John Hunter Nemechek
GMS Racing
2018 Fantasy Outlook
With Larson being pulled back to just seven starts per the new Xfinity Series rules, the team had to go out and hire a dependable young gun driver to fill most of the void for the remaining schedule. Ganassi called on truck series up-and-comer Nemechek to fill that void. The driver rotation in 2017 yielded five victories, with three of those coming from Larson, so Nemechek will be expected to shoulder most of that burden in the upcoming season. The 20-year-old talent has amassed five victories, 38 Top-10 finishes and a pair of eighth-place points finishes in the last four seasons of racing in the Camping World Truck Series. He will really get to show off in his heavy schedule for this strong race team. Nemechek is no Kyle Larson, but with this team there won't be too much of a falloff behind the wheel. Read Past Outlooks
Sponsor Re-Signs
XFINITY Series
January 18, 2019
GMS Racing announced that Fire Alarm Services, Inc., a provider in a superior fire, life safety, and security services, will serve as primary sponsor for Nemechek and the No. 23 GMS Racing team in 13 NASCAR Xfinity Series races in 2019, GMS Racing PR reports.
ANALYSIS
This is good news for the incoming rookie driver. GMS has retained Fire Alarm Services as a primary sponsor on the team's No. 23 Chevrolet for this season. They have been a corporate partner of Nemechek's since the 2016 season. FAS will pick up primary sponsorship of the team's car for 13 events in the upcoming season, starting at Daytona and ending in the season finale at Homestead. Nemechek is gearing up for a Rookie of the Year run in the Xfinity Series, and a shot at the championship.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2014
Nemechek will return to the Camping World Truck Series once again in 2017. He'll pilot the same No. 8 Chevrolet that he has the past two seasons. Nemechek posted great numbers last year with two victories and 11 Top-10 finishes. The performance was good enough to grab eighth-place in the final driver standings. The 19-year-old should have learned a few new tricks now with over 50 starts under his belt, and should be ready to move the bar higher in the coming season. Nemechek will once again be paired with crew chief, Gere Kennon, and the two should continue to surprise the larger teams in the truck series. This young driver and team have a lot of growth left, so don't be surprised to see them win more races and qualify for this division of NASCAR's Chase for the Cup playoff.
Nemechek has done nothing less than rocket upward since joining the truck series in 2013. Now that he’s 18-years-old, he will only get better. Last year he claimed his first victory with the win at Chicago and he nabbed 10 Top-10 finishes in just an 18-race slate. It’s assumed that he’ll return to the No. 8 Chevrolet in 2016, but those plans haven’t been made formal yet. If Nemechek can mount a full season, he could produce some big and impressive numbers. The young driver has made it known that he may have to find a bigger team in the Camping World Truck Series in order to keep growing, so we wouldn’t rule out a move. However, his talent dictates that it matters little where he ends up racing this season.
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Eligible for Rookie of the Year
XFINITY Series
December 15, 2018
NASCAR has approved Nemechek and Chase Briscoe to compete for the Xfinity Series Rookie of the Year title in 2019, NBC Sports has confirmed.
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Joins GMS Racing
XFINITY Series
December 6, 2018
GMS Racing announced that Nemechek will join the team for the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season. Nemechek will be the driver of the No. 23 Chevrolet Camaro under the GMS Racing banner and will contend for the 2019 Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors, GMS Racing PR reports.
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Possible to GMS Racing
XFINITY Series
November 21, 2018
Nemechek is on the move. After a limited XFINITY Series schedule with Chip Ganassi Racing this season, he'll jump to GMS Racing in 2019 frontstretch.com reports.
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Third in Ford EcoBoost 300
XFINITY Series
November 17, 2018
Nemechek finished third in the Ford EcoBoost 300 Xfinity Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway Saturday afternoon.
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Wins Xfinity Pole at Phoenix
XFINITY Series
November 10, 2018
Nemechek won the pole for the Whelen Trusted To Perform 200 Xfinity Series race at ISM Raceway Saturday. He turned a fast lap of 133.482 mph.
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