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Race Preview — Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway

📁 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Race Preview 🕔12.October 2017
Race Preview — Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway

Event: fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola
Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Venue: Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway

 

NEMCO Motorsports’ NASCAR Camping World Truck Series History at the Talladega Superspeedway … This weekend will mark NEMCO Motorsports’ fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at the Lincoln, Ala., facility. The organization posted a team best 10th-place finish at the track with driver Joe Nemechek on October 18, 2014. Three starts at the 2.66-mile superspeedway have earned NEMCO Motorsports an average starting position of 11.0 and an average finish of 17.7, and a total of five laps led.

 

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 123 starts from five drivers, resulting in strong performances that include six victories (Watkins Glen, Chicago, Atlanta, Canada, Gateway, and Iowa) and 27 top-five finishes, as well as 56 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 14.2 and an average finishing position of 13.8.

 

Collective NEMCO Motorsports … In this season’s first 18 events, NEMCO Motorsports’ two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entries have posted two victories (Gateway and Iowa), eight top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. The NEMCO Motorsports-prepared Chevrolet Silverados have completed 2,874 laps and have lead 100 of those laps. John Hunter Nemechek and Joe Nemechek rank eighth and 26th respectively in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver points.

 

All in the Family … Team owner Joe Nemechek has found success in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) at the Talladega Superspeedway with five pole awards, two victories (1998, 2000), seven top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 20 starts. “Front Row” Joe Nemechek is also credited with four pole awards, one top-five, and five top-10 finishes in 38 starts in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) at the Talladega Superspeedway. Additionally, Nemechek is credited with two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts in 2006 and 2014.

 

Media Alert … John Hunter Nemechek will be accessible to media in attendance at the Talladega Superspeedway on Friday, October 13 at 10:15 a.m. (CT). The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series media availability will be hosted inside the media center.

 

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.

 

Vote for John Hunter Nemechek … Fans have the opportunity to make their voices heard by casting their votes to determine who will be the Most Popular Driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2017. Fans are able to cast their votes via http://www.nascar.com/mostpopulardriver from September 3 to November 16. Fans may select (1) candidate per ballot submission. Voting is limited to (1) vote per person per email address per day, per series. Fans selected John Hunter Nemechek as the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Most Popular Driver.

 

Meet John Hunter Nemechek … Fans can visit the Team Chevy Racing display located in the midway at the Talladega Superspeedway for a question and answer session with John Hunter Nemechek on Friday, October 13 at 2:45 p.m. (CT). 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. (CT) on Friday at the Talladega Superspeedway, located in the Legends Hospitality Village.

 

Catch the Action … The fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola will be broadcast live on FOX on Saturday, October 14 starting with the pre-race show at 12:30 p.m. (ET). It will also broadcast live at 12:30 p.m. (ET) on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Qualifying for the 19th event of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule will air Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (ET) on FS1. In addition, the practice session on Friday, October 13 will be televised live on FS1 at 12:00 p.m. (ET), as well as the final practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at 2:00 p.m. (ET).

 

John Hunter Nemechek
No. 8 Fire Alarm Services Inc., Chevrolet Silverado

 

This Week’s NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado at the Talladega Superspeedway … John Hunter Nemechek will pilot Chassis No. 226 in the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at the Talladega Superspeedway. The Gere Kennon-led team last unloaded this NEMCO Motorsports prepared chassis at the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on February 24, where Joe Nemechek finished in the fifth-place after starting in the ninth-place. This NEMCO Motorsports-prepared Chevrolet Silverado was new to the team for the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.

 

Sound the Alarm … Breast Cancer awareness finds its way into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as John Hunter Nemechek’s paint scheme goes pink for the cause. As part of a continued effort to raise awareness for Breast Cancer education and research and to honor those who have fought the disease, Fire Alarm Services, Inc., requested to incorporate a pink theme into the No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado at the Talladega Superspeedway. Headquartered in Arvada, Colo., Fire Alarm Services, Inc., provides superior fire and life safety and security services and products for protecting their client’s real estate investment.

 

Think Pink with Zeta Tau Alpha …. The NEMCO Motorsports driver, like many NASCAR drivers, will run a pink paint scheme at the Talladega Superspeedway in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. John Hunter Nemechek’s No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado will also feature Think Pink®, a registered trademark of Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA). Since 2004, this term has represented the organization’s overall theme for breast cancer education and awareness efforts. ZTA members have distributed more than 19 million ZTA Think Pink ribbons to generate breast cancer awareness, to support breast cancer survivors and to honor those who have lost their lives to the disease.

 

Talladega Nights … This weekend marks John Hunter Nemechek’s third Talladega Superspeedway appearance with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Mooresville, N.C., driver has earned an average starting position of 12.5 and an average finishing position of 21.5 at the 2.66-mile track. He made his track debut on October 24, 2015.

 

Restrictor Plate Stats: In four 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 16.0 with 310 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: Talladega Superspeedway … John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 8 Fire Alarm Services, Inc., Chevrolet Silverado for NEMCO Motorsports, finished in the 32nd-position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at the Talladega Superspeedway on October 22, 2016. In a season of high achievement that was muted by misfortune, this twist eliminated the NEMCO Motorsports driver from the 2016 season’s championship contention with an engine failure in the No. 8 Fire Alarm Services, Inc., Chevrolet on Lap 13 of a scheduled 94-lap event that sent Nemechek to the garage and out of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs.

 

Nemechek, the Triathlete … Logging miles behind the wheel on the race track is not enough for John Hunter Nemechek. Chasing the finish line is imprinted on his soul. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff contender will compete in the PPD IRONMAN 70.3 North Carolina on October 21 in Wilmington, N.C. The triathlon will be the first 70.3-mile half triathlon competition for the 20-year-old Nemechek.

 

When he is not at the track or at the NEMCO Motorsports shop, Nemechek vigorously trains averaging 15 hours a week on triathlon routines. Running and cycling were already a part of Nemechek’s normal cardio routine, so he has incorporated Brick Training, which combine two of the three triathlon sports in a single workout, as part of his focus on preparing for the PPD IRONMAN 70.3 North Carolina.

 

In the Rearview Mirror: Las Vegas Motor Speedway … John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 8 Berry’s Manufacturing Chevrolet Silverado for NEMCO Motorsports, scored an eighth-place finish in the Vegas 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, September 30, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Nemechek started in the 15th-position in the 29-truck field. The 20-year old finished Stage 1 in the 11th-place, on Lap 35, and was in the third-place by Lap 70. The team’s variant pit strategy placed Nemechek as the leader on Lap 125. Nemechek’s No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado ran out of fuel under caution with 14 laps remaining in the 146-lap event. He headed to pit road for fuel and tires, and then stalled leaving pit road, and his NEMCO Motorsports crew had to push his machine back to the pit stall before pulling away. Although Nemechek stayed on the lead lap, he was in tenth-place on the restart with seven laps remaining. With a dash to the finish, battling side-by-side for position, Nemechek had quickly moved up in the running order before receiving damage from a lapped truck. Unable to close the gap in the remaining laps, Nemechek crossed the finish line in eighth-place.

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs … With his win at the Gateway Motorsports Park on June 17, John Hunter Nemechek claimed NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff eligibility with a victory during the regular season. Nemechek is eighth in the Round of 8 Playoff standings with 14 playoff points.

 

Season-to-date … Through the first 18 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races of the 2017 season, John Hunter Nemechek has completed 2355 of 2706 laps contested (87.0 percent) and has led 100 laps. Nemechek is currently eighth in the driver point standings and sixth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner points. In addition, the NEMCO Motorsports driver has collected two victories (Gateway and Iowa), seven top-five and nine top-10 finishes, has spent 1,910 laps running in the top 15 and has made 514 green-flag passes thus far this season.