The 24-year-old son of NASCAR veteran Joe Nemecek received the nickname “#Here4Wins,” which he adapted when he received the top five of his career victories at Toyota № 4.
However, when it came to the championship, John Hunter failed. In the season finale, he reached Championship 4, but finished third in the series standings.
As the 2022 season kicks off with a race on Friday night at Daytona International Speedway, the German hopes to make money on what he and his team learned in 2021, and win their first title in the series.
“When you enter the new season, you want to go and achieve those goals that you may not have had in the previous year, even if it was a really good year,” Nemeczak said. “Last year we learned a lot and made a notebook.
“There are mistakes we’ve made, but it’s all in the process of learning and creating this notebook so you don’t make the same mistake twice. So you can keep growing and learning from it, and have an even better season, and that’s what we’re here for. ”
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The German started the 2021 season well, starting seventh in Dayton and finishing seventh, and spent 14 laps in the race.
“Last year we were able to run great in Dayton,” he said. “I feel like we’ve recently improved our trucks in super speedway racing, had a chance to win Taladega, and we’re riding the same truck in Dayton, so hopefully it has some speed.
“Hopefully we will be able to start the season right and start the year with some good stage scores and a really good ending. You just have to keep your nose clean, stay away from the big ones – that’s really all you need. “
The German led a series of trucks on race wins (five), stage wins (11) and won the 2021 regular season championship. He also outperformed all racers in the fastest laps (299) and in the top five (16).
This sequence will again be the key to the fight for the truck title this year. The Germans believe that the same core team members will also be a big advantage.
We have the same group around me, Eric Phillips (crew leader), Adam (Ebel), our engineer, and Jimmy (Villon), our automotive chief with a few changes in the mechanics on our team, but it seems like things keep going. the right direction, ”he said.
“I feel comfortable where I am. TRD and Toyota are doing a lot for us and I feel we can use the resources they give us to get out and succeed on the racetrack. ”
In the singles training session of the series on Thursday, Nemechek was the 10th fastest and seemed to be able to move around the field without any problems.
“Being ahead to the end is huge,” Nemechak said of the race on Friday night. “As a rule, they are reduced to a short run. Usually there is green-white-checkered or something to finish off.
“It’s a huge key to just positioning yourself in the right place.”