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John Hunter Nemechek is returning to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2021, joining Kyle Busch Motorsports, the team announced Nov. 23.
Nemechek will drive the No. 4 full time.
“Kyle [Busch, owner] and Samantha [Busch] with the support of Toyota have built an organization that has won races and championships on a consistent basis and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to carry on the winning tradition by getting back to victory lane in the Camping World Truck Series next year,” Nemechek said in a release. “I can’t thank the partners that have supported my career through the years enough for their continued support and I’m looking forward to building relationships with new partners this year.”
In 2020, Nemechek competed in his rookie season in the Cup Series for Front Row Motorsports. Last week, he announced he was leaving the No. 38 after scoring three top 10s and a 27th-place points finish.
“I began my XFINITY Series career with NEMCO and I’ve had a long-running relationship with Joe and the Nemechek family, so it’s cool to see things come full circle with being able to sign John Hunter to race at KBM,” Kyle Busch said. “John Hunter is a proven winner in the Camping World Truck Series, as well as the Xfinity Series, and someone who we are confident will be able to put the No. 4 Tundra up front on a consistent basis and compete for victories each and every race. Despite only being 23 years old, he has a lot of experience across all three series and with next year’s Truck Series schedule including a lot of events where it’s just show up and race, having an experienced driver in one of our full-time Tundras is going to be beneficial to our whole organization.”
Nemechek replaces Raphael Lessard in KBM’s No. 4. His plans for 2021 have not yet been announced.
Nemechek drove multiple seasons in the Truck Series for his family-owned NEMCO Motorsports before 2021, most recently in 2018. In 102 starts, he has six wins.
No other drivers have been announced for KBM in 2021. In 2020, the team fielded Lessard and Christian Eckes full time, plus the No. 51 with a variety of drivers.