ACME Supermarkets Partners with John Hunter Nemechek at Virtual Dover Speedway in NASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series
NEMECHEK TALKS LATEST PRO INVITATIONAL SERIES EVENT AT DOVER:
"Everyone is getting better at iRacing. Guys like William Byron, Timmy Hill and some others are always going to be good. But, everyone is getting better, too, and it makes the iRacing events hard to win.
"It's cool to run up front. I've led some laps and it's been fun. It helps our partners to see their car leading on TV. We have ACME Supermarkets on the car this weekend with retail partners such as Essentia, Minute Rice, Nudges Dog Treats and Ziploc. It's a great program that we have and the people at ACME right now are working really hard. It will be cool to get them a win this weekend.
"I know that we're still having fun with iRacing, but I also think we're getting closer to racing. It may look different, but I know that our fans will be excited. Everyone is anxious to see us race and I'll be ready."
NEMECHEK TALKS iRACING EVENTS
"I think we all knew when we started the Pro Invitational Series, this was going to be a series that was meant to fill the gap that we currently have while we're not on the real track. But, at the same time, if you take a group of highly competitive people and put them on a national stage like FOX, it's going to get serious. And, we're racing for our partners, too. We may not be getting paid, but there is pride.
"I think it's been good. A really good thing, because it keeps us and fans involved. We have to practice, we do media interviews, we do videos for our partners. It's as close to a race week as we have right now. It keeps you focused, even if it's not the real car. I think it has its benefits that sometimes you don't think about.
"We have Berry's Bullets on the No. 38 this weekend. We're fortunate to have different partners of our program, and they all understand that this iRacing platform is giving fans some entertainment right now. They have wanted to be a part of this and it's been fun to see the cars on FOX."
NEMECHEK ON VIRTUAL RICHMOND:
"I hope everyone is still staying safe. That's always the most important thing. But, we can also have this distraction of the NASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series and it's fun to be back this weekend. I came close at Bristol and the feeling is the same as it is in the real car- you want to win.
"We're back this weekend with Speedy Cash, another great partner of FRM. It's been fun to see the excitement our partners have when seeing their car in the iRacing platform and then see it on FOX. This is as realistic as we can make it without actually being at the track and in the car. It's different, but it's still exciting and I'm racing to win and represent all our partners.
"We are supporting the Ford Apollo project on the car this weekend, too. The Ford Motor Company has really taken a lead in making products for hospitals and those working on the front line of this pandemic. That's been great to see. We'll continue to keep doing what we need to do and until then, we'll have some fun on iRacing."
NEMECHEK ON VIRTUAL BRISTOL:
"It's so cool to see that NASCAR broke its own record last weekend for the most-viewed eSports event in U.S. TV history and I'm honored to be a part of that. This obviously isn't the situation anyone was hoping for or expecting, but the fact that we continue to come together each week to provide some entertainment and temporary relief from the everyday news says a lot about our racing community.
"Bristol is already such a challenging track for us in person and it will be interesting to see what it's like in a virtual race. The preferred line at Bristol tends to move around as the race goes on, and as we've seen over the last two weeks of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, anything can happen. That said, I'm feeling pretty good about our No. 38 Ford Mustang.
"I'm also really glad we are able to have our partners at YANMAR America with us on the car this weekend. I was just gutted for them after not being able to race at Atlanta. They're such a great group of people and I'm thankful for their outpouring of support for Front Row Motorsports since last year. I'm excited that we get to have them 'along for the ride' this weekend and look forward to the day when we can see the No. 38 YANMAR Ford Mustang on track in person, too."
Team FRM PR