John Hunter Nemechek will drive for Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2021 and compete for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title, the team announced Monday.
Driving for Front Row Motorsports, Nemechek ran for rookie-of-the-year honors in the NASCAR Cup Series this year and finished 27th in the final series standings. Last week he notified Front Row Motorsports owner Bob Jenkins that he would not return to the No. 38 Ford next year.
Nemechek posted three top-10 finishes in 2020, with two eighth-place runs at Talladega Superspeedway constituting his best results.
“Kyle and Samantha with the support of Toyota have built an organization that has won races and championships on a consistent basis and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to carry on the winning tradition by getting back to victory lane in the Camping World Truck Series next year,” Nemechek said. “I can’t thank the partners that have supported my career through the years enough for their continued support and I’m looking forward to building relationships with new partners this year. Bring on 2021 -- Let’s Go Places!”
In the Truck Series, Nemechek has six victories in 102 starts, all recorded from 2015 through 2018 for family-owned NEMCO Motorsports. The 23-year-old from Mooresville, N.C., also has one NASCAR Xfinity Series win to his credit, a 2018 triumph at Kansas Speedway for Chip Ganassi Racing.
“I began my XFINITY Series career with NEMCO and I’ve had a long-running relationship with Joe and the Nemechek family, so it’s cool to see things come full circle with being able to sign John Hunter to race at KBM,” Busch said. “John Hunter is a proven winner in the Camping World Truck Series, as well as the Xfinity Series, and someone who we are confident will be able to put the No. 4 Tundra up front on a consistent basis and compete for victories each and every race. Despite only being 23 years old, he has a lot of experience across all three series and with next year’s Truck Series schedule including a lot of events where it’s just show up and race, having an experienced driver in one of our full-time Tundras is going to be beneficial to our whole organization.”