NEMCO Motorsports will reunite with Chevrolet as Joe Nemechek and John Hunter Nemechek join Team Chevy beginning with the 2015 NASCAR season. NEMCO Motorsports' teams will compete with Chevrolet Silverados in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). In addition, the NEMCO Motorsports Late Model program will also feature the iconic manufacturer.


The move to Chevrolet represents a return for NEMCO Motorsports, as team owner Joe Nemechek raced with Chevrolet from 1991 to 2011. Through three of NASCAR’s top national touring series (Sprint Cup Series, Xfinity Series, and Camping World Truck Series) with Chevrolet, Nemechek and NEMCO Motorsports have earned 19 victories (18 in the Xfinity Series and one in the Camping World Truck Series) and 15 pole positions (14 in the Xfinity Series and one in the Camping World Truck Series).


Joe Nemechek is excited about the move to Chevrolet.


“We look forward to joining the Chevrolet NASCAR program this season," he said. “I've had a long-term relationship with Chevrolet for the majority of my career and I look forward to continuing that relationship.”


Nemechek won 18 races with the manufacturer since he first began fielding Chevrolets in the Xfinity Series in 1991, and winning the 1992 NASCAR Xfinity Series driver and owner championship en route to the manufacturers' championship for Chevrolet.


In 2015, John Hunter Nemechek returns to the No. 8 SWM-NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet, sharing driving duties with his father until he turns 18-years old, when he plans to compete in the remainder of the truck series schedule beginning at Kentucky Speedway on July 9.


The No. 8 has 153 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts with Chevrolet, including 27 starts with his uncle, the late, John Nemechek, an aspiring driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.


The NEMCO Motorsports’ switch to Chevrolet includes the conversion to ECR Engines to supply the team with horsepower for the 2015 season.


"This is a big step for our team and I look forward to working with Chevrolet and the guys at ECR Engines for a competitive season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series," John Hunter Nemechek said. “I have never worked with them (ECR Engines) before, but I look forward to building a relationship with them and running up front in 2015.”



2014 was by far one of the most anticipated years for everyone at NEMCO Motorsports as they began their first full season racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS).  Announcing a partnership with Sid and Dawna Mauldin of Pampa, TX and with support from their SWM International organization, SWM-NEMCO Motorsports took form.


It was an exciting year for NEMCO drivers as well.  Joe and John Hunter Nemechek reached a new summit in not only their relationship as father and son, but as racing teammates.  For the first time in NASCAR history, a father and son duo shared the same ride and in their first year as a team, combined for a total of two top-five (one each) and 15 top-10 finishes en route to a seventh-place finish in owner standings.


In addition to their NASCAR program, NEMCO continued to develop their Pro and Super late model program as well starting the year off in fine fashion with a pro late model victory by John Hunter at the Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, GA in January.


Joe kicked off the NASCAR season in the No. 8 truck at Daytona International Speedway in February with an eighth-place effort, followed by John Hunter’s 11th-place performance at Martinsville Speedway in March.


Joe took the next two stints logging a ninth and 11th at Kansas Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway respectively and John Hunter turned in the first of many exciting performances picking up his career-best finish of sixth at Dover International Speedway.  Joe one-upped him with his third-place run and first laps led of the season at Texas, just to be challenged by John Hunter’s head-turning performance at Gateway Motorsports Park where he led 53 of 160 laps.  A late-race altercation relegated him to a 15th-place finish.


The middle portion of the season would bring a 14th at Kentucky Speedway, two consecutive 10th-place runs at Pocono Raceway and Michigan Speedway and a ninth-place performance at Chicagoland Speedway for Joe, while John Hunter collected a 10th, sixth, 25th and another sixth-place finish at Iowa Speedway, Eldora Speedway, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and Bristol Motor Speedway, respectively.


The action heated up again in September as 17-year old John Hunter captured his first NCWTS career top-five at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  His final two races brought finishes of 13th and seventh at Martinsville Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway, while Joe rounded out the season with a 17th and 10th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, as well as eighth-place runs in each of his final two events at Texas Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway.


John Hunter stayed busy with late model racing while free from NASCAR duties and picked up four additional Pro Late Model wins at Milwaukee Mile, Lucas Oil Raceway Park and Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.  His crowning achievement of the season came on December 7 when he claimed his biggest victory to date, winning the prestigious Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL.  It was his first Super late model career win.


2014 also brought expansion to NEMCO by way of a new driver for the late model division.  In October, it was announced that 19-year old Dominique Van Wieringen would join the team beginning with the Snowflake 100 during the Derby weekend in December where she raced to a 14th-place finish.  Hailing from Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada, Dominique is currently pursuing her Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and is in her sophomore year.  She will run select Pro and Super late model events under the NEMCO banner in 2015 as she continues both her studies and her progression in racing.


Early 2015 brought news of a complete transition to Chevrolet for NEMCO Motorsports as well as another twist to the dynamic of the father-son NCWTS effort.  With John Hunter turning 18 in June, he will be cleared by NASCAR to compete on all tracks and will take over the remainder of the events in the No. 8 Silverado.  This paves the way for a much anticipated on-track battle between the two as Joe plans to run select events in the second half of the season in his familiar No. 87.   NEMCO Motorsports will field entries for Joe to compete in select Xfinity Series races in 2015 as well.


NEMCO Motorsports To Expand Late Model Program In 2015

-Signed 19-Year Old Dominique Van Wieringen as Driver-


NEMCO Motorsports announced today plans to expand their late model program to include a second driver who will compete in a full-time Pro and Super Late Model Series effort in 2015.


19-year old Dominique Van Wieringen, a native of Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada, has been named as driver and will become an active figure at the race shop as the team prepares for her first outing at the Snow Flake Derby in Pensacola, Fla. in December, NEMCO Motorsports president Joe Nemechek today confirmed.


“We feel like we have some of the best late model equipment out there and are ready to contend for the win every time we hit the track,” said Nemechek.  “We’ve seen Dominique race at several events and feel like she’ll be a great fit to expand our program.  Being able to start at this level and help young drivers grow is just going to enhance our efforts in the truck series and beyond.”


NEMCO Motorsports, which is operated by Nemechek and his family, has been active in NASCAR for nearly 25 years and boasts 25 wins on the NASCAR circuit.  Today, father Joe and son, John Hunter, represent the team on the track racing in all three of NASCAR’s national series and have shared driving duties in the No. 8 Toyota Tundra this season.  Plans for 2015 include John Hunter, who has four late model wins this season to his credit, continuing to run in select late model events as he furthers his progression in the NASCAR ranks.


“We started NEMCO Motorsports in the late 1980’s and have been fortunate to grow into one of NASCAR’s premier teams over the years,” Nemechek continued.  “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Dominique aboard and we look forward to rounding out our efforts to include a strong showing at the grass roots level as well. “


Van Wieringen, who resides in Charlotte, NC, is currently working toward a Mechanical Engineering degree at University of North Carolina at Charlotte as a sophomore.  She has been a mainstay on the JEGS/CRA circuit and a standout at Springport (MI) Speedway where she claimed the 2012 Outlaw Super Late Model Championship.


“When I’ve raced against the NEMCO Motorsports team in the past, it’s been clear that they had a system going that was better than most and that this was a team of driven racers that wanted to win,” said Van Wieringen.  “This group strives to be the best of the best and that is what I aspire for as well.  I’m thankful for the opportunity and look forward to moving my racing career another step forward and bringing the continued knowledge I get from my schooling at UNCC.  I’m confident in my abilities as a driver and feel like this will be a win-win.  I look forward to the upcoming year and to growing within the NEMCO Motorsports family.”


Van Wieringen’s other accomplishments include being the first woman to lead a lap and win in the JEGS/CRA All Stars Series, the first rookie to win a JEGS/CRA All Starts Series points race, 2011 Spartan (MI) Speedway Outlaw Super Late Model Rookie of the Year, 2008 WKA Regional Karting Series Junior Driver of the Year and 2007 ELKT Rotax Junior Series Karting Champion.


NEMCO Motorsports will field the No. 5 late model for Van Wieringen and will make an announcement later next month regarding sponsorship for their late model program.  NEMCO Motorsports’ 2015 plans will continue to include running a full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and select events in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.


Bully Hill Vineyards To Sponsor Nemechek in Fred's 250 at Talladega

-Looking to Continue Winning Traditions of NEMCO Motorsports and Bully Hill Vineyards-


NEMCO Motorsports announced today that its No. 8 Toyota Tundra driven by Joe Nemechek will be sponsored by Bully Hill Vineyards for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, October 18, 2014.


NEMCO Motorsports, which is operated by Nemechek and his family, has been active in NASCAR for nearly 25 years and boasts 25 wins on the NASCAR circuit. Today, father Joe and son, John Hunter, represent the team on the track racing in all three of NASCAR's national series and have shared driving duties in the No. 8 Tundra this season.


While this will be the first time Joe Nemechek will carry the colors of Bully Hill Vineyards, the partnership between NEMCO Motorsports and the Hammondsport, NY winery carries a rich racing history that dates back 15 years. From 1999-2001, the duo collected a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win, two NASCAR Nationwide Series wins and a runner-up finish in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race with driver Ron Fellows at Watkins Glen International. Coupled with Nemechek's penchant for drafting and past successes at Talladega Superspeedway, the time is right for a return to victory lane.


"We're excited to be working with Bully Hill Vineyards again and we like our chances this weekend," said Nemechek. "We've been knocking on the door this season with top-five's and solid runs and we feel confident that the win is right around the corner. I think you'll see the same guys up front who are strong in this series every week but anything can happen in the draft so the plan is to stay out in front and out of trouble. We've had a lot of success when we've had Bully Hill Vineyards on our race cars and trucks and we're ready to take them to victory lane again."


"Bully Hill Vineyards is proud to partner with Joe Nemechek and NEMCO Motorsports for the Fred's 250 at Talladega Superspeedway," said Sean King, Marketing Director of Bully Hill Vineyards. "We have been working with Joe for over 15 years and this partnership demonstrates our commitment to motorsports and the racing community. We wish the No. 8 team the best of luck."


Bully Hill Vineyards is a family owned winery in Hammondsport, NY, in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region. Bully Hill produces over 40 different wines, all from grapes grown in NY. Currently the winery produces 250,000 cases of wine annually, with distribution in over 20 states. The Estate is quite the eclectic community with a two story gift shop featuring apparel, wine accessories and unique locally made gifts. A restaurant with a beautiful view of Keuka Lake, serving a range of cuisine from seafood to smoked barbecue, freshly prepared salads and other seasonal favorites. And last but not least a tasting room with fun and educational wine tastings and an experience you won't forget.


More information can be found about Bully Hill Vineyards


A Week in Chicagoland

It was certainly a busy week in the windy city last week!


Thanks to a newly-formed partnership with Jewel-Osco, we were able to proudly wear the Jewel-Osco logo on the track, and got to spend time with their employees and our fans in various stores in Chicagoland.


It was a whirlwind tour, but I got to talk to fans and sign some very cool souvenirs, all with the hospitality of Jewel-Osco and their great employees.


The Camping World Truck Series race was also a whirlwind. We had a little trouble early on that put us mid pack, and the truck just didn't do as well in the dirty air back there. So we took a chance with a 2 tire stop to regain track position and came out 2nd. Some trucks with 4 new tires were able to get around us, but it gave us the position improvement we needed. I was able to finish 9th for an all-around good day.


We couldn't do this without our sponsors and without our fans. We appreciate all, and we really appreciate when fans support our sponsors!


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