John Hunter Nemechek had a memorable day in his young racing career with a win and a top-five finish at The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin.
The soon to be 17-year-old won his second JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour 100-lap event and finished fourth in the ARCA Midwest Tour’s Howie Lettow Memorial 150.
Nemechek was hoping to pull off a double, but was satisfied with his results especially in his third run in the 150-lap Super Late Model event.
“Overall it was a good day. Coming out with a fourth-place finish and to be in contention for a top-three finish or a win in the Howie Lettow Memorial 150, it is still a special day,” Nemechek said after the race. “We have tried so hard here and this is our best finish so far at Milwaukee. We learned a lot and hopefully we can put some stuff in the notes to where if we do come back here next year, we will have an even better car.”
Nemechek was also impressed with field of cars in the third annual 150-lap event
“There were a lot of good cars in contention and everyone is catching up on setups. So you have to strive to get more and more information,” Nemechek explained. “You have to test and try different all different kinds of stuff to stay a step ahead of everyone else. That is something we are lacking right now.”
Prior to the Lettow 150, Nemechek competed in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour 100. It was his second start in the series this season and he finished with his perfect record intact by picking up his second win in as many starts.
“I almost wanted to take that car and run it in the Super Late Model race. It was a very good car and it was on rails, like it has been all year. We are two for two in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour now after winning at Watermelon Capital Speedway (in Cordele, GA) in January,” Nemechek said. “It’s been a really good year in that car, especially to get a win at Milwaukee. Coming here is a new deal and having such a good car that our guys prepared for me, it was just unbelievable.”
After racing 250 miles in one day, the longest in his career so far, Nemechek was ready to race again.
“I’m not tired, I am ready to do it again. If we had another race today, I would enter a car in it. I have always loved racing and as long as I can race, the adrenaline will keep me going and won’t ever get tired. It’s really cool.”
This Saturday, John Hunter Nemechek will be back behind the wheel in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis, Missouri. He feels that the laps he completed this past weekend at “America’s Legendary Oval” will help with his upcoming run at Gateway.
“I think this was good practice because one of the corners is like how the corners are here at Milwaukee and the other is kind of banked and really tight,” Nemechek explained. “I think coming here in a Super Late Model first and getting that experience will help next week. I have never been there before and I think it is going to be a fun racetrack. The guys are going to give me a good truck and I will just need to learn the track and go from there.”
After his father, Joe Nemechek, finished third this past Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, John Hunter Nemechek is very optimistic but also realizes that they need to stay competitive.
“We have some momentum going in and we know how good we can run. It shows how competitive we are. We just need to keep that up and stay on our ‘A’ game every week.”
John Hunter Nemechek’s recently finished sixth at Dover. He turns 17 on Wednesday, June 11th and hopes for a top-five finish this Saturday as a late birthday gift.
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