TRICON Garage announced on Thursday that NASCAR Xfinity Series driver John Hunter Nemechek will join its NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series lineup for the series’ next two events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Nemechek returns to the Truck Series having been a consistent threat to win over the course of his 147 NCTS starts, tallying 13 victories, four top-10 points finishes and a round of four playoff appearance across four full-time seasons.
Last year in Vegas, Nemechek started on the pole. A year prior, he won.
The Mooresville, North Carolina native will be the second Xfinity Series regular to fill in behind the wheel of the No. 17 as fellow Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Sammy Smith piloted the Tundra to a 14th-place finish in the season opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
The 25-year-old will carry sponsorship from longtime partner Berry’s Manufacturing at Las Vegas, while sponsorship and paint scheme details for Atlanta will be revealed at a later date.
He moved up a step in the ladder for 2023 competing for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Xfinity Series. Due to Tricon being a Toyota team, Nemechek is allowed to compete for them.
The Truck Series will take the green flag Friday, March 3, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Victoria’s Voice Foundation 200. Coverage is set to air at 9:00 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.