Racing has long been a family affair, and the second annual ARCA Midwest Tour Swiss Colony Howie Lettow Memorial 150 is shaping up to be another fine example. NASCAR driver Joe Nemechek will join his son, John Hunter Nemechek and race at the famed Milwaukee Mile on July 8-9.
After watching his son, then age 14 set fast time for the event, and seeing the stellar field of drivers entered last year, Joe couldn’t fight the urge to fully join in for this year’s event.
“I decided to run this event after watching the race last year first hand,” said Nemechek. “I always had a lot of fun competing at the Mile in the Nationwide series but most of all there is a little friendly competitive talk going on between my son John Hunter and myself. I have not been in a super late model since winning the All Pro championship in 1989 so this should be exciting! The event was awesome last year as there were 80+ cars with good competitive racing and a huge spectator turn out. It was nice to see the grandstands full for a great short track race at the Milwaukee Mile.”
Since Joe has been racing in NASCAR’s elite divisions, and considering John Hunter’s young age, the duo have not had many chances to race against each other. Like any father does, Joe has mentored his son, and it is clear that the apple has not fallen far from the tree. “Front Row Joe” saw his son become “Front Row John Hunter” after the younger Nemechek set fast time at the inaugural event last year.