Let's just call it a continuation of a friendly family challenge between father and son. The difference between many father and sons celebrating on Father's Day and the way Joe Nemechek and his son John Hunter Nemechek are going to do it includesGateway Motorsports Park and the The Drivin' for Linemen 200.
While only one Nemechek will be driving the NASCAR Camping World Truck this weekend the goal is pretty simple for John Hunter... do better than his dad over the course of the season!
"We've always been very competitive with each other whether it's racing
on the track, riding dirt bikes or skiing," said John Hunter Nemechek.
"We've raced in a few late model races together and right now I'm ahead
of Dad by one in those races."
The Nemecheks announced they would be running the entire
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule as a team in the SWM-NEMCO
Motorsports No. 8 Toyota Tundra. the scheduile had father, Joe Nemechek, racing 12 of 22 races
on tracks that NASCAR had deemed his son, John Hunter Nemechek, too young to race on.
John Hunter is celebrating his 17 birthday on Wednesday, June
11 but NASCAR age rules delegated Joe to the larger tracks such as Superspeedways and John Hunter to the smaller tracks on the Camping World Truck Series schedule. Regardless of the age difference and type of track the younger driver in the family says that they are having fun and that he is learning from his dad.
"Sharing the season in the Camping World
Truck Series has been a lot of fun for both of us and it's a great
opportunity for me to learn from him, but we're still trying to one-up
each other every race."
The Season and Scoring So Far!
Joe Nemechek took the first swing with an eighth-place run at Daytona in February. John Hunter, in his third Camping World Truck Series start, followed that up with an 11th-place finish at Martinsville. After the series took a six-week break, "Front Row Joe" climbed back behind the wheel and brought home ninth and 11th-place finishes at Kansas and Charlotte
John Hunter then captured the team's best, and his career-best finish, with a sixth-place run at Dover. It was clear at that point that he was throwing it back to his dad with a "top that" type of swagger.
It was time for Dad to come racing back! Joe brought the team yet another best finish of the year at Texas Motor Speedway. The team carried the colors of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center as a tribute to his co-owner, Sid Mauldin, and Nemechek made the most of a late-race fuel strategy and brought his Tundra home in the third position to climb back atop the quest-for-the-best finish challenge. The team now sits fourth in the owner's standings.
One Proud Dad!
While Joe has had one heck of a season so far it does not take long for people to realize that he's even more proud of the racing his son, and team, have done so far this season. He's a proud dad and says he would not mind if John Hunter took the lead of their friendly family challenge this weekend at Gateway.
"John Hunter ran a heck of a race in Dover and I couldn't be more proud," Joe Nemechek said. "I'm proud of this whole team too. Coming home with a third-place finish in Texas just continues to help build the momentum. I said early on in the season that I thought we were capable of wins with both myself and John Hunter and there's nothing that would make Father's Day weekend more special than to see him one-up me at Gateway. There are only two spots left to move up though and one of those is a win so he needs to bring it!"
Race Day Notes:
NASCAR Camping World Series racing action hits Gateway Motorsports Park on Friday, June 13.
The Drivin' for Linemen 200
Practice sessions at 4:00 and 7:00pm ET as well as Saturday at 11:00am ET.
Qualifying will follow at 5:10pm ET
Race start 8:30pm ET.
Television coverage will air live on Fox Sports 1
Radio broadcast can be heard on MRN and SiriusXM Channel 90.