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John Hunter Nemechek Victorious at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park

📁 Announcement, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Race Update 🕔23.September 2016
John Hunter Nemechek Victorious at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park

Nemechek Leads 20 Laps, Clinches NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase Contention

Driving the No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado for NEMCO Motorsports, John Hunter Nemechek battled on the last lap of the Chevrolet Silverado 250 to score his third career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) victory, and his first at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. This was also Nemechek’s first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win on a road course.

Nemechek was fast throughout the race weekend, posting top-five lap times in both practices on Saturday, September 3 at the 2.459-mile road course, then qualifying 13th with a posted speed of 110.205 mph.

Once the green flag waved, Nemechek wasted no time in showing his road-racing skills as he drove from 13th-postion to 10th-postion in the opening laps before the first caution flag waved on Lap 9. During the caution period, crew chief Gere Kennon called Nemechek to pit road for four Goodyear tires with an air pressure adjustment, fuel, and a track bar adjustment. The NEMCO Motorsports crew received an infraction for a crew member going over the wall too soon resulting in Nemechek restarting from the tail-end of the field. By Lap 20 Nemechek maneuvered through the 32-truck field to the 12th-place. Under green-flag conditions, Nemechek came to pit road for four tires and fuel while in the eighth-position on Lap 24. Although he dropped to 21st as the caution clock expired on Lap 27, the team gambled by predicting that cautions in the final laps would enable Nemechek to take advantage of track position and fuel strategy. By Lap 30, the Mooresville, N.C., native was scored in the 14th-postion. He began climbing through the field, breaking into the top-three by Lap 37. On Lap 38 Nemechek raced to the front as the field began to make stops on pit road, leading for the first time during the Chevrolet Silverado 250. He continued to lead as a series of cautions came out. During the final laps, while Nemechek led for laps 38 to 56, he held-off hard charges from competitors. After the fifth caution flag waved around the 10-turns of the Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, facility, Nemechek was scored in the second-position. The final caution of the afternoon on Lap 62 resulted in a green-white-checkered finish, as the 19-year old traded the lead just once before coming to the checkered flag for his second victory of the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.

With round 15 of 23 complete, Nemechek is eighth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver point standings. He is third in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase grid.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return on Friday, September 16 for the American Ethanol E15 225 at the Chicagoland Speedway. The race starts at 8:30 p.m. (ET) with live coverage provided by FS1.

Start – 13         Finish – 1         Laps Led – 20

JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK QUOTE:

“I cannot thank all of my NEMCO Motorsports team members enough, all of the masterminds behind this effort – my dad (Joe Nemechek), he puts his heart and soul into this to make this program go. It is much appreciated. From my end, I cannot thank him enough.

“We do not have the sponsorship that some of these other guys have, but from all of our guys, they are all experienced, and they all know what is important. We work very hard in the NEMCO Motorsports shop. I am there every day with the guys working as hard as I can – digging deep, and turning wrenches. Whatever our whole team has to do, we do it to get to the racetrack each week and make sure that we have the best race truck that we can provide before it leaves the shop. There are a lot of late hours that go into it – a lot of weekends that we have to work. But it goes back to our team and how much they want it and their dedication. We have a great group of guys around us.”