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Race Preview – NextEra Energy Resources 250

📁 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Race Preview 🕔16.February 2018
Race Preview – NextEra Energy Resources 250

Event:              NextEra Energy Resources 250

Date:                Friday, February 16, 2018

Venue:             Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway

 

NEMCO Motorsports’ NASCAR Camping World Truck Series History at the Daytona International Speedway This weekend will mark NEMCO Motorsports’ sixth and seventh NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at the Daytona Beach, Fla.,-facility. The organization posted a team best finish of fourth-place with John Hunter Nemechek on February 24, 2017. Five starts at the 2.5-mile tri-oval superspeedway have earned NEMCO Motorsports an average starting position of 14.8 and an average finish of 10.8.

 

NEMCO Motorsports’ NASCAR Camping World Truck Series History … Since entering the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 1995, the Mooresville, N.C.,-based organization has logged 133 starts from six drivers, resulting in strong performances that include six victories (Watkins Glen, Chicago, Atlanta, Canada, Gateway, and Iowa) and 28 top-five finishes, as well as 58 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 14.4 and an average finishing position of 14.3.

 

Season Opener … This will be the third NASCAR season-opening event Joe Nemechek has competed against Nemechek lineage. In the 1997 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season-opener at the Walt Disney World Speedway, Joe Nemechek in the No. 87 finished nine positions ahead of John Nemechek in the No. 8 – both as owner-driver entries. In 2017, the father-son duo finished fourth (John Hunter Nemechek), and fifth (Joe Nemechek), respectively.

 

Meet John Hunter Nemechek … Fans can visit the Team Chevy Racing display located in the fan midway at the Daytona International Speedway for a question and answer session with Joe Nemechek and John Hunter Nemechek on Friday, February 16 at 11:30 a.m. (ET). John Hunter Nemechek is scheduled to participate in an autograph session with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. (ET) on Friday.

 

Follow NEMCO Motorsports on Social Media … To keep up-to-date with the latest news, information and exclusive content, visit NEMCO Motorsports’ Twitter page – @NEMCOMotorsport. Also, follow the NEMCO Motorsports drivers on their personal Twitter pages – @FrontRowJoe87 and @JHNemechek. You can also “like” Joe Nemechek on his official Facebook page at /NASCARJoe, and John Hunter Nemechek on his official Facebook page at /JohnHunterNemechek.

 

Catch the Action … The NextEra Energy Resources 250 will be broadcast live on FS1 on Friday, February 16 starting with the pre-race show at 7:00 p.m. (ET). It will also broadcast live at 7:00 p.m. (ET) on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Qualifying for the first event of the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule will air on Friday at 4:30 p.m. (ET) on FS1. In addition, the practice session on Thursday, February 15 will be televised live on FS1 at 11:30 a.m. (ET), 2:30 p.m. (ET) and final practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at 4:30 p.m. (ET).

 

The NextEra Energy Resources 250 at the Daytona International Speedway will re-air on Saturday, February 17 at 2:30 a.m. (ET) on FS1.


John Hunter Nemechek

No. 8 Fleetwing Corporation Chevrolet Silverado

 

This Week’s NEMCO Motorsports’ Chevrolet Silverado at the Daytona International Speedway … John Hunter Nemechek will pilot Chassis No.  226 in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at the Daytona International Speedway. The Gere Kennon-led team last unloaded this NEMCO Motorsports prepared chassis at the Talladega Superspeedway on October 14, 2017 where they finished in the sixth-place after starting in the 12th-place in the chassis’ second appearance of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. The chassis’ two starts at Daytona International Speedway,and at the Talladega Superspeedway have secured an average finishing position of 5.5.

 

Locally Sourced … Fleetwing Corporation, a multi-branded petroleum jobber established in 1956, will adorn the sides and hood of the No. 8 Fleetwing Chevrolet Silverado driven by John Hunter Nemechek at the Daytona International Speedway as a primary sponsor. Based in Lakeland, Fla., Fleetwing Corporation is family-owned and operated.

 

Welcome to Daytona Beach … This weekend marks John Hunter Nemechek’s third Daytona International Speedway‎ appearance with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Mooresville, N.C., driver has earned an average starting position of 17.0 and an average finishing position of 10.5 at the track. Nemechek made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series track debut on February 19, 2016. In addition, Nemechek tested with the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Racing Series at the Daytona Beach, Fla., facility in December 2013.

 

Restrictor Plate Stats: In five combined NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts on restrictor plate tracks (Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway), John Hunter Nemechek has an average finish of 14.0 with 405 laps completed. John Hunter Nemechek has one more restrictor plate start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series than his father, Joe Nemechek.

 

Race Rewind: Daytona International Speedway … John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 8 Fire Alarm Services, Inc., Chevrolet Silverado for NEMCO Motorsports, finished in the fourth-position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at the Daytona International Speedway on Friday, February 24. Nemechek started the 100-lap event from the 19th-place and was involved in a multi-truck incident on Lap 3. He battled his way through the 32-truck field before being involved in a single-truck incident on Lap 96. John Hunter Nemechek drove through the last-lap melee with father Joe Nemecheck just at his back bumper, finishing in the fourth place.

 

In the Rearview Mirror: 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Season … Through 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races of the 2017 season, John Hunter Nemechek completed 2915 of 3432 laps contested (84.9 percent) and led 108 laps. Nemechek finished the season ranked eighth in the driver point standings and seventh in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner points. In addition, the NEMCO Motorsports driver collected two victories (Gateway and Iowa), eight top-five and 11 top-10 finishes, spent 2,372 laps running in the top 15 and made 691 green-flag passes this season.


Joe Nemechek

No. 87 D.A.B. Constructors, Inc., Chevrolet Silverado

 

This Week’s NEMCO Motorsports’ Chevrolet Silverado at the Daytona International Speedway … Joe Nemechek will pilot Chassis No. 062 in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at the Daytona International Speedway. This NEMCO Motorsports-prepared Chevrolet Silverado team last unloaded this chassis at the Talladega Superspeedway on October 14, 2017 with Joe Nemechek.

 

At the ‘World Center of Racing’ … Joe Nemechek has comprehensive experience at the ‘World Center of Racing,’ having five pole awards and two victories (1998, 2002), four top-five and seven top-10 finishes in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. In addition, he has the all-time NASCAR XFINITY Series most starts record, the most laps completed record, and number of pole awards record at the Daytona International Speedway. Across the top three NASCAR divisions Nemechek has 75 total starts at the Daytona Beach, Fla., facility.

 

Race Rewind: Daytona International Speedway … Joe Nemechek, driver of the No. 87 Fleetwing Chevrolet Silverado for NEMCO Motorsports, finished in the fifth-position the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at the Daytona International Speedway on Friday, February 24. Three race stages were split into 20, 20, and 60 lap segments, and Nemechek earned an additional 18 points from strong performance and positions at the close of the first and second stages. A four-truck incident on Lap 72 would impact Nemechek. Nemechek’s son, John Hunter Nemechek, would be the beneficiary of the “Lucky Dog” under the fourth caution flag of the night. Miraculously, Nemechek slipped through a wild incident on the backstretch on the final lap of the NextEra Energy Resources 250 to finish fifth.

 

Welcome Home … Daytona International Speedway is like a homecoming to the Florida native Joe Nemechek. Born in Naples, Fla., and raised about 100 miles from Daytona Beach in Lakeland, his racing career began at the age of 13;  he won more than 300 motocross trophies in less than six years before taking up stock cars. Nemechek earned rookie-of-the-year honors in 1987 at Lakeland Interstate Speedway.