The # 4 Toyota Tundra driver from Kyle Busch Motorsports has just made an important announcement about his NASCAR future. John Hunter Nemechek announced that he will be back at KBM for another season.
The 24-year-old teased the announcement on Wednesday October 13th on Twitter with a photo of him wearing TRD gear and signing a contract. A day later he published a video in which he summarized his departure from the Cup series, his move to KBM and his decision to win in the Truck series. The clip ended with Kyle Busch and Nemechek wearing matching “Back 4 More” t-shirts.
“It was refreshing to see John Hunter take the tundra # 4 back into the lead, win races and fight for a championship like in the past, and it’s important for us to keep him in that place.” another season, ”Busch said in a press release on October 14th, performance across our program. I am very happy that the two of them will take the lead at KBM again when we bring the new season of the new 2022 Tundra TRD Pro onto the market next season in order to continue our triumphant advance! “
KBM also announced that Nemechek will continue to partner with Eric Phillips, the most successful crew chief in Truck Series history, for the 2022 season. The two men teamed up in 2021 and took five wins and the championship in the regular season. Nemechek is currently 36 points above the cutline, with only one race left in the round of 16.
Nemechek made the leap from a full-time ride in the Xfinity Series in 2019 and moved up to the Cup Series in 2020. He moved to Front Row Motorsports and became the driver of the No. 38 Ford Mustang.
As one of two drivers for a smaller team, Nemechek did not fight for victories. In his rookie season, he cracked the top 10 only three times – ninth in Darlington and eighth in both Talladega races – with an average finish of 22.4. He finished the season 27th in points and made the decision to retire from the Cup and seek wins in another series.
“I came to Kyle Busch Motorsports because it was an opportunity to get back to winning ways – I’ve achieved my goal of fighting for wins here and I look forward to coming back next year,” added Nemechek. “With the support of Kyle and Samantha, everyone at KBM and everyone at Toyota and TRD, I was able to experience the thrill of victory together with my long-term partners ROMCO, Fire Alarm Services, Pye-Barker Fire & Safety and Safeway, and we could also get mobile 1 for KBM back on the winning track. We still have some unfinished business trying to bring the championship trophy home to KBM this year, and then we’ll work on the brand new 2022 tundra so we can fight for more wins and another championship next year. “
When Nemechek returned to the Truck Series, he used the hashtag “Here4Wins” to show that his main goal was to get KBM a championship title at the end of the 2021 season. He still has to achieve this goal, but the 24-year-old has already proven that he can shine in top equipment.
Nemechek started his first season at KBM with two top 10 finishes. In the season opening race at Daytona International Speedway, he finished seventh and third on the Daytona Road Course. Ben Rhodes won the first two races, securing first place overall, but Nemechek soon gained ground.
The No. 4 driver won the third race of the season before adding four more trophies to his collection. His run includes consecutive victories at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. Nemechek took first place in the overall standings and held out through the regular season, picking up another trophy and bonus playoff points.
Nemechek hasn’t won the playoffs yet, but three top-five in five races helped him stay way above the cut line. He is one point ahead of Rhodes in the overall standings and a sizeable lead over Matt Crafton, Sheldon Creed, Stewart Friesen, Chandler Smith, Carson Hocevar and Zane Smith.
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