Why 23XI Racing Could Be a Future Destination for John Hunter Nemechek in the NASCAR Cup Series

November 25, 2020 6:00 pm

John Hunter Nemechek moved back to the NASCAR Truck Series as he signed with Kyle Busch Motorsports. Along with that, Nemechek also made a move back to Toyota, whose development program (Toyota Racing Development) Nemechek was associated with.

While Nemechek’s move from the NASCAR Cup Series to the Truck Series might seem like a downgrade to some, it could actually work out for the best. He ran his rookie season in the Cup Series and would have liked to continue there. However, despite going back to the Truck Series, a move to Toyota could actually be a step in the right direction, in the larger scheme of things.

He could gain back the momentum with a strong showing in the Truck Series. For a driver who has Cup Series experience, a move back to the Cup Series is never off the table. One team that is set to run Toyota cars and could look to expand in the future – Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan‘s 23XI Racing.

CHARLOTTE, NC – MAY 02: John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the #8 NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series test session at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 2, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Could Nemechek partner Bubba Wallace at 23XI Racing in the future?

Nemechek does not have any plans to run Cup races in 2021. However, if he does next year or returns, he said it would be in a Toyota. A young talented driver would also be a good option to partner another young talented driver, Bubba Wallace.

It would certainly be a good move for Nemechek in the future, as the idea for him is to win races in every series. Hamlin and Jordan are also very clear about building a winning team.

Ultimately, my goal is to win races. I want to continue is to win races in every series. The Truck Series, the Xfinity Series, and the Cup Series.

“Pretty much any opportunity I can have to go run up front and win races and win championships is what I wanna do,” Nemechek said after joining KBM.

SPARTA, KENTUCKY – JULY 12: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 Victory Junction Chevrolet, races Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota, during the NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart at Kentucky Speedway on July 12, 2020 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

The young NASCAR driver’s relationship with Toyota

He also stressed his “great relationship” with Toyota, even after he left the program.

I’ve had a great relationship with all the folks at Toyota and TRD over the years. We have been talking for a couple of years I guess. We never really lost touch from the time we left. We’ve had a good standing relationship since then,” Nemechek expressed.

The immediate goal for 23XI Racing would be to start off well with Bubba Wallace. Meanwhile, the goal for Nemechek would be to win as much as he can in the Truck Series. But Nemechek would also be aware that this is a perfect opportunity for him to further prove his worth, whenever 23XI Racing plans to expand under Toyota.

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