Saturday, October 21, 2023

John Hunter Nemechek – Double Duty

John Hunter Nemechek – Double Duty

Nemechek to pull double duty in South Florida


John Hunter Nemechek, who is currently leading the Xfinity Series standings, will have a full weekend ahead of him at Homestead-Miami Speedway as he will be pulling double duty.


After running in the Contender Boats 300, he will get behind the wheel of the No. 42 Chevrolet for Legacy Motorsports (the car he will drive full time next season) for his first start in the Cup Series of the 2023 season. He’s made a total of 40 starts in the Cup Series (2019, 2020, 2022), posting three top 10s.


His last start in the Cup Series was last season at Homestead where he finished 27th.

Homestead-Miami Speedway Stats

  • NCS: Starts: 3; 
    • Best Start: 4th (2022); 
    • Best Finish: 19th (2020)
  • NXS: Starts: 2; 
    • Best Start: 3rd (2018); 
    • Best Finish: 3rd (2018); 
    • Top-5s: 1; 
    • Top-10s: 2; 
    • Laps Led: 52
  • NCTS: Starts: 5; 
    • Best Start: 2nd (2015); 
    • Best Finish: 2nd (2015); 
    • Top-5s: 1; 
    • Top-10s: 2; 
    • Laps Led: 24


2023 NASCAR Xfinity Series Season Stats

  • Starts: 30; Wins: 7 
    • (Auto Club, Martinsville I, Atlanta I, New Hampshire, Michigan, Kansas II, Texas);
  • Poles: 2 
    • (Darlington I & Darlington II);
  • Top-5s: 16,
  • Top-10s: 23;
  • Current Points Position: 1st (+47)

Homestead Experience: Nemechek has competed in 10 races across NASCAR's three national series at Homestead-Miami Speedway, including three Cup Series starts, two Xfinity Series starts, and five Truck Series starts. Last year, he drove in a one-off Cup race with 23XI Racing, marking his only start to date with the NextGen car. He took to the car quickly, qualifying in fourth and driving in the top-five throughout the day. An early spin relegated Nemechek to a 27th-place finish, but the added track time was certainly a positive note. Prior to that race, he attended an organizational test session at the track, where he made laps for two full days which helped lay the groundwork for a solid weekend.


Quoting John Hunter Nemechek: How valuable will this race be to prepare you for next season, when you make your return to Cup full-time?


"I think having this opportunity will be huge for us. When I raced in the Cup Series before, it was with the older-style Gen 6 car, so I don't have all that much experience with the NextGen car. There's been so much cooperation to be able to pull this off, whether that be from between the manufacturers and both of the teams, and I'm really thankful that everyone was able to work together to make this possible. We're not going to put much pressure on ourselves this weekend, but I'll look at it more as a great opportunity to learn and prepare. I had a chance to run this race last year, but a lot has changed since then that I'll likely still need to get acclimated. With the small amount of practice that I'll have, I'll definitely lean on Luke (Lambert)'s experience and talk in-depth with Erik (Jones). We still have a championship to fight for on Saturday, so I don't want to take anything away from my No. 20 guys, but I am really looking forward to stepping in the No. 42 car for the first time this weekend."




source: Legacy Motor Club Media

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