NEMCO Motorsports is a NASCAR team. It is owned by driver Joe Nemechek and his family. Formerly fielding entries in the Winston Cup, Busch, and Craftsman Truck Series, the team has not fielded a car since the 2006 Hershey's Kissables 300.
Winston Cup Edit
NEMCO made its Winston Cup debut in 1993 at the Slick 50 300, where Nemechek started fifteenth and finished 36th in the #87 car. NEMCO ran two more races with Nemechek that year, at Watkins Glen and Michigan, where he finished 21st and 37th, respectively. NEMCO did not run again until 1995, when Nemechek moved the operation up to Cup full-time. With sponsorship from Burger King, Nemechek posted four top-tens and finished 28th in points. The next season, he had just two top-tens and dropped to 34th in points. After he signed with SABCO Racing, Nemechek abandoned the team's Cup program, and sold the equipment to the SABCO team.
NEMCO returned to the Cup series in 1999, fielding the #87 Bully Hill Vineyards Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Ron Fellows at Watkins Glen. Fellows started seventh, led three laps, and finished in second place. Fellows ran at Watkins Glen again the following year, but suffered a blown engine and finished 43rd. In 2001, Fellows began running Watkins Glen as well the series' other road course at Sears Point International Raceway. He finished 38th after wrecking at Sears Point, and 42nd at Watkins Glen after suffering axle problems. Fellow's last race for NEMCO came in 2002 at Sears Point, where he started 19th and finished 25th.
NEMCO did not field a Cup car again until 2005 at Sears Point, when it leased a car to Christine Marie Motorsports to be driven by Chris Cook. He started and finished 28th. The team also attempted Watkins Glen that year, but failed to qualify.
Busch Series Edit
Car #7 history Edit
NEMCO debuted its #7 car in 2001. Driven by Randy LaJoie and sponsored by Kleenex, the car won its first race at Daytona International Speedway. LaJoie won another race that season at Memphis Motorsports Park and finished twelfth in points. LaJoie didn't win in 2002, but won a pole at Gateway International Raceway and posted fourteen top-tens on his way to an eleventh place points finish. Following the 2003 GNC Live Well 250, LaJoie and NEMCO parted ways. Nemechek, Todd Bodine, Hank Parker Jr., and Mike Skinner all took over for one race apiece before Biffle drove the car permanately for the rest of the season, winning twice and garnering three pole positions.
Car #87 history Edit
The original car in the NEMCO stable, the 87 car debuted in 1989 at North Carolina Speedway as the 88 Buick with Nemechek finishing 33rd after an engine faliure. The car switched to the 87 and ran full-time in 1990 with sponsorship from Master Machine & Tool. Nemechek had five top-tens and was named NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the Year. After jumping to sixth in points the following year, Nemechek and the team won two races and the Busch Series championship in 1992.
After Nemechek failed to win the championship again in 1993, he left for Larry Hedrick Motorsports at the Winston Cup level. He continued to drive the 87 part-time in the Busch Series for several year. After winning the Hardee's 250 in 1994, Nemechek did not win until 1997, when he won the Carquest Auto Parts 300 and the Jiffy Lube Miami 300 in the BellSouth sponsored car.
Beginning in 1998, Nemechek began sharing the car with Ron Fellows. Fellows picked up his first win that year at the Lysol 200, then finished second the next year to Dale Earnhardt, Jr., before winning at Watkins Glen the next two years. In 2000, the team got new sponsorship from Cellular One, and Nemechek went on to win three races in 2003.
In 2002, David Reutimann drove the 87 for four races, his best finish a twelfth at Memphis. The next year, Hendrick Motorsports development driver Kyle Busch climbed on board for a number of races with ditech sponsorship, posting two runner-up finishes. Reutimann also drove the 87 for a few races in 2003, finishing in fifth place twice. Nemechek shared the 87 with Reutimann again in the early parts of 2004, before Reutimann left. Midseason, Hendrick development drivers Blake Feese and Boston Reid drove for a handful of races in the 87. Feese's best finish was a 33rd at Indianapolis Raceway Park, and Reid's a 26th at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Nemechek picked up a win that season at Kansas Speedway. His lone highlight of 2005 was winning the pole at the season-opening race at Daytona. Ron Fellows returned to the 87 at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, where he finished 41st after a wreck.
Thus far in 2006, NEMCO has run one race with Nemechek at Daytona, where he started seventh and finished fourtieth. It is unclear if the team will return.
Car #88 history Edit
The 88 car debuted in 2002 at Daytona, with Jeff Fuller as the driver. Fuller started fifth, but finished 42nd after being involved in a wreck early in the race. He ran again that year at Talladega, but crashed again and finished 40th. Fuller and Nemechek ran three races apiece in the 88 the following year, finishing last in each one, while Reutimann had a sixth-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway.
In 2004, Fuller moved to the 88 virtually full-time. Despite the full-time schedule, Fuller did not finish a race all year long, his best finish being a 35th at Nazareth Speedway. Nemechek and Wally Dallenbach Jr. drove one race apiece in the car during that season.
In 2005, the team's owners points were transferred to the 7 car's, which were sold to GIC-Mixon Motorsports.
Craftsman Truck Series Edit
Truck #8 history Edit
The #8 truck was driven by Nemechek's brother John. He debuted the truck in 1996 at the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex, where he finished seventh. He ran full-time that year and finished 13th in points. Three races into 1997, John was involved in a single-truck accident at Miami-Dade and suffered massive head injuries, which claimed his life five days later. The 8 truck has not raced since.
Truck #87 history Edit
NEMCO began running the 87 truck in 1995 with John Nemecheck driving with sponsorship from Burger King and Delco Remy America. John had two top-tens and finished 16th in points despite not competing in four races. Joe took over the 87 the following year on a part-time basis. He finished second at Watkins Glen after Steve Park qualified on the pole in the truck, then finished eighth at Phoenix International Raceway. After finishing 27th at Walt Disney World Speedway in 1997, Nemechek didn't return to the trucks until the following year, where he finished sixth at WDWS. Fellows began racing the truck in 1999, finishing third in his debut at Portland International Raceway before winning the following week at Watkins Glen. The 87 truck hasn't run since.