John Hunter Nemechek leaves Front Row Motorsports after one season

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

John Hunter Nemechek has announced that he has departed Front Row Motorsports. He has not announced future plans at this time.

This was a surprise move. He spent one season with the team.

Front Row Motorsports driver John Hunter Nemechek competing at the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500
John Hunter Nemechek competing at the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 (Photo by John Hunter Nemechek/Instagram)

“We want to thank John Hunter for being a part of Front Row Motorsports and beginning his NASCAR Cup Series career with us,” Front Row Motorsports owner Bob Jenkins said. “He certainly helped elevate our performance this past season and brought added value to our No. 38 team. We wish him the best in the next phase in his career and he will always be a friend of ours.”

Nemechek replaced Matt Tifft when he was sidelined following a seizure. He finished the rest of the 2019 season with the team.

He was then brought back for the 2020 full season with the team.

The North Carolina-born racer had three Top 10 finishes this season in his first full Cup Series season. He had two top eight finishes at both Talladega races in 2020.

He also had a ninth place finish at Darlington.

Presently, he’s one of three NASCAR Cup Series drivers without a ride for the 2021 season. Nemechek joins Ty Dillon and Corey LaJoie without a ride.

Germain Racing shut down after the season, which left Dillon without a ride. Their charter has been sold to 23XI Rscing, which is owned by Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin, with driver Bubba Wallace.

LaJoie previously announced that he would depart Go Fas Racing at the end of the 2020 season.

“I’m so thankful for the chance that Bob Jenkins, Jerry Freeze, and all our partners took on myself this past season,” Nemechek said on Twitter. “I would like to thank every employee for the opportunity and the hard work that they put into myself and the No. 38 team at Front Row Motorsports. I am grateful for my time, relationships, and all the knowledge I have gained.

“I appreciate the patience of our fans, with future plans to be announced at a later date.”

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