|A mid-season injury suffered in a crash while testing his own NASCAR
Busch Series car cost Joe Nemechek the advancement he was hoping
to make in his second season with owner Andy Petree, but he
bounced back to win his second career race before the year was
Nemechek began his racing career in motocross at age 13. In six
years he took home more than 300 trophies. He made the switch to
stock cars in 1986 and along the way has posted victories in every
series in which he has raced. Nemechek won championships and
rookie of the year honors in three different series in three straight
years -- the Southeastern Mini Stock Series in 1987, the U.S.A.R.
series in 1988 and the All Pro series in 1989. He followed that with
Busch Series Rookie of the Year honors in 1990.
He led his family-owned team to the Busch Series championship in
1992, as well as back-to-back most popular driver awards in 1992 and
1993. He continues to operate NEMCO Motorsports with longtime crew
chief Brian Pattie, which fields part-time efforts in NASCAR's three
premier series for Nemechek and selected drivers.
Nemechek has certainly seen and experienced quite a bit in his
relatively brief Winston Cup Series career. Joining Larry Hedrick's
team, he contended for the 1994 Winston Cup Rookie of the Year
title, finishing third in a strong field of candidates. He formed his own
team in the latter stages of 1994 and secured Burger King
sponsorship for the entire 1995 season. He moved to Team SABCO
after two years as his own boss, then joined APR in 2000.
Throughout his racing career, he has drawn on the mechanical
engineering knowledge gained when he attended the Florida Institute
of Technology before turning to racing full-time.
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