I was working on a story last week about John Hunter Nemechek and the Snowball Derby when I mentioned in a radio interview that I thought the young driver was a solid lock for getting the win. Hey, turns out I was right! John Hunter Nemechek pulled out the victory in the famed off-season short track race in Florida. Nemechek split the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck racing season with his dad, Joe Nemechek, and had built up a pretty good reputation as a skilled driver. He credits much of his learning curve on hanging out with his dad. The complete Press Release and Story is Below.
PRESS RELEASE - PENSACOLA, FLA. - December 7, 2014 - John Hunter Nemechek raced to the win taking the 47th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla. today in his third start in the event. Nemechek, who took the lead at lap 286, was not to be dismissed in his second of two races at Five Flags this weekend. He finished second in the Snowflake 100 which had finished mere hours earlier but with a gutsy pit call and undeniable talent, the rising star brought home his crowning achievement in the Pensacola win.
"We definitely had a good car and made the right adjustments all day and when we got up towards the front we figured out that we had a very good race car." Nemechek said.
Nemechek, who started racing in quarter midgets at age five, has made a steady progression and has had much success along the way including winning 15 of 18 races en route to the Allison Legacy Touring Series Championship in 2013. Competing in his NEMCO Motorsports late model is a by-design initiative that has been fundamental in his development. Competing in his second Snowflake and third Snowball event, he relied on his previous experience there as well as the momentum from his most recent win in the All-American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (Tenn.) on November 1.
"It's an amazing feeling to be able to win the Snowball Derby and have a bunch of our family here - I'm pretty much speechless, Nemechek continued."
Other Pro Late Model Series wins for Nemechek this season include Watermelon Capital Speedway (Cordele, Ga.) on January 26, Milwaukee (Wis.) Mile on June 8 and Lucas Oil Raceway (Indianapolis, Ind.) on September 28.
Nemechek also competed on a limited-schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series where in just 10 starts, he earned an impressive six top-10 finishes including a top-five run at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Plans for 2015 include a similar late model program as well as returning to his No. 8 SWM-NEMCO Motorsports entry in truck series action. At age 17, Nemechek is restricted to running on tracks 1.25-miles or less and the road course. Turning 18 on June 11, he will finish out the remainder of the truck series schedule beginning with Kentucky Speedway on July 9, 2015.
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