RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — John Hunter Nemechek passed teammate Chandler Smith with 17 laps to drag and outran team proprietor Kyle Busch to win the NASCAR Truck Series race at Richmond Raceway on Saturday.
Nemechek, already the sequence sides leader, gave Kyle Busch Motorsports its fourth consecutive victory in the sequence but disadvantaged Busch of a victory at the appropriate be conscious where he hasn’t won in the Truck Series. Busch furthermore turned into as soon as attempting to develop into the appropriate driver to win in all three of NASCAR’s top sequence on the 0.75-mile, D-fashioned oval.
Tyler Ankrum passed Smith to engage third, with Johnny Sauter fifth.
Nemechek, who turned into as soon as 2nd at the help of Grant Enfinger in the fundamental stage and won the 2nd, led a race-excessive 114 laps and grew to develop into the fundamental repeat winner in the sequence this 300 and sixty five days. He’s furthermore won six of the 12 stages in the fundamental six races of the season.
“Coming from 18th to 2nd in the fundamental stage turned into as soon as pretty correct,” Nemecheck talked about, including that seeing Busch dazzling at the help of him for the final several laps turned into as soon as unnerving.
“He positively tried in flip three. He obtained to my bumper and acquired me free, but I knew he wasn’t going to rupture me,” Nemechek talked about.
After Nemechek won at Las Vegas, Busch won at Atlanta and Martin Truex Jr. won in a Busch-owned truck on the grime at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Todd Gilliland turned into as soon as sixth, followed by Ben Rhodes, Enfinger, Sam Mayer and Austin Hill.
Ankrum, who turned into as soon as 28th in the point standings coming into the race but finished ninth total final season, hoped the attain turned into as soon as a beginning of a better stretch.
“For me, I’ve by no intention misplaced religion in my team” he talked about. “Every race we’ve long gone to, we’ve had top-10 or top-five tempo.”
Sauter talked about he turned into as soon as frustrated no matter his correct attain.
“Here could well be my absolute accepted be conscious that we drag to and I if truth be told love this form of racing,” he talked about. “I by no intention drove so no longer easy to attain fifth in my complete lifestyles. I turned into as soon as prison inserting on. It prison would no longer flip. Got some work to attain.”
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