Joe Nemechek announces 2014 NASCAR plans

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“Front Row” Joe Nemechek has his 2014 plans set, as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series continues to confirm more mid-level entries to grow the field size. He’ll have a busy season between Cup and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Jay Robinson Racing has partnered with Michael Waltrip Racing, and Nemechek will race anywhere from 27 to 29 races in the partner’s entry, the No. 66 Toyota. Waltrip will drive that car at the Daytona 500, and Jeff Burton at the remaining six to eight events.

Nemechek will also race 12 of 22 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in the No. 8 SWM-NEMCO Motorsports truck, with son John Hunter racing the other 10 events where at age 16, he’s eligible to compete. That was revealed Wednesday in a team release.

“We all have our bucket lists and racing the truck for a win is on mine,” Joe Nemechek said in the release. “Trucks are a lot of fun with the high downforce and less horsepower. And what better way to make a run for it than with the excitement of sharing the season with my son, and giving him the best possibility to run well.”

Nemechek, 50, has run his own NEMCO Cup team the last five years, since racing with Furniture Row Racing in 2008. He has four career wins in 651 starts. He has not won in seven career truck starts, the last of which came in 2006. As he was the 1992 NASCAR Busch Grand National (now Nationwide) champion, a win in trucks would add his name to the list of drivers with victories in all three of NASCAR’s major national touring series.

Newgarden fastest as Castroneves returns in weather-shortened Barber test

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The Verizon IndyCar Series took to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday for an open test, with 24 entries tackling the 2.38-mile road course.

Weather intervened in the afternoon, preventing nearly the entire field from going out, but the weather held off during the morning enough for one session to be run in its entirety.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the way, with a quick lap of 1:07.979, ahead of Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. For Castroneves, this marked his first IndyCar outing of 2018.

Helio Castroneves was back in an IndyCar on Tuesday at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo: IndyCar

Sporting the Pennzoil “yellow submarine” paint scheme, Castroneves turned 41 laps around Barber in the morning session, with a quick lap of 1:08.315. He was also the only driver to venture out on track in the afternoon, completing eight laps.

The Dale Coyne Racing duo of Sebastien Bourdais and Zachary Claman De Melo completed the top five.

Results are below.