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John Hunter Nemechek Gets XFINITY Series Opportunity

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John Hunter Nemechek will get the chance to move up a step on the NASCAR ladder, getting the opportunity to run multiple NASCAR XFINITY Series races in 2008 behind the wheel of the No. 42 Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing.

“We are happy to have John Hunter join our organization and also announce the relationship with Fire Alarm Services,” Chip Ganassi said. “We had a very successful 2017 with our XFINITY program and look to improve upon that. We feel that John Hunter has the talent to be a future star in the sport and can’t wait to get him behind the wheel.”

The 20-year-old raced part-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series the past three seasons, before running the full schedule the past two years. Nemechek has scored five victories, and 38 top-10’s in 76 starts, placing eighth in the standings in 2016 and 2017. 

“I couldn’t be more excited to join Chip Ganassi Racing,” Nemechek said. “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.”

Mike Shiplett will serve as the team’s crew chief, with sponsorship from Fire Alarm Services, Incorporated.



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Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.