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RESULTS

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FINAL STATUS

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1

John H. Nemechek

4 |

18

Running

250

114

59

6

2

Kyle Busch

51 |

12

Running

250

26

0

0

3

Tyler Ankrum

26 |

30

Running

250

0

34

0

4

Chandler Smith

18 |

23

Running

250

24

34

0

5

Johnny Sauter

13 |

19

Running

250

0

32

0

6

Todd Gilliland

38 |

8

Running

250

0

37

0

7

Ben Rhodes

99 |

1

Running

250

4

45

0

8

Grant Enfinger

98 |

3

Running

250

71

48

1

9

Sam Mayer

32 |

40

Running

250

0

0

0

10

Austin Hill

16 |

2

Running

250

0

40

0

11

Sheldon Creed

2 |

9

Running

250

0

26

0

12

Carson Hocevar

42 |

13

Running

250

0

30

0

13

Stewart Friesen

52 |

4

Running

250

0

25

0

14

Zane Smith

21 |

6

Running

250

0

28

0

15

Derek Kraus

19 |

29

Running

250

0

26

0

16

Spencer Davis

11 |

25

Running

250

0

21

0

17

Hailie Deegan

1 |

14

Running

250

0

20

0

18

Matt Crafton

88 |

7

Running

250

11

19

0

19

Austin Wayne Self

22 |

10

Running

250

0

18

0

20

Danny Bohn

30 |

28

Running

250

0

17

0

21

Timmy Hill

56 |

34

Running

250

0

0

0

22

Timothy Peters

25 |

27

Running

250

0

15

0

23

Raphael Lessard

24 |

5

Running

249

0

22

0

24

Tanner Gray

15 |

11

Running

249

0

13

0

25

Dawson Cram

41 |

31

Running

248

0

12

0

26

Jett Noland

44 |

36

Running

247

0

11

0

27

Spencer Boyd

20 |

26

Running

247

0

10

0

28

Chase Purdy

23 |

15

Running

245

0

9

0

29

Ryan Reed

49 |

39

Running

245

0

8

0

30

Keith McGee

33 |

32

Running

244

0

7

0

31

Cory Roper

04 |

21

Running

243

0

6

0

32

Norm Benning

6 |

38

Running

240

0

5

0

33

Josh Reaume

34 |

37

Running

240

0

4

0

34

Howie Disavino III

3 |

35

Running

221

0

3

0

35

Kris Wright

02 |

22

Accident

212

0

2

0

36

Codie Rohrbaugh

9 |

20

Accident

195

0

1

0

37

Brett Moffitt

45 |

17

Handling

186

0

1

0

38

Jennifer Jo Cobb

10 |

33

DVP

168

0

1

0

39

Tate Fogleman

12 |

24

Accident

82

0

1

0

40

Ryan Truex

40 |

16

Rear Gear

44

0

1

0

  • #1 | LEADER

    John Hunter Nemechek

    #1

    LEADER

    John Hunter Nemechek

    4|

  • #2 | 0.307

    Kyle Busch

    #2

    0.307

    Kyle Busch

    51|

  • #3 | 4.937

    Tyler Ankrum

    #3

    4.937

    Tyler Ankrum

    26|

John Hunter Nemechek defeats team owner Kyle Busch yet again to win at Richmond

John Hunter Nemechek earned his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win in the last four races and had to hold off his boss Kyle Busch to do so Saturday afternoon. Nemechek scored the victory by a slim .307 seconds over Busch in the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway.

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Nemechek, 23, led a race best 114 of the 250 laps in his No. 4 KBM Toyota, reclaiming the lead for good with 17 laps remaining after racing back from a late-race pit stop. Busch, who has 12 wins overall at Richmond — six in the NASCAR Cup Series and six in the NASCAR Xfinity Series — was pushing for his first truck series win at the three-quarter mile track.

The KBM truck team has now won four consecutive races — two for Nemechek (Las Vegas Motor Speedway also), Busch (Atlanta Motor Speedway) and Martin Truex Jr. (Bristol Motor Speedway).

For a while, it looked like KBM may earn a sweep — with Nemechek, Busch and teammate Chandler Smith running 1-2-3 in the waning laps, but Tyler Ankrum got around Smith with a handful of laps remaining to take third place. Smith held on for fourth place — the 18-year-old‘s best finish of the season.

Former series champion Johnny Sauter finished fifth, followed by Todd Gilliland, Ben Rhodes and last year‘s Richmond winner Grant Enfinger. Sam Mayer and Austin Hill rounded out the top 10. Reigning series champion Sheldon Creed was 11th.

The victory for Nemechek comes just three weeks after his wife gave birth to their first child, daughter Aspen, and they were trackside in the family motorhome for Nemechek‘s first win as a dad.

“It‘s a never-give-up attitude,” a smiling Nemechek said after the race. “I just can‘t thank Kyle, everyone at Toyota and all our great partners. It‘s pretty cool to be able to come out and here do what we did. We had a really fast truck and I‘m super proud of all my guys and thankful for them.”

The race featured two very different halves. Defending winner Enfinger led 71 of the first 73 laps and earned the Stage 1 victory — his first of the year — in a clean opening to the event. The first caution was the stage break.

Busch‘s team got his truck out first from that opening stage caution period, but Nemechek took the lead from his team owner on a restart at Lap 100 and held it for most of the duration of the event. Nemechek won Stage 2, finishing just ahead of Enfinger and claiming his series best sixth stage win.

Nemechek had to really earn the top position from there on out — holding off the field again and again and again. There were seven cautions in the last 110 laps of the race.

Matt Crafton and his ThorSport Racing teammate Johnny Sauter — along with Smith – gambled not to pit late on a caution with 55 laps remaining in the race. Nemechek and Busch and most of the frontrunners opted to pit. The KBM teammates restarted ninth and 10th with Nemechek reclaiming the lead with 17 laps to go.

Busch made a run at Nemechek after getting around Smith but was ultimately unable to get close enough to attempt a winning pass.

“It‘s awesome,” Busch said of his truck team‘s streak. “I joked with John Hunter at the beginning of the year that if you win one and then I win one and you win one and then I win one — it would be pretty good to go back and forth.

“I didn‘t think he was serious, but so far that‘s kind of the way it‘s going so I guess I get Kansas (win).”

The two-win tally equals the second-generation NASCAR driver‘s season best — and this is only the sixth race of 2021. Nemechek now holds a 20-point advantage over fellow two-race winner Rhodes in the championship standings with the next race set for May 1 at Kansas Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

NOTE: The race winning No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota of John Hunter Nemechek passed NASCAR’s post-race inspection. It had one lug nut not safe and secure, though.