Joe Nemechek and his son, John Hunter Nemechek are set to make history this weekend at ISM Raceway.
For the first time ever, a father-son duo will compete in all three national series in one weekend, starting with Friday night’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Lucas Oil 150.
John Hunter made his first-career Monster Energy Cup Series start last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway driving the No. 36 Front Row Motorsports Ford for Matt Tifft, who is sidelined for the rest of the season due to medical reasons.
“Myself running the Cup car and he was already scheduled to drive at Phoenix,” said John Hunter, who finished 21st at Texas. “He was scheduled to drive all three and I was only scheduled to drive two. We just added one and it’s pretty neat to say we are going to racing against each other in all three.”
With the Texas start, the Nemecheks became the first father-son combo to compete in a Cup race since 2005.
“When you think about your kids playing sports not many parents get to do anything,” Joe said. “For me it’s a very, very special moment.”
Sunday will mark Joe’s 673rd Cup Series start and 1,185th across all three national series. Richard Petty has the all-time start record, all coming in the Cup Series with 1,185.
“I’m just so thankful to NASCAR for the opportunity that I’m still able to be here,” Joe said. “I get calls from some of these teams that say come in and help and evaluate where we are. Even though our cars are different you just do it. I have been doing this 29 years, which is a long time and I still love it.”