On Saturday at the NASCAR Nationwide race in Nashville, Joe Nemechek flipped his #87 car. There was 11 laps to go when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. driving the #16 Roush-Fenway Racing Ford, hit the wall in turn 4 causing Ricky to jump left and hit Joe’s car. Joe ended up on its top and skidded upside down through the frontstretch. The car finally flipped back right-side up and Joe turned to avoid the wall and drove on back to the pits. Joe wanted to finish the race but NASCAR officials determined the car was not safe to continue. Joe finished the Nashville 300 Nationwide Series race in the 34th position.
Joe Nemechek has endured a lot during his career and life. Nemechek was the NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the year in 1990. He won the Busch Series championship in 1992 by beating Bobby Labonte by only three points. Joe has collected 16 wins in the NASCAR Nationwide (formerly Busch) Series and 4 wins in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. Today Joe races in both series for his own team, NEMCO Motorsports with limited sponsorship.
Tragedy struck the Nemechek family in 1997 when Joe’s younger brother John Nemechek, was killed in 1997. Racing in the Craftsman Truck series at Homestead-Miami Speedway with 25 laps to go John had a horrific crash in turn 1. John died five days later from the injuries sustained in the crash. Joe named his son John Hunter after his brother. The Homestead-Miami Speedway was reconfigured due to the accident.
Joe’s Mother Martha attends nearly all of his races. Martha Nemechek is a regular site at the tracks. Joe credits his Mother and his religion as how he gets through tough times. Much like the tumble Joe took at Nashville, Joe survives no matter the circumstances and drives right on.