16 Year Old Nemechek has High Hopes for Weekend
John Hunter Nemechek would like to become the greatest NASCAR driver of all time. He doesn’t mean that lightly either. He’s said it in several media sessions throughout the year in both his NASCAR K&N Pro Series and Super Late Model media sessions.
The 16-year-old is a second-generation racer and the son of Sprint Cup veteran Joe Nemechek — so you would think John would aim to be a lot his 20-race winning father, right?
Jeff Gordon? Jimmie Johnson? Kyle Busch maybe?
“I don’t know if I want to be like any of those guys,” Nemechek said. “I want to be better than all of them.”
It sounds awfully conceited those who know the younger Nemechek will recognize that as a byproduct of his ambition and work ethic, instilled by his family and the sincere desire to be the best.
He hopes to bolster his chances by winning the first-ever Southern Super Series championship and enters the weekend doubleheader at Pensacola and Mobile third in the standings behind Daniel Hemric and Bubba Pollard.
Due to his experience in the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in December, Nemechek has to be considered one of the favorites. He qualified on the outside pole for that event and led most of the early portion of that race before an accident eliminated his chances
“I like this place a lot,” Nemechek said of Pensacola. “We were good here in the Derby.
He’s been good at Mobile too.
He’s yet to score a win at the track but has led at the halftime break on two different occasions and was within a few laps of winning at the track in the Great Race 125 last month. Most believe that he’s just a few steps away from consistently scoring victories and perhaps contending for the championship deep into the season.
“It was just disappointing to lose that race,” Nemechek said. “We too tight in and loose off – we adjusted at the breaks and it worked out for the most part, we just have a little bit more to work on for next time.”
Nemechek and the Southern Super Series highlights a stacked lineup that includes the Alabama Pipe and Supply Modifieds, Bob’s Speed Shop Sportsman, Island Motor II Bombers and Halls Motorsports’ Motorcycles.