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Published Oct. 1, 2005

More than 500 mourners attended a funeral Mass in Lakeland for NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver John Nemechek, eulogized as a warm, unselfish man.

The 27-year-old driver died Friday of brain injuries suffered in an accident March 16 at the Metro-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex.

The Rev. Patrick Sheedy, a family friend and former pastor, eulogized Nemechek as a warm, open individual whose life was shaped by strong family values and a willingness to help others.

Several prominent members of the racing community were in attendance at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, including brothers Bobby and Donnie Allison; current Winston Cup drivers Greg Sacks and Brett Bodine; and Brett's brother, Busch series driver Todd.

Joe Nemechek, John's older brother and a Winston Cup driver, called his brother "a great man with a limitless future."