moved up to late model cars and super late model cars. Nemechek won praise from Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch following a CRA Super Series race in which both drivers competed.

June 2012, Nemechek won the pole for the Howie Lettow Memorial 150, an ASA Midwest Tour event, at the Milwaukee Mile. He finished 23rd in the event.

Nemechek won the 2012 Allison Legacy Series championship, winning 15 of the 18 races.

In 2013, Nemechek moved to competing in the Southern Super Series as well as in selected races in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. In January 2014, Nemechek announced he would be competing in ten Camping World Truck Series events during the 2014 season.

On September 19, 2015, 16 years to the day his father won his first Cup race, Nemechek won his first Truck Series race at Chicagoland. On November 29, Nemechek was voted the Most Popular Driver for the 2015 season in the Truck Series. In 2017, Nemechek won back-to-back races at Gateway and Iowa. Nemechek missed the Championship Four after finishing 2nd at Phoenix.

For the 2018 season, Nemechek joined Chip Ganassi Racing to drive the No. 42 NASCAR Xfinity Series car on a part-time basis. He also would continue to run select Camping World Truck Series races for his father’s team Motorsports. Nemechek won his first career Xfinity race at Kansas Speedway in the 2018.

2019, Nemechek signed with GMS Racing for the full Xfinity schedule in the No. 23 ChevroletOn October 29Front Row Motorsports announced that Nemechek would fill in for Matt Tifft in the No. 36 Ford for the final three races of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Nemechek and his father Joe made motorsports history at ISM Raceway in early November 2019 by being the first father-son duo to race in all three main series in one weekend. He finished the 2019 season seventh in points after finishing sixth at Homestead.

Collectors looking for John Hunter Nemechek’s cards can find them in Panini NASCAR racing programs dating back to 2016. Look for his 2019 cards in Prizm NASCAR, Prime Racing and Victory Lane. His patches in 2018 Panini Prime Racing are especially nice!

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