“This is a great and fun moment in racing for us at NEMCO Motorsports,” said Joe Nemechek. “We believe the talent and skill of Bill will steer the 97 car to a great showing for us and I am excited to be racing right along with him, this time on the same team.”
“I am really excited to be racing with NEMCO Motorsports and Joe Nemechek, who has been a friend and respected competitor through the years,” said Elliott. “This will be a great way to start off the 2012 NASCAR season in Daytona.”
In a separate announcement, new team Hillman Racing has announced that two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip will drive the #40 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota in next weekend's Cup race.
"I can't think of a better way to start off the season than to have Michael Waltrip behind the wheel of our car at Daytona," said team owner Mike Hillman Sr., adding that it "positions Hillman Racing for a strong debut."
"We could not be more pleased to work out a deal to sponsor Michael for his 26th consecutive start in the Daytona 500," said Ken Butler, chief operating officer for primary sponsors, retail chain Aaron's. "There isn't a better way to introduce our 2012 Dream Machine program than having both Mark Martin and Michael competing together in NASCAR's biggest race.
A limit on the number of cars a team can enter into a race meant that Waltrip had to stand down from driving for his own team, Michael Waltrip Racing, which has just signed veteran driver Mark Martin for a 25-race part-time season in the #55 car.
MWR has also announced that a deal to acquire the owner points of FAS Lane Racing has been struck to give Martin a guaranteed grid spot for the Daytona 500. The deal makes FAS Lane minority owner Bill Jenkins a co-owner of the #55 in order to stick to NASCAR rules.