John Hunter Nemechek Wins NASCAR Truck Race for Second Victory in a Row

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NEWTON, IA - RIS - John Hunter Nemechek tallied his second straight victory with a win at the Camping World Truck Series M&M’s 200 at Iowa Speedway on Friday night. It’s turned into a big month for Nemechek, who was coming off his first win of the season at the Drivin’ for Lineman 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park on June 20.

The 20-year-old took the lead with six laps remaining and held off the competition in a frantic finish.

Nemecheck was able to head to pit road and change four tires thanks to a caution flag that came with 15 laps to go. Grant Enfinger made contact with teammate Matt Crafton, causing the caution.

Johnny Sauter, who won the second stage, decided not to go to pit road while Nemecheck headed in. The decision paid off for the latter, who was in fifth place at the time and worked his way to the front of the race. 

Nemecheck eventually was able to race by Chase Briscoe and Sauter to solidify the win.

Five drivers were in contention the whole night. Noah Gragson won the pole with a top speed of 136.151 miles per hour. Gragson (18 years, 11 months and eight days) became the youngest truck series pole winner at Iowa Speedway. The previous record was held by Nemechek at 19 years and seven days.

It was Gragson’s second pole this season, and he led for 16 laps en route to a sixth-place finish. Christopher Bell won the first stage and led for 99 laps before finishing fifth.

Sauter led for 72 laps and finished second. Briscoe led for seven laps and finished seventh. 

 

 

Ron Fleshman

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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Volume 2017, Issue 6, Posted 12:09 AM, 06.24.2017