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John Hunter Nemechek, Front Row Motorsports Part Ways

Following his rookie season in the NASCAR Cup Series, John Hunter Nemechek has left Front Row Motorsports, the team announced Nov. 16.

Nemechek drove the No. 38 for the organization in his first full-time Cup season in 2020, scoring three top 10s and finishing 27th in points.

According to FRM’s statement, Nemechek informed the team he was not returning.

“We want to thank John Hunter for being a part of Front Row Motorsports and beginning his NASCAR Cup Series career with us,” FRM owner Bob Jenkins said in a team release. “He certainly helped us elevate our performance this past season and brought added value to our No. 38 team. We wish him the best in the next phase in his career and he will always be a friend of ours.”

Added Nemechek: “I’m so thankful for the chance that Bob Jenkins, Jerry Freeze and all our partners took on myself this past season. I would like to thank every employee for the opportunity and the hard work that they put into myself and the No. 38 team at Front Row Motorsports. I am grateful for my time, relationships and all the knowledge I have gained. I appreciate the patience of our fans, with future plans to be announced at a later date.”

The release did not specify what Nemechek’s plans are for 2021, and it did not announce a replacement in the No. 38.

FRM fielded the Nos. 38 and 34 in 2020, the latter driven by Michael McDowell. The team has not yet announced if McDowell will return in 2021. It also partnered with DGR-Crosley in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series on the No. 38 for Todd Gilliland and fielded a one-off Daytona 500 effort for David Ragan in a partnership with Rick Ware Racing.

About the author

Rutherford is the managing editor of Frontstretch, a position he gained in 2015 after serving on the editing staff for two years. At his day job, he's a journalist covering music and rock charts at Billboard. He lives in New York City, but his heart is in Ohio -- you know, like that Hawthorne Heights song.

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