Father-son Joe and John Hunter Nemechek to be powered by Chevrolet in 2015

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Veteran NASCAR driver Joe Nemechek and son John Hunter Nemechek will switch from Toyota to Chevrolet power for their 2015 racing efforts, NEMCO Motorsports announced Friday.

Joe Nemechek spent more than 20 seasons racing with Chevrolet in both the Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series from 1991 through 2011, before switching to Toyota for the 2012-2014 seasons.

“We look forward to joining the Chevrolet NASCAR program this season,” Joe Nemechek said in a team media release. “I’ve had a long-term relationship with Chevrolet for the majority of my career and I look forward to continuing that relationship.”

The biggest part of Friday’s announcement is two-fold:

First, the team will drive a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado for the entire 22-race NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule.

Second, Joe Nemechek and son John Hunter Nemechek will split duties in the No. 8 Chevrolet Truck until early July, when John Hunter will assume full-time driving duties for the remainder of the season after turning 18 years old on June 11.

The younger Nemechek’s first race as a full-time driver on the NCWTS will be July 9 at Kentucky Speedway.

Meanwhile, the elder Nemechek is expected to once again race a part-time schedule on the Xfinity Series and will likely also compete in several Cup series races.

NEMCO will also field Chevrolets as part of its Late Model series program, as well.

Since its inception, NEMCO Motorsports has earned 19 wins: 18 in the Xfinity Series (formerly the Nationwide and Busch series) and one in the Truck Series.

Joe Nemechek won 18 Xfinity races with Chevy power under the hood, including the 1992 series driver, owner and manufacturer championships that season.

The team also has 15 pole positions (14 in Xfinity and one in Trucks). Nemechek earned the nickname “Front Row Joe” for his ability to be a top pole contender throughout his racing career.

Also of note, NEMCO trucks will be powered by ECR Engines from the Richard Childress Racing stable.

“This is a big step for our team and I look forward to working with Chevrolet and the guys at ECR Engines for a competitive season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,” John Hunter Nemechek said. “I have never worked with them (ECR Engines) before, but I look forward to building a relationship with them and running up front in 2015.”

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