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RESULTS

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John H. Nemechek

4 |

1

Running

134

88

60

7

2

Carson Hocevar

42 |

15

Running

134

28

36

0

3

Ryan Preece

17 |

7

Running

134

0

47

0

4

Zane Smith

38 |

9

Running

134

2

48

0

5

Grant Enfinger

23 |

12

Running

134

1

32

0

6

Chandler Smith

18 |

5

Running

134

0

34

0

7

Corey Heim

51 |

3

Running

134

0

43

0

8

Ty Majeski

66 |

2

Running

134

14

43

0

9

Colby Howard

91 |

18

Running

134

0

28

0

10

Christian Eckes

98 |

4

Running

134

1

42

0

11

Parker Kligerman

75 |

24

Running

134

0

26

0

12

Matt DiBenedetto

25 |

14

Running

134

0

25

0

13

Ben Rhodes

99 |

6

Running

134

0

24

0

14

Tyler Ankrum

16 |

19

Running

134

0

27

0

15

Matt Crafton

88 |

8

Running

133

0

26

0

16

Tanner Gray

15 |

10

Running

133

0

22

0

17

Bret Holmes

32 |

26

Running

133

0

20

0

18

Kaz Grala

02 |

30

Running

133

0

19

0

19

Timmy Hill

56 |

25

Running

133

0

18

0

20

Stewart Friesen

52 |

11

Running

133

0

17

0

21

Derek Kraus

19 |

13

Running

133

0

23

0

22

Hailie Deegan

1 |

17

Running

133

0

15

0

23

Dean Thompson

40 |

23

Running

133

0

14

0

24

Kaden Honeycutt

30 |

21

Running

133

0

13

0

25

Chase Purdy

61 |

22

Running

132

0

12

0

26

Jack Wood

24 |

27

Running

132

0

11

0

27

Bayley Currey

44 |

16

Running

132

0

0

0

28

Jesse Little

20 |

33

Running

132

0

9

0

29

Tyler Hill

5 |

32

Running

130

0

8

0

30

Blaine Perkins

9 |

29

Running

130

0

7

0

31

Lawless Alan

45 |

28

Running

130

0

6

0

32

Mason Maggio

33 |

36

Running

126

0

5

0

33

Spencer Boyd

12 |

34

Running

124

0

4

0

34

Brennan Poole

46 |

31

Running

123

0

3

0

35

Armani Williams

43 |

35

Too Slow

86

0

2

0

36

Brett Moffitt

22 |

20

Engine

73

0

0

0

  • POS 1 | LEADER

    John Hunter Nemechek

    POS1

    LEADER

    John Hunter Nemechek

    Driver badge number 4 |

  • POS 2 | 1.815

    Carson Hocevar

    POS2

    1.815

    Carson Hocevar

    Driver badge number 42 |

  • POS 3 | 3.831

    Ryan Preece

    POS3

    3.831

    Ryan Preece

    Driver badge number 17 |

John Hunter Nemechek rallies to Truck Series win at Kansas; Hocevar, Crafton eliminated

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — With less than a lap left in Friday night‘s Kansas Lottery 200 at Kansas Speedway, John Hunter Nemechek passed Carson Hocevar and spoiled one of the unlikeliest long-shot gambles in the long history of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

At the end of a dominant evening, Nemechek had the race victory and two stage wins to go with the pole he had won earlier in the afternoon.

All Hocevar had was a fourth career runner-up finish and a pink slip where the 2022 Truck Series Playoffs are concerned.

Over the final 28 laps, Nemechek, who pitted under green on Lap 103, overcame a 20-second deficit to Hocevar, who had made his last pit stop on Lap 80 to top off the fuel cell in the No. 42 Chevrolet and tried to make it the rest of the way without another pit stop.

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Hocevar gained the lead on Lap 106 when the last contender in front of him came to pit road during the final 53-lap green-flag run. Throughout the final run, Hocevar‘s advantage shrank by more than a second per lap, as Nemechek pursued him.

After Hocevar‘s truck sputtered coming to the white flag, Nemechek charged to the front and powered his No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota across the finish line 1.815 seconds ahead of Hocevar‘s Silverado. The victory was Nemechek‘s second of the season, his second at Kansas (with one coming in the NASCAR Xfinity Series) and the 13th of his Truck Series career.

Hocevar was eliminated from the playoffs by three points, as Christian Eckes rallied to run 10th and claim the final berth in the Round of 8. Fifteenth-place finisher Matt Crafton, a three-time series champion, also was ousted from the playoffs.

Nemechek advanced to the Round of 8, along with Grant Enfinger, Chandler Smith, Zane Smith, Ty Majeski, Stewart Friesen, defending series champion Ben Rhodes and Eckes. Enfinger and Chandler Smith had already advanced thanks to their victories earlier in the round. Zane Smith, Nemechek and Majeski had clinched spots in the next round on the strength of their finishes at the stage breaks.

“It‘s huge,” said Nemechek, who added seven playoff points to his total entering the Round of 8. “I just want to say thank you to everyone at Kyle Busch Motorsports. I can‘t thank them enough for the truck they gave me tonight. It was absolutely unreal.

“We started on the pole, won both stages, led a ton of laps and won the race. We came in really good in points, but we were able to get some more playoff points, and it puts us in a good spot. We have some momentum on our side heading into Bristol (for the first race of the next round).”

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Hocevar was crestfallen after crew chief Phil Gould‘s strategic gamble fell just short.

“Into (Turn) 3 coming to the white flag, I started to sputter, and I knew it was game over,” Hocevar said. “The 19 (Derek Kraus) had an issue, and I lost three seconds there. Looking back, I wish I could have gotten those back. Phil Gould made a hell of a call. I didn‘t see it. Fifty-six laps to go, there‘s going to be a yellow, right? Cutoff race, and it‘s the Truck Series of all things… How was I to know the 19 was going to have a flat (tire) right in front of me?

“We deserved to win that race, just on strategy. We were nowhere near the best car. Seems like I always run second to him (Nemechek), but they were the class of the field all night. We got beat. We had the winning strategy. It just didn‘t work out…

“I think I‘ll be the bridesmaid at my own wedding.”

Non-playoff driver Ryan Preece finished third on Friday night, followed by Zane Smith, Enfinger, Chandler Smith, Corey Heim, Majeski, Colby Howard and Eckes.

The Camping World Truck Series’ next race is the UNOH 200, scheduled Thursday (9 p.m. ET, FS1, PRN) at Bristol Motor Speedway. That event opens the three-race Round of 8, the next set of races in the postseason.

Contributing: Staff reports