As they continue their season of sharing a full-time ride in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the father-son duo of Joe Nemechek and John Hunter Nemechek head to Texas Motor Speedway with a little extra incentive this weekend in the WinStar World Casino & Resort 400.
Joe Nemechek co-owns the SWM-NEMCO Motorsports truck team with Texas native Sid Mauldin. Mauldin is currently battling cancer and is receiving treatment at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. The Nemecheks have been featuring the logo on their truck recently.
“We’re looking forward to heading to Texas this weekend where our co-owners, Sid and Dawna Mauldin, call home and have their business so we’re really motivated to do well in their ‘stomping grounds,’” said the elder Nemechek. “I’ve always enjoyed running at Texas and we have a win and a few top-five finishes there so it’ll be exciting to race it for the first time in a truck. We’re having a great time running the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and coming off the weekend we had with John Hunter at Dover this past weekend, everyone on the team is excited and ready to go.”
The father-son team has done well this season splitting the No. 8 Toyota Tundra as Joe races in events that John Hunter is not eligible (at 16 years old, John Hunter can only run track under 1.25 miles in length). The truck is currently seventh in owner points and just nine points out of second place.
Joe scored a season-best finish of eighth at Daytona, while John Hunter finished sixth last weekend at Dover. Joe Nemechek has a total of 42 NASCAR starts at Texas Motor Speedway but this will be his first in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He has one win at TMS – in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on March 29, 2003.