54 Days 'Til Daytona - Today's Featured Driver: John Hunter Nemechek

In case you missed it, StatChat is counting down the days ‘til the 2021 Daytona 500.  Every two days, we will have a new article featuring one of the Top 30 Drivers of 2020. 

 

27th Place – John Hunter Nemechek – 534 pts

 

By the Numbers:

 

11th Place – At both Daytona races in 2020, John Hunter Nemechek placed 11th.  This gave him the best career average finish at Daytona for any active driver (2nd Place is Bubba Wallace with 14.86).  Of course, it’s important to note that this is a small sample size, based only on 2 races.

 

16 Top 20s – Finishing the year with 16 Top-20 finishes (44.4%) may not sound like much, but when considering that JHN’s veteran Front Row Motorsports teammate Michael McDowell only managed 2 more than him (in a career year of his own, no less), that is an impressive haul in subpar equipment for a rookie.

 

100 Average Green Flag Passes – (A Green Flag Pass is when you pass another car while the race is under green flag conditions) – This ranks considerably higher than a lot of his competitors.  John Hunter Nemechek’s Average number of Green Flag Passes per race is higher than such notable drivers as Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, and Alex Bowman, among others.  He ranks 5th among full-time drivers in 2020.  (Keep in mind that the farther back you start, the more cars you have in front of you to pass!)

 

96.95% Miles Completed – If a driver had finished every race on the lead lap, they would have raced a total of 13,520.69 miles.  John Hunter Nemechek finished 13,108.67 miles in 2020, or 96.96%, which ranked 8th out of full-time drivers this year.

 

1 Lap Led – Nemechek only led a single lap for the entire 2020 season.  This one lap led was at the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte on May 24th

 

John Hunter Nemechek has stepped away from Front Row Motorsports and the NASCAR Cup Series.  In November he announced that he will run a full-time season in the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 4 Toyota for the 2021 Camping World Truck Series.

 

Coming up in two days – Ty Dillon