FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 02: John H. Nemechek, driver of the #8 ROMCO Equipment./Fire Alarm Services Chevrolet, looks on during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series JAG Metals 350 Driving Hurricane Harvey Relief at Texas Motor Speedway on November 2, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Son of a former Cup Series driver signs deal with Chip Ganassi Racing


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John Hunter Nemechek has signed a part-time deal to join Chip Ganassi Racing in the Xfinity Series next season, and he will share the No. 42 car with Kyle Larson.

Nemecheck's father, Joe Nemechek, won his first of four Cup Series races in the No. 42 car in 1999 driving for Felix Sabates. Now, the younger Nemechek will drive for Sabates since he is the co-owner of CGR.

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John Hunter Nemechek competed in the Truck Series the last two years for NEMCO Motorsports, which is owned by his family. Nemechek has won five races in the Truck Series.

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He said in a press release that he's excited to join CGR next season and hopefully beyond.

"I couldn't be more excited to join Chip Ganassi Racing," Nemechek said via NBC Sports. "I feel like their cars and organization were the talk of the garage in 2017 and I hope to play a part in continuing their run of success in 2018 and beyond.

"Also, Fire Alarm Services has been a supporter of my career since 2016 at our family-owned team, and I am looking forward to continuing that partnership at Chip Ganassi Racing. I am extremely grateful to Shannon and Connie Smith, owners of Fire Alarm Services, Inc. I also want to thank my father for all that he has done to help grow my passion for racing."

Nemechek's crew chief will be Mike Shiplett, and the No. 42 car will be the only entry in the Xfinity Series for CGR next season.

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