Lakeland, Florida is home to the Nemechek family, Joe, John, and John Hunter Nemechek. John was the younger brother to Joe. John raced his whole national career in the Truck Series from 1995 to 1997. Sadly, his career, and life came to an end at Homestead, where he was killed in a wreck, during the Florida Dodge Dealers 400K. He was the first of two drivers to die in that series. Joe would name his son John Hunter in honor of John. In 1995, he raced in 16 races, 8 of them for his brother Joe, in a copy of Joe’s #87 Burger King Monte Carlo. This was one of the more underrated looks of 1995, and it has a great color scheme, and the flame motif looks amazing. I can’t give this car less than an A.
Salinas, California’s Ernie Irvan is the classic story of a great driver who had his career derailed by injury. He won two Daytona 500’s in 1991 and 1993, and won 15 Cup Series races, and 3 Xfinity Series wins. He could have won championships, had he not had an accident in Michigan in 1994, which caused a serious head injury. While recovering from that injury, Irvan raced some races in the Truck Series, driving a NAPA United Ford F-150. I haven’t mentioned this, but I like the boxy look of the trucks back then, and the yellow/blue half-and-half look is interesting, but it looks good. It’s a unique and great scheme that earns an A.
Wichita, Kansas is home to off-roading legend Roger Mears, father of Casey Mears. While he has many accomplishments in off-road racing, his attempts at NASCAR weren’t as successful. In 1995, he raced four races in the Budweiser Chevrolet C-1500 for Hendrick Motorsports. Budweiser has always had a great shade of red, so it comes a shock that 75% of this car is white. This isn’t a bad look, but I think that the whole truck should be red. The lightning bolt is a nice touch, but it should be white on red. All things considered, I am giving this car a C-.
Scott Lagasse Jr. began his life in St. Augustine, Florida. He has raced across many different series, with varying results. He won the 1994 Greater Des Moines Ruan Grand Prix, and the 2003 Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen for the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. In 1995, he ran his only full season in the Truck Series, driving a version of Jeff Gordon’s #24 Chevy Monte Carlo, which is an amazing scheme that earns an A.
Arvada, Colorado is a commuter town to Denver and Boulder. It is also the stomping grounds of Rick Carelli. While Carelli has had a lot of success in regional series, he has 4 wins in the Truck Series. In 1995, he raced a full season driving the Total Petroleum Chevy C-1500. Both the color scheme and the design scheme work very well together, and the truck as whole looks great. A
Corpus Christi, Texas can be proud to call Terry Labonte a son. A two time Cup Champion, with 34 wins across all three of NASCAR’s top series, Labonte is one of the most underrated drivers in the history of NASCAR. In 1995, Labonte became the second Triple Threat in NASCAR, winning a race in all three of NASCAR’s top series. He won his last Truck Series start, driving a version of Jeff Gordon’s #24 Chevy Monte Carlo, which is an amazing scheme that earns an A.
Susanville, California is the home of Truck Series legend Mike Skinner. While Skinner has raced in other series, with some degree of success, He will always be known as the man who won the 1995 Skoal Bandit Copper World Classic, which was the first race in the 1995 NASCAR SuperTruck Series. He would go on to win 8 of 20 races, and win the first Truck Series Championship driving a C-1500 version of Dale Earnhardt’s #3 GM Goodwrench Monte Carlo, and to say this scheme is less than perfect would be a lie. A
For the last quarter of 2019, we are going to focus on the Truck Series. Torrance, California is the home of Parnell Velko “P. J.” Jones. Jones has raced in a number of national racing series. While he has three wins in the Indy Lights Series, he hasn’t had much success anywhere else. This is kind of an odd paint scheme. In the winter of 1995, before the first Truck Series season, NASCAR held a number of what were called “winter heat races,” to see how the racing would go. In that race, PJ Jones raced the #1 P.J. Jones #1 Vessels Stallion Farm Chevrolet C1500. It’s a smooth look with a great paint scheme, and that will always earn an A.
Greenville, South Carolina is the home of Jason Keller. Keller is the first driver in the history of the Xfinity Series to start 500 races. In that series, he has 10 wins, and has finished 2nd in the point standings twice, once in 2000, the other in 2002. In 1997, he raced a Slim Jim Monte Carlo for his family’s racing team. The car is almost exactly like the one I reviewed earlier in the year, but the black stripe has been removed, and the car has a cleaner line as a result. This gets an A.
Like his older brother Terry, Bobby Labonte calls Corpus Christi, Texas a home. The first driver to ever win both a Cup Series, and an Xfinity Series Championship, Labonte also has 32 race wins across all three of NASCAR’s top 3 series. From 1996 to 1998, Labonte raced in the #44 Shell Grand Prix for his own team. The design needs work, I think it’s over designed. Also, the black and the white are completely pointless. If it was just yellow with logos, it would be an A, but this design gets a B+.