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John Hunter Nemechek exits Martinsville early; all eyes on Texas race

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. — John Hunter Nemechek’s path to landing a spot in the Championship 4 just got significantly more difficult.

On Lap 36 during Saturday’s playoff race at Martinsville Speedway, Nemechek lost control of his brakes and whacked the wall with the truck’s rear … ultimately ending his day at the Virginia short track.

“I don’t really have any emotions right now,” Nemechek said after exiting the race. “It sucks for our team. We had a fast truck. Just lost brakes trying to get into Turn 1. I just never slowed down. Instead of taking a frontal impact, it spun out a little bit.”

Nemechek is one of six drivers vying for a spot in the Championship 4 of the Camping World Truck Series Playoffs. Entering the Texas Roadhouse 200, the driver of the No. 8 was tied with veteran Matt Crafton in third place at 3014 points.

The 20-year-old will have one more shot at advancing next Friday at Texas — and says he won’t have any issue keeping his head up. All eyes are on one prize.

“We’re coming for them,” Nemechek said. “They won’t know what’s going to hit them in Texas.”

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