John Hunter Nemechek Aiming for Victory on Two Fronts on Saturdayby Kyle Pokrefky April 1, 2016 0 comments
Sponsorship in NASCAR in the modern age is a puzzling thing from time-to-time and one of the most bizarre stories involving it is the case of John Hunter Nemechek and NEMCO Motorsports.
Nemechek took the victory in the Camping World Truck Series’s Great Clips 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway five weeks ago, punching his ticket into the series’s Chase; yet strangely enough, he enters Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway once again without sponsorship.
Heading to a track he finished second at last fall, the 18-year-old out of Mooresville, N.C. believes he has a truck capable of a second consecutive victory.
“I feel very good about this weekend,” Nemechek stated. “I feel that we’re very prepared. We’ve built a great truck to come here – it’s the truck that we ran here last fall and we ended up finishing second. We would have won if I wouldn’t have hit the curb. I can’t thank all of my guys enough.”
With a potential win, Nemechek is hoping to send the message to potential sponsors that his small family-owned team is worth investing in for the future. Given that, a victory on Saturday could be viewed as victory in two aspects – to go along with the trophy would be funding to fully secure NEMCO’s future.
“Sadly, we don’t have a sponsor on the truck this week, it’s blank again,” Nemechek continued. “Hopefully we can win again with a blank truck and make someone kick themselves in the butt for not having a sponsor on that.”
Following his Atlanta victory, Nemechek did confirm that sponsors have entered negotiations with the NEMCO Motorsports organization, but that nothing’s been finalized yet.
If everything goes well with negotiations, the driver of the No. 8 Chevrolet is hoping to have a sponsor on his truck by May’s race at Kansas Speedway.
“Overall, I’d say there’s been more phone calls after the win – a win can’t hurt you, it can only help,” Nemechek said. “I’d say there’s been more phone calls and trying to get sponsors in, but nothing’s been signed yet, nothing’s got done to the final signature.
“We’re still working hard and trying to close all of our deals for the rest of the year. Hopefully we’ll have something on for Kansas and the following races after that.”
The Alpha Energy Solutions 250 will run tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 p.m ET with live coverage provided by FOX Sports 1 and MRN. Make sure to follow @HunterThomas08, @annaxcamille and @TheFourthTurn on Twitter for at-the-track coverage.
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