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Joe Nemechek Still Chasin' the Dream

Joe Nemechek Still Chasin' the Dream

Source: ESPN

 

If the floor of his race shop isn't swept to his satisfaction, Joe Nemechek sweeps it. If parts need to be fetched from a vendor for either his Sprint Cup or Nationwide series cars, Joe Nemechek will likely be the one doing the fetching, unless he's busy updating his website with bylined news releases.

 

Or unless he's under a deadline machining parts for the Super Late Model car his son, John Hunter, will drive on a given weekend. And then there are sponsor calls. Lots of them.

 

Times are better, financially, for the 49-year-old driver/owner/everything else, but that doesn't mean they're easier, he said.

 

Such is the life of the modern NASCAR driver/owner/hustler. Few in NASCAR do both as vigorously and consistently as Nemechek in the shadows of the megateams that rule the sport.

 

"Every day is a challenge and I look at it as an opportunity," Nemechek said. "We have a small group of guys [at NEMCO Motorsports]. We're in a partnership this year with Jay Robinson and we've been able to run all the Cup races so far. We're building."

 

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Why His Heart Still Races

Why His Heart Still Races

Source: Inside Polk Magazine

 

Many children have sworn up and down that a career as a professional ballet dancer or an astronomer was an achievable target. It may have included the desire to share artistic expression or explore the expanse of space. When young Joe Nemechek got a taste of racing, he, quite simply, put his foot on the gas and never looked back.

 

Joseph Frank Nemechek III and his family moved to Lakeland when he was about 6. Growing up near Cleveland Heights in the 70s, he recalls the area being undeveloped and where he could have great fun playing. “There were many orange groves nearby at the time,” said Nemechek, a graduate of Santa Fe Catholic High School. “Dad owned Master Machine & Tool in Mulberry. When I was eight or nine, my brothers, John and Mark, and I would go and try to build go-karts with him. We taught ourselves how to do it; there was no instruction manual. Then we’d bring them home and race them near the house in the groves. It was considered the outskirts of town, and today it’s all neighborhoods.”

 

That first taste of racing in Lakeland’s orange groves made Nemechek fall in love with the possibility of racing as a career. When Joe was 13, he convinced his parents to buy him a dirt bike. “I saw racers jumping bikes on television and I wanted nothing more than to do it myself,” said Joe. “Watching motocross set the spark off; I was jumping on the bike and doing crazy stuff.”  His first races were close to home and his parents would pack up the kids and bikes and head to either Dade City, Chicken Farm & Croom, near Brooksville. “My very first race, I was too slow. We took the bike home, adjusted it for more power, and I placed second the next time,” said Joe. “On my third trip to the track, I won; I was hooked.” “One night my brothers and I all hurt our knees in our motocross races. So my parents loaded us up in the back of the station wagon and headed home. We were all on crutches at one time!”

 

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Love of Racing Keeps Nemechek Running

Love of Racing Keeps Nemechek Running in Nationwide

Source: Sporting News

 

Joe Nemechek ranks among the top 15 in the Nationwide Series in career victories and poles. And he was the series champion in 1992.

 

Recently, though, Nemechek has become a victim of the money game in the sport. Without proper sponsorship, he has had to struggle to make races, let alone run the entire distance and compete for a top finish.

 

The past two weeks have been an excellent, if unfortunate, indicator of that. He finished third at Talladega on April 16 for his best finish in almost seven years in the series.

 

On April 23, Nemechek didn’t even drive at Nashville despite being 10th in the points standings. Instead, he put a driver who brought sponsorship behind the wheel of his No. 87.

 

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Talladega a Throwback Nationwide Moment

 

Talladega a Throwback Nationwide Moment

Source: NASCAR.COM

Johnny Davis and Joe Nemechek have a Busch Series championship on their resumes -- so it wasn't like what the two current Nationwide Series owners accomplished Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway was uncharted territory.

 

Nemechek has nine poles and two Busch Series wins at Talladega, so he knows how to get it done on NASCAR's biggest track. Ditto for Mike Wallace, JD Motorsports' driver, who has a half-dozen restrictor-plate wins at Daytona and Talladega in Trucks, Busch and ARCA Racing series events.

 

But this is 2011 and what Wallace and Nemechek did last weekend at Talladega was almost akin to what walking on the moon in 1965 would've meant.

 

Nemechek paused when asked to sum up his Saturday, which started in a low-key 20th position but led to him leading four laps after he and Wallace teamed-up in a two-car draft that got them to the front.

 

"I'm trying to think of the right words," said the guy who's devoted his life to the sport and currently using a portion of his life savings to keep his team going. "It was just a huge boost to our team, and I think it showed that the smaller teams -- the independents -- still have a shot at running well."

 

The No. 87 team ended up with a third-place finish and Nemecheck made a lengthy visit to Talladega's media center -- a weekly rite last experienced in 2004 after a win at Kansas.

 

 

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