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Race Preview — Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions

📁 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Race Preview 🕔01.November 2017
Race Preview — Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions

Event:                    Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions

Date:                      Saturday, October 28, 2017

Venue:                 Martinsville (Va.) Speedway

 

NEMCO Motorsports’ NASCAR Camping World Truck Series History at the Martinsville Speedway … With two entries, this weekend will mark NEMCO Motorsports’ 11th and 12th respective NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the .526-mile paperclip-oval track. The organization earned a team best finish of second-place at the short track twice with John Hunter Nemechek on October 31, 2015, and on April 2, 2016. Ten starts at the Martinsville Speedway have earned NEMCO Motorsports an average starting position of 15.2 and an average finish of 13.1.

 

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 125 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 57 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 14.2 and an average finishing position of 13.9.

 

Collective NEMCO Motorsports … In this season’s 19 events, NEMCO Motorsports’ two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entries have posted two victories (Gateway and Iowa), eight top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. The NEMCO Motorsports-prepared Chevrolet Silverados have completed 2,971 laps and have lead 100 of those laps. John Hunter Nemechek and Joe Nemechek rank fourth and 27th 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 Martinsville Speedway, with one pole award (1993), two top-five and two top-10 finishes in nine starts. In 38 starts at the Martinsville Speedway, “Front Row” Joe Nemechek, is credited with one pole award (1999), and one top-10 finish in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS). John Nemechek had two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the .526-mile track, finishing in the ninth-place on September 25, 1995.

 

Nemechek, the Triathlete … The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff contender competed in the PPD IRONMAN 70.3 North Carolina on October 21 in Wilmington, N.C. John Hunter Nemechek finished fourth in the 18-24 year old male grouping, with an overall time of 4:53:26. This 70.3-mile half triathlon competition was a first for 20-year-old Nemechek.

 

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 Martinsville Speedway for a question and answer session with John Hunter Nemechek on Friday, October 27 at 4:30 p.m. (ET).Nemechek is scheduled to participate in an autograph session with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series from 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. (ET) on Friday at the Martinsville Speedway, located in front of the Martinsville Speedway ticket office building.

 

Catch the Action … The Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions will be broadcast live on FS1 on Saturday, October 28 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 20th event of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule will air Saturday at 10:00 a.m. (ET) on FS1. In addition, the practice session on Friday, October 27 will be televised live on FS1 at 1:00 p.m. (ET), as well as the final practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at 3:00 p.m. (ET).

 

John Hunter Nemechek

No. 8 Fire Alarm Services Inc., Chevrolet Silverado

 

This Week’s NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado at the Martinsville Speedway … John Hunter Nemechek will pilot Chassis No. 034 in the Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions at the Martinsville Speedway. The Gere Kennon-led team last unloaded this NEMCO Motorsports prepared chassis at the Bristol (Va.) Motor Speedway on August 16 where Nemechek finished in the third-position after starting 14th in the chassis’ second appearance of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Since 2014, Chassis No. 034 has an average finishing position of 10.8 in 14 starts at the Martinsville Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Gateway Motorsports Park, Bristol Motor Speedway and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The chassis has six previous starts at the Martinsville Speedway with Nemechek.

 

Sound the Alarm … Breast Cancer awareness returns to John Hunter Nemechek’s paint scheme as Fire Alarm Services, Inc., 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, and again at the Martinsville Speedway. 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 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.

 

Paperclip Review … This weekend marks John Hunter Nemechek’s ninth Martinsville Speedway appearance with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Mooresville, N.C., driver has earned an average starting position of 14.4 and an average finishing position of 13.0 at the .526-mile track. Nemechek has led for a total of 50 laps at the historic track. In addition, Nemechek made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut on October 26, 2013 at the Virginia short track behind the wheel of the No. 22 family-owned machine.

 

Short Track Stats: In 16 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts on short tracks (less than one mile in length), John Hunter Nemechek has recorded one win, six top-five and nine top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 11.7 and an average finish of 10.6 on these racetracks.

 

Race Rewind: Martinsville Speedway … Due to a parts failure at the Martinsville Speedway, John Hunter Nemechek, the driver of the No. 8 D.A.B. Constructors, Inc., Chevrolet Silverado, finished in the 28th-place in the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on April 1. After starting in the 12th-place in the 32-truck field, Nemechek finished the first 70 lap segment in the tenth position, and continued to show strength while climbing all the way to fourth before an ignition wire failure resulted in a caution on Lap 119, a misfortune that forced Nemechek to unexpectedly drive to the garage. His crew immediately went to work on the Chevrolet Silverado. It took 37 laps to complete the repairs but it was too late and he was unable to overcome the deficit, however, crew chief Gere Kennon was able to resolve the faulty part and Nemechek returned to track. On Lap 140 Nemechek returned to pit road, and persevered at the end of the race to be the fastest truck on track while 23 laps down.

 

In the Rearview Mirror: Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway … John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 8 Fire Alarm Services, Inc., Chevrolet Silverado for NEMCO Motorsports, scored a six-place finish in the fred’s 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the Talladega Superspeedway on October 14. Nemechek started in the 15th-position in the 31-truck field. On Lap 20, the conclusion of Stage 1, Nemechek was scored in seventh-place holding position until the end of Stage 2 on Lap 40. Caught in a five-truck incident on Lap 54, Nemechek was left with a badly damaged but salvageable No. 8 Fire Alarm Services, Inc., Chevrolet. The caution flag waved for the fifth time on Lap 91, sending the race into overtime. Nemechek was in the 12th-place for the final restart – needing to finish in the 12th-place or higher to advance in the Round of 6 Playoff. An incident on the final lap brought out the yellow flag one more time, and Nemechek finished under caution in the sixth-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 fourth in the Round of 6 Playoff standings with 14 playoff points – tied with Matt Crafton. Crafton is scored in third-place due to the highest finish in the previous round.

 

Season-to-date … Through the first 19 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races of the 2017 season, John Hunter Nemechek has completed 2450 of 2801 laps contested (87.5 percent) and has led 100 laps. Nemechek is currently fourth in the driver point standings and fifth 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 10 top-10 finishes, has spent 1,986 laps running in the top 15 and has made 575 green-flag passes thus far this season.

 

Ty Dillon

No. 87 The Gracie Foundation, Inc., Chevrolet Silverado

This Week’s NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado at the Martinsville Speedway … Ty Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 036 in the Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions at the Martinsville Speedway. The Gere Kennon-led team last unloaded this NEMCO Motorsports prepared chassis at the Eldora Speedway on July 19, where John Hunter Nemechek finished in the fifth-place after starting in the sixth-place in the chassis’ second appearance of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Joe Nemechek finished in the 18th-place in the chassis at the Martinsville Speedway in April, after starting in the 21st-place.

 

The Gracie Foundation, Inc. … The Gracie Foundation, Inc., based in Naples, Fla., with a fulfilment center in North Carolina, was inspired by Gail “Gracie” Germain’s personal battle with Breast Cancer. The Gracie Foundation’s mission is to “gift” women currently undergoing treatment for any type of cancer by directly delivering a variety of items to cancer centers. These “Gracie Gifts” are intended to bring strength, hope, and positive energy to brave women.

 

NASCAR’s Oldest Venue … This weekend marks Ty Dillon’s sixth Martinsville Speedway appearance with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Welcome, N.C., driver has earned an average starting position of 7.0 and an average finishing position of 15.0 at the .526-mile track. Dillon has led for a total of 18 laps at the paper clip-shaped track. Dillon made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Martinsville Speedway debut on March 31, 2012.

 

In Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) at the Martinsville Speedway, Ty Dillon is credited with one start, finishing in the 22nd-place on April 2.

 

Short Track Stats: In 12 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts on short tracks (less than one mile in length), Ty Dillon has recorded four top-five and six top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 8.8 and an average finish of 12.8 on these racetracks.

 

TY Dillon QUOTE (ON Martinsville Speedway.):

“I’m looking forward to racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the Martinsville Speedway again. This is a special opportunity for me to get some extra miles at Martinsville ahead of my race on Sunday in the GEICO Chevy SS. It’s also a great way to promote The Gracie Foundation, Inc., during National Breast Cancer awareness month. The Gracie Foundation, Inc., was created by the late Gail Sommer Germain to share hope, strength and positive energy with women while they are going through their personal treatment plans to battle their cancers.”

 

“Martinsville Speedway always produces competitive racing, and Joe Nemechek and his group are known for making fast trucks. I can’t wait to get No. 87 The Gracie Foundation, Inc., Silverado on track this weekend.”