John Hunter Nemechek is set to join GMS Racing in 2019.
The 21-year old who we’ve seen in NASCAR since 2013 when at the young age of 16 he made his first truck series start will have the opportunity to race for a championship. After years with his family team at NEMCO, JHN moved to Ganassi in 2018 to run a part-time Xfinity schedule. He capitalized on that opportunity by winning earlier this year at Kansas. Now he’ll have a full season to go for wins and the championship.
When Spencer Gallagher announced his surprising (was it?) retirement earlier this season people immediately wondered who would be in the #23 car next season. It’s a top-tier program that is really only missing top-notch talent. No offense to Spencer Galapagos but even he knows there are guys more talented than him. Hence why he has hired JHN.
There was a time a year or two ago where many people wondered if JHN’s career was going to burn out before it ever got going. He was rumored to be in play at JRM before his run-in with Cole Custer in Canada. He was then stuck in career purgatory for a bit. NEMCO was strong enough to make the NASCAR Truck Series playoff/contend for the championship but they didn’t have that top-notch performance to get them there. Chip Ganassi threw him a career lifeline and the kid ran with it.
Nemechek has the opportunity to be a real force in the Xfinity Series next year. The #23 car is strong, with a regular driver and one that seems to get the most out of his equipment look for him to contend for the title. On GMS’ side, they have the opportunity to form the future of the company around JHN. It’s no secret they want to go cup racing soon, they nearly bought Furniture Row Racing earlier this year. JHN is young, he’s a talent and someone you can build around.
There was no mention as to who the crew chief will be but hopefully, it’s no one from NEMCO and someone with a calculator that can figure out fuel mileage. Preferably a guy who won’t run the car out with 13 laps to go and be shocked. CARRY THE DECIMAL, GERE. (I assume that pronounced like Gary?)
Maybe this will be a boost for NEMCO too. GMS trucks are incredibly strong, NEMCO is strong, why not join the two? Either way, Joe Nemechek has to be a happy dad.
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