Twofold the Nemechek. Triple the good times.
Without precedent for NASCAR history, a dad child pair will race in each of the three of the national arrangement in one end of the week. John Hunter Nemechek and their father, Joe, are set to run the tripleheader at ISM Raceway.
“It’s pretty cool to be able to compete against my dad at the top level of this sport,” John Hunter said a weekend ago at Texas Motor Speedway. “I feel like there’s not many other sports that fathers and sons can say that. … Being able to make history together and run all three together is pretty special.”
The Nemecheks will be in Friday’s Lucas Oil 150 (8:30 p.m. ET, FS1/Fox Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series, Saturday’s Desert Diamond Casino West Valley 200 (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) for the Xfinity Series and Sunday’s Bluegreen Vacations 500 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC/NBC Sports App, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, MRN) for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Joe and John Hunter have gone up against one another before incorporating a few times in both the Xfinity and Gander Trucks Series. Texas was their first time in a Cup Series occasion together.
“This is what my ultimate goal was when I started racing,” the elder Nemecheck said. “And since he started racing, this is what his goal was. He wants to get into Cup.”
“I didn’t know when I would be going to the Cup Series. But with dad, I knew that he wasn’t going to retire any time soon, so I knew he was going to be around for a while.”Said the more youthful Nemechek.
John Hunter completed 21st in their first profession start, assuming control over the No. 36 Front Row Motorsports Ford as Matt Tifft is sidelined for the remainder of the period because of medicinal reasons. Joe was further back in 29th, driving the No. 15 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet as a substitute.
This weekend, John Hunter will be in a similar vehicle and Joe will be in Premium Motorsports’ No. 27.
The last time a dad and child race together in NASCAR’s chief arrangement was 2005, when Bobby and Bobby Hamilton Jr. put 30th and 39th, separately, at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The best a couple has even done was Bobby and Davey Allison in the 1988 Daytona 500 or Lee and Richard Petty at Lakewood Speedway in June 1959 and at Heidelberg Speedway in July 1960 – the two families crossing first and second arranged by names.
“He could care less where I’m at,” Joe said. “Our spotters all keep up with that.”
Joe has been in the game for a long time now. They began in the Xfinity Series in 1989, had their first Cup Series appearing in 1993 and afterward did Gander Trucks Series in 1996. Anything he does now is low maintenance. Joe is really three beginnings from tying Richard Petty’s unequaled 1,185 record, which means he’ll do so once the Cup Series race practices environmental safety.
John Hunter had their Gander Trucks Series debut in 2013, went to the Xfinity Series in 2018, and made their Cup Series debut this year.
Presently, here they are, hustling in each of the three together.
“I’m sure it was a dream he had,” John Hunter said. “It’s not something that I’ve necessarily dreamt about. But looking at the scenario right now, it’s history for our sport, so it’s pretty amazing.”