John Hunter Nemechek: Driver, No. 4 Mobil 1 Toyota
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Overview:
Event: Rackley Roofing 200, Race 14 of 23, 150 laps – 45/50/55; 199.5 miles
Location: Nashville, Tennessee Superspeedway (1.33 miles D-shaped oval)
Date/Airplay: June 24, 2022 at 8pm ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR 90
Neme’chek’ the facts:
With a second-place finish at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway this past weekend, John Hunter Nemechek and the No. 4 Mobil 1 Team jumped to the top of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings. Nemechek now enters the Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway with a five-point lead with just three races left in the regular season. In his only start of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in Nashville in 2021, Nemechek started 34th and advanced to 10th place.
Nemechek has amassed a series high of 88 points over the past two races to catapult himself to the top of the leaderboard. The talented helmsman has also finished in the top-10 in nine of the last ten events and leads the NASCAR Truck Series regulars in poles (four), average starting position (6.6) and average running position (8.431).
Friday’s race is the second of three races in the Truck Series Triple Truck Challenge, with an additional $50,000 at stake for the winner. The final race of the Triple Truck Challenge will be held on July 9th at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. If a driver can win two of the three races they will receive an additional $50,000 for a total of $150,000 and if the same driver wins all three races they will receive a bonus of $300,000 bringing the total to amounts to US$500,000. KBM’s Corey Heim collected the extra money with his win at World Wide Technology Raceway in Gateway on Stage 1 of the Triple Truck Challenge.
The 25-year-old driver is a 12-time Camping World Truck Series winner, winning at least one race every season for his family-run team NEMCO Motorsports from 2015-2018 and returning to winning ways in 2021 and 2022 with KBM. In 137 career starts in NASCAR’s third division, he has compiled six poles, 1,369 laps in the lead, 46 top 5 finishes and 75 top 10 finishes, resulting in an average score of 12.4.
With the Camping World Truck Series canceled next week, Nemechek is slated to make his sixth Xfinity Series start of the season at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin with the #26 GR Supra for Sam Hunt Racing. In its first five Xfinity series this season starts; The second generation driver has led 146 laps and has three top five and three top ten finishes, resulting in an average result of 12.0.
Eric Phillips returned in 2022 to manage the No. 4 team. His 42 career Truck Series wins make him the most successful Crew Chief in Truck Series history, 33 of which came at KBM, including five last year. Phillips managed Team No. 18 at KBM in its debut 2010 season and helped build the organization into one of the premier teams in all of NASCAR before departing at the end of the 2014 season. Under his leadership, the No. 18 team won eight races in its inaugural campaign and became the first team in Truck Series history to win an owner’s championship in its first competitive season. In 2014, the Illinois native led the No. 51 team to an Owners’ Championship and his team’s 10 wins led KBM to a year-long Truck Series record of 14 wins. Phillip’s is in charge of 11 starts at Nashville Superspeedway. In those 11 starts, his drivers have recorded two wins (Kyle Busch – 2010 & 2011), two poles, 271 laps in the lead, two top five and four top 10 finishes, resulting in an average result of 15.3 . Busch’s win in 2010 was the first career Truck Series win for KBM.
The world’s leading synthetic motor oil, Mobil 1, will grace the hood of the #4 Tundra TRD Pro this Saturday at Knoxville Raceway. Mobil 1 returns as main sponsor of Nemechek’s Toyota for two more races in 2022; July 9 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course; and October 1 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.
John Hunter Nemechek, Driver Questions and Answers:
Is there another track on the plan that you would compare to Nashville, or is it unique?
“I think Nashville itself is unique; Concrete track, over a mile, sort of a race like a superspeedway, a bit with a bit of short track turns where you brake. There is a lot of off-gas time compared to our normal mile-and-a-half racetracks that we drive to. It’s a bit different for us, I struggled there last year, I feel like we struggled a bit there as a team last year, so we’ve got a lot of work to do this weekend but we’re looking forward to going there go and try to make KBM another win in Nashville.”
It’s the second race of the Triple Truck Challenge, are you excited to fight for the extra cash?
“Yes! Sure. I can’t thank Camping World and everyone who is helping put the Triple Truck Challenge together enough to put a little bonus cash incentive there. It costs $5,000 if you win the race , and even more if you win the Triple Truck Challenge Big thanks to Camping World, Marcus Lemonis and everyone involved in putting together this amazing program.”
They reclaimed the points lead after Knoxville. What do you need to do over the next three races to take home the regular-season championship?
“I think for us we just have to have consistent runs and not make any mistakes. We have to be fast and we know we have trucks that are capable of that, so we shouldn’t dial ourselves during practice, put good races together, finish high in the stages and get good results at the end of the race. We just have to put everything together, execute and not fight and not make mistakes.”
Career Highlights of John Hunter Nemechek:
- Twelve-time winner in Camping World Truck Series action, winning at least one race every season from 2015-2018 for his family-run team NEMCO Motorsports. In 137 career starts in NASCAR’s third division, he has compiled six poles, 1,369 laps in the lead, 46 top 5 finishes and 75 top 10 finishes, resulting in an average score of 12.4. He posted a career high in 2021, leading five wins in the series, winning the NCWTS Regular Season Championship and finishing third in the final standings after qualifying for the Championship Four for the first time in his career.
- Produced three top 10 finishes and a 22.4 average finish while competing for 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year honors. He twice achieved a career-best eighth place finish, both at the Talladega, Ala., Superspeedway.
- A total of two wins, one pole, 510 laps in the lead, 17 top five and 36 top 10 finishes have been achieved in 61 career starts in the XFINITY series, resulting in an average score of 11.8.
John Hunter Nemechek’s #4 Mobil 1 Tundra TRD Pro:
KBM-38: Mobil 1 Team No. 4 will unload KBM-38 for Friday’s race in Nashville. Nemechek rode this tundra earlier in the season in Kansas where he took pole honor and finished sixth. In total, “38 special” has collected seven wins in 23 career starts. Three with Christopher Bell and one each with Kyle Busch, William Byron, Noah Gragson and John Hunter Nemechek.
KBM-38 performance profile
KBM Notes of Interest:
- KBM riders have amassed two wins, two poles, 319 laps in the lead, two top five and four top 10 finishes, resulting in a 12.0 average result over eight Nashville starts.
- Owner-driver Kyle Busch took the organization’s first ever win on the 1.33 mile oval in 2010 and won again in 2011.
- KBM holds the Camping World Truck Series records for most career wins (95) and most wins in a single season (14 in 2014). With his win at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 19, Corey Heim became the 18th driver to win a Truck Series event for KBM. In addition to collecting a serial record seven Owner’s Championships, the organization has produced two championship-winning drivers: Erik Jones (2015) and Christopher Bell (2017).
- The number 4 has 17 career wins with KBM and has been the number for both of the organization’s drivers’ championships.