When one door closes, another door opens: the journey and evolution of John Hunter Nemechek continues. The 2018 NASCAR season announcement is coming soon. pic.twitter.com/a7PxCHdhu2
— John Hunter Nemechek (@JHNemechek) December 5, 2017
Where in the world is John Hunter Nemechek going? Does not roll off the tongue like Carmen San Diego, might want to fix that JHN.
It really looks like he won’t be back in the #8 truck in 2018. He calmly but reluctantly closes the garage door on the NEMCO shop while wearing his fire suit as if it is everyday casual wear. Yeezy Season 7 will no doubt have a fire suit in it. JHN closes the door and heads to his Rocky Mountain outfitted Chevy Silverado to head on to the next open door. One door didn’t close John, you closed it. Lift that door right back up and you have another open door. Just saying, you have options, pal.
Where Is JHN Going?
If you go by the ladder system JHN is headed up to the Xfinity series. Problem with that is the lack of open seats available that are competitive or even remotely competitive. JHN has made his career out of taking sub par equipment to victory lane. What he has done at NEMCO has been nothing short of extrodinary. So where does he go?
The most obvious choice has to be GMS Racing. Either in the Truck series or Xfinity series, either would be a good fit for JHN. With Kaz Grala moving to the Xfinity series with JGL in 2018, that leaves a seat open for JHN. GMS uses Hendrick engines on the truck side and is only one year removed from winning a truck championship. A vast step up from what JHN was driving at NEMCO.
Another option within GMS would be a second Xfinity car. The team said they want to run two full time cars in 2018. Spencer Gallagher races the current full time car, when he isn’t crashing the car has some speed. GMS buys cars from JR Motorsport who won the championship this year and went 1-2-3 in the final standings. JHN stepping into the second GMS car would be a gigantic step up for him. By Atlanta he would be the lead driver in the team.
Chip Ganassi Racing
Tyler Reddick left his part time role in the #42 car for a full time ride at JR Motorsports in the #9 car vacated by William Byron. No driver has been announced as a partner to Kyle Larson yet, maybe JHN ends up there? The #42 car won with 3 of the 4 drivers that raced it in 2017. A very competitive car with a ton of resources.
Also there is a chance Brennan Poole doesn’t return to the #48 in 2018. JHN could slide in there. A part-time schedule in the #42 though is a hell of an opportunity to prove himself.
There is also a chance that JHN could move to a smaller Xfinity team. He has made his career so far cutting his teeth as they like to say in underfunded equipment. JD Motorsports or RSS could easily slide him into a car. However it would almost feel like a step back. JHN can win in the Truck series with NEMCO, he can’t do that with an underfunded Xfinity ride.
Dale Coyne Racing
Listen, everyone knows Dale Coyne has a second seat available after Ed Jones left. JHN is a race car driver, why not throw the kid in an IndyCar and hope for the best. Better yet! Let’s join NEMCO and DCR into one company, combine the two industrial park warehouses converted into race shops and we’ll have one big happy underfunded family. This is what dreams are made of.
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