Joe Nemechek

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Birth Date September 26, 1963
Hometown Lakeland, Florida
Height 5’9″
Weight 200 lbs
Fast Fact  Nickname: “Front Row” Joe Nemechek for 28 collective pole awards
Wins NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Four; NASCAR XFINITY Series: 16
Awards 1988 USAR Rookie of the Year
1990 Busch Series Rookie of the Year
1992, 1993 Busch Series Most Popular Driver
1992 NASCAR XFINITY Series Champion
1992 and 1993 Most Popular Driver for the NASCAR XFINITY Series
1990 Rookie of the Year for the NASCAR XFINITY Series
Team Name NEMCO Motorsports
NASCAR XFINITY
Rookie season
1989
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Engine Builder
Crew Chief Jim Mazza

Joe Nemechek, team owner and driver of the No. 8 NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) for NEMCO Motorsports

Joe Nemechek debuted in NASCAR national series competition in 1989 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Across all three top-tier NASCAR series, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, Nemechek has 1,165 combined starts, only behind Richard Petty for the most NASCAR starts.
 
The Lakeland, Fla., native has earned four victories (New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway, Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, and Kansas Speedway) in 667 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts. In addition, the 1992 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion has 16 wins, 74 top-five and 126 top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Earning the nickname “Front Row Joe,” Nemechek has posted 28 collective pole awards.
 
Nemechek was named the 1990 Rookie of the Year for the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The NEMCO Motorsports team owner and driver was awarded the 1992 and 1993 Most Popular Driver for the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Nemechek grew up surrounded by high-tech machine tools at the family-owned Master Machine and Tool Company located in Mulberry, Fla. Following a successful career in motocross, where he won over 300 events, he bought a Ford Pinto in 1986 for $100.00 and built his first Mini-Stock car. He established records at the Auburndale (Winter Haven, Fla.) Speedway and the Lakeland (Fla.) Speedway before advancing to the United Stock Car Alliance Touring Series in 1988 where he was crowned with the Rookie-of-the-Year honors and also the championship. In 1989 Nemechek was the first driver ever to claim the Rookie-of-the-Year title and championship in the All-Pro Late Model Challenge Series.

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