Kyle Busch Motorsports is now five-for-five on 1.5-mile tracks in 2021, and John Hunter Nemechek has contributed to four of those victories. The Camping World Truck Series points leader won Saturday’s SpeedyCash.com 220 at Texas Motor Speedway from the pole.
After Ben Rhodes, who started second, led the opening lap, Nemechek was on point for the remainder of the first stage. On lap eight, Sheldon Creed got loose in the PJ1 traction compound in turn two and spun up into the wall; another spin on lap 22 ended his day. Ray Ciccarelli‘s spin on lap 34 ended the stage under caution. Nemechek, Austin Hill, Rhodes, Chandler Smith, Stewart Friesen, Brennan Poole, Austin Wayne Self, Derek Kraus, Todd Gilliland, and Josh Berry closed out the top ten.
Gilliland took the lead to begin the second stage before losing it to Cup Series driver Chase Elliott. Elliott, who won in his most recent Truck start at Charlotte in 2020, would lead until Friesen was clipped by Carson Hocevar on the backstretch and spun to bring out a caution. Another yellow came on lap 62 for Jennifer Jo Cobb stopping on track. Like in Stage #1, the second segment ended under yellow after Drew Dollar spun and slammed into the turn two wall. Zane Smith, Tanner Gray, Kraus, Poole, Ross Chastain, Berry, Elliott, Chandler Smith, Nemechek, and Johnny Sauter comprised the top ten; Elliott and Chastain did not receive stage points as Cup drivers, while Berry did not since he declared for the Xfinity Series standings.
Elliott became the leader for Stage #3. On lap 109, Nemechek took the lead. Save for a brief five-lap stretch by Zane Smith, Nemechek would lead the rest of the way as the stage ran green en route to his fourth win of the year.
Nemechek, who joined Joe Gibbs Racing for a three-race Xfinity schedule yesterday, has dominated the 1.5-mile tracks with wins on all but one; the exception at Kansas saw him finish second to his boss Kyle Busch.
“I feel like we’ve been making a statement all year,” said Nemechek. “I feel like we’re one of the favourites every time that we show up to the race track. I can’t say enough about Eric Phillips (crew chief) and all these guys. Everyone, the pit crew, everyone at KBM, the fab shop, machine shop, chassis shop. Everyone does so good with building our trucks and I’m just lucky enough to be behind the wheel.”
Elliott finished second. Chastain was initially third but failed post-race inspection and was disqualified.
|1||1||4||John Hunter Nemechek||Kyle Busch Motorsports||Toyota||147||Running|
|2||22||24||Chase Elliott*||GMS Racing||Chevrolet||147||Running|
|3||18||98||Grant Enfinger||ThorSport Racing||Toyota||147||Running|
|4||5||16||Austin Hill||Hattori Racing Enterprises||Toyota||147||Running|
|5||8||18||Chandler Smith||Kyle Busch Motorsports||Toyota||147||Running|
|6||7||21||Zane Smith||GMS Racing||Chevrolet||147||Running|
|7||4||38||Todd Gilliland||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||147||Running|
|8||11||26||Tyler Ankrum||GMS Racing||Chevrolet||147||Running|
|9||20||15||Tanner Gray||David Gilliland Racing||Ford||147||Running|
|10||33||25||Josh Berry*||Rackley WAR||Chevrolet||147||Running|
|11||3||42||Carson Hocevar||Niece Motorsports||Chevrolet||147||Running|
|12||17||13||Johnny Sauter||ThorSport Racing||Toyota||147||Running|
|13||9||19||Derek Kraus||McAnally-Hilgemann Racing||Toyota||146||Running|
|14||27||30||Brennan Poole||On Point Motorsports||Toyota||146||Running|
|15||13||22||Austin Wayne Self||AM Racing||Chevrolet||146||Running|
|16||14||40||Ryan Truex||Niece Motorsports||Chevrolet||146||Running|
|17||28||23||Chase Purdy||GMS Racing||Chevrolet||145||Running|
|18||21||04||Cory Roper||Roper Racing||Ford||145||Running|
|19||25||56||Tyler Hill||Hill Motorsports||Chevrolet||145||Running|
|20||15||88||Matt Crafton||ThorSport Racing||Toyota||144||Running|
|21||23||41||Dawson Cram||Cram Racing Enterprises||Chevrolet||144||Running|
|22||19||02||Kris Wright||Young’s Motorspors||Chevrolet||144||Running|
|23||30||3||Howie DiSavino III||Jordan Anderson Racing||Chevrolet||143||Running|
|24||12||1||Hailie Deegan||David Gilliland Racing||Ford||142||Running|
|25||31||12||Tate Fogleman||Young’s Motorspors||Chevrolet||142||Running|
|26||2||99||Ben Rhodes||ThorSport Racing||Toyota||141||Running|
|27||26||20||Spencer Boyd||Young’s Motorspors||Chevrolet||141||Running|
|28||29||34||Jesse Iwuji||Reaume Brothers Racing||Toyota||141||Running|
|29||34||33||Keith McGee||Reaume Brothers Racing||Chevrolet||140||Running|
|30||35||6||Norm Benning||Norm Benning Racing||Chevrolet||134||Running|
|31||32||10||Jennifer Jo Cobb||Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing||Ford||131||Running|
|32||36||49||Ray Ciccarelli||CMI Motorsports||Toyota||89||Brakes|
|33||10||51||Drew Dollar||Kyle Busch Motorsports||Toyota||68||Accident|
|34||6||52||Stewart Friesen||Halmar Friesen Racing||Toyota||52||Accident|
|35||16||2||Sheldon Creed||GMS Racing||Chevrolet||18||Accident|
|36||24||45||Ross Chastain*||Niece Motorsports||Chevrolet||147||Running (DSQ)|
* – Ineligible for Truck points