John Hunter Nemechek confirmed he will race full-time for Legacy Motor Club in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2024.
Nemechek made the announcement on his YouTube channel. He will drive the No. 42 Toyota Camry in LMC’s first year with the manufacturer.
This will be his second stint at NASCAR’s top division. He raced full-time for Front Row Motorsports in 2020.
In 2020, he earned three top-10 finishes and finished 27th in points with an average finish of 22.4.
In 2021, he signed with Toyota and raced full-time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. That year, he earned five wins, 12 top-5 finishes and 16 top-10s – plus led 19% of the laps and finished third in points.
Last year, he won twice, earned 10 top-5s and 15 top-10s but missed out on the Championship Four.
Now, racing full-time in the Xfinity Series, Nemechek has won five times and earned 12 top-5s and 18 top-10s through 25 races. He has also led 21.9% of the laps this season.
Nemechek is the second Xfinity Series graduate to take over the No. 42. Last year, Noah Gragson finished second in points.
Gragson struggled. In 22 starts, he only had two top-25 finishes and only finished as well as 12th and 20th at Atlanta and COTA, respectively.
Then, during the Michigan race weekend, NASCAR and LMC suspended Gragson for improper social media conduct.
Since then, Josh Berry, Mike Rockenfeller and Carson Hocevar have filled in for Gragson.
Now, in 2024, as LMC transitions to Toyota, John Hunter Nemechek will continue up the pipeline as the full-time driver in the No. 42.