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A Blank Hood on the Car, and Failing to Qualify

California was a long trip out, and a long trip back, all for a shortened weekend.

 

As we do most weekends, we went out to the track with 2 haulers - one with a Sprint Cup primary and backup, the other with the Nationwide primary and backup. The journey was about 4800 miles round trip - some pretty good wear and tear on the equipment.

 

When we left for California, the Nationwide cars had AM FM Energy decals on them. We certainly appreciate what AM FM Energy has done for us over the years.  But the Sprint Cup car was not sponsored, and had a prominently bare hood and rear quarter panels. For some reason, it was very noticeable this weekend. Too noticeable.

 

During practice, we had issues finding speed. Could not get the balance right, and struggled with not having enough horsepower to accelerate into those long Fontana straightaways. We had a setup that should have worked, but without testing and without being able to do car simulations like other teams, we were left to trying to figure out what might be wrong with a bit of trial and error. We've done this before, with quite a lot of success up until this point, but as the parts get older and the other teams start catching up, the room for error keeps getting smaller.

 

We have plans to continue to make performance a bit better each weekend, but the big piece that is missing is sponsorship. With a multi-race or a full year sponsor, we would be able to update our parts inventory, do a bit of testing, and make a huge leap in performance. While we are extremely thankful for the sponsors that we currently have, we are always in search of that larger deal or a steady flow of smaller deals that will take our performance to the next level.

 

Sponsorship at any level helps, and we could go a long way with a collection of smaller sponsors. A large sponsor could certainly get us there faster.  And any size sponsor benefits from getting their name out on this big stage. So if your company can benefit from more customers seeing your company's name, fill out this form or drop us a line at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we'll see if there's a fit. In the mean time, thanks for your continued support!

 

 
Nemechek Welcomes Back AM FM Energy for the Daytona 500

NEMCO Motorsports announced today that AM FM Energy LLC will be the primary sponsor of Joe Nemechek’s NEMCO Motorsports #87 Toyota, running in the Daytona 500 on Sunday February 26, 2012, with an associate sponsorship on the #87 Toyota in the Drive4COPD 300 on Saturday February 25, 2012, both to be run at Daytona International Speedway.

 

With the sponsorship, NEMCO is welcoming AM FM Energy back for a third year.  After Daytona, AM FM Energy will be on both the Sprint Cup Toyota and the Nationwide Toyota on select races throughout the year.

 

“There is nothing that seems to beat the winning combination of our name on the NEMCO team cars,” said Andy Mays, president of AM FM Energy. “Each time we are on the cars, we can see a notable boost in our business and that’s because we know Joe has earned high respect and visibility in NASCAR and has some of the most loyal fans.”

 

For full press release, click here.

 

 
Another Nemechek on the Horizon

Another Nemechek on the Horizon

Source: NASCAR.com

 

When a race car driver can get Kyle Busch's attention -- particularly in a positive way -- he's really done something. When it's a 14-year-old getting high props, it elevates the respect quotient even higher.

 

That was the case for John Hunter Nemechek last weekend as the son of Sprint Cup and Nationwide series owner/driver Joe Nemechek -- in only his second start in a super late model car -- held off eventual Speedfest winner Busch for more than 60 laps at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Ga.

 

Busch told young Nemechek "ur day isn't too far away #staysmoothe" on his Twitter feed shortly after the race. Joe Nemechek, who works with his son on his car as much as his schedule allows, has been with John Hunter for his first two SLM events -- the first of which came at New Smyrna Speedway in Samsula, Fla., about a half-hour south of Daytona International Speedway, earlier this year.

 

At January's Daytona Sprint Cup test, the elder Nemechek smiled and said he enjoyed working with his son's late model cars because teams were still able to twist, tweak and tune them, unlike current Sprint Cup cars, which NASCAR's rules package keep in a pretty tight box "that you can't do anything with," the ever-creative Nemechek said.

 

The teenage Nemechek plans to race the 10-night SLM schedule during February's World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna and his father plans to be there as much as his busy DIS schedule -- where he'll compete in both Cup and Nationwide cars -- allows.

 

 
AM FM Energy is with us for the rest of the season!

It has been a year and a half since the first time that AM FM Energy appeared on the #87 for the Nationwide Bristol race, and since then their business, and our relationship, has grown. I am happy to tell you now that AM FM Energy will sponsor our Nationwide program for the rest of the year, and will also help us out on the Cup side during the rest of the year.

 

Thanks to you, our super-loyal fans, AM FM Energy has seen increased traffic and sales with the sponsorship, which has allowed them to sponsor us for more races. I've always said my fans know how it works and support our sponsors, and this just proves it.

 

So here's the deal: go to AM FM Energy's website by clicking here, take a look at the pellet & wood stoves, BBQ grills, and all the other stuff that they have. If you are looking to save on your heating bills this winter, buy one of their stoves. Let's show them our thanks by buying what they have to offer. And if we do this enough, AM FM Energy will be able to keep us racing!

 

I'd like to thank you for supporting AM FM Energy to this point. It certainly shows I have the best and most loyal fans out there. Now let's support them some more and keep them coming back!

 

 
Nationwide Program Going Well

We've all been working as hard as we can on the Nationwide program, and we're starting to get the finishes that we've been working so hard to get. With the 7th place finish this week (my second top-10 this year), it seems like our hard work is starting to pay off.

 

We're still working on a limited budget, using older cars and older equipment and getting the most out of it. We've had some sponsorship help along the way that I appreciate very much, but we are still looking to secure sponsorship for the rest of the year. Hoping that these finishes we've been getting will be noticed by potential sponsors.

 

We're also trying to help those around us where we can. Recently we helped the Mooresville Soup Kitchen by supporting Richard Lima in his effort to raise money, and encourage more to help. Visit http://twitter.com/running4hunger to help.

 

We also have tickets for the Watkins Glen Sprint Cup race on August 14th. Send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if interested.

 

 
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