John Hunter Nemechek looks to adapt to the no.26 Sam Hunt Racing car in the Xfinity Series race at Dover as well as wants to be in the top 10 contention.
The Truck Series leader Nemechek comes back to the Xfinity action this weekend at Dover International Speedway. He will drive the no.26 Sam Hunt Racing car at the Monster Mile. The upcoming event is his first appearance in the Xfinity Series since the 2019 season finale at Homestead-Miami. Ahead of the race weekend, he spoke about his goals in his return to the championship.
“Obviously, I want to go and win, but at the same time, trying to be realistic. I want to go and just have a solid day, trying to run inside the top 10 all day,” Nemechek told ASN Motorsports. “I think we start 35th or something like that. So, it’s definitely going to be a little bit of a challenge there to come up through.”
Nemechek also admitted that the competition would be high and it would require extra effort to get to the top 10.
“There are just a lot of great teams. Realistically, if you look at the numbers, you should probably finish 12th-15th. So, hopefully, we can finish inside the top 10 and just have a solid day for Sam [Hunt].”
The current Kyle Busch Motorsports driver explained the importance of his run for Sam Hunt Racing for both himself and the team, stating that his appearance would be of a big help for the team in terms of development.
“For me, it’s all about getting laps, being behind the wheel. And for Sam, it’s about trying to help his program, trying to help the whole TRD side as well with Sam’s organization and just trying to keep it growing,” Nemechek commented.
“He’s one of the youngest owners I feel like. He’s determined to make his program work and continue to develop young drivers. I think this is the first time in the Sam Hunt Racing history that they won’t have rookie stripes on the vehicle. So, hopefully, that will be added bonus and help us continue to improve,” he added.
“I think I have 1 more race with him later this year just to try and help grow the program and help out again, so I’m excited for it,” John Hunter Nemechek said in the conclusion.