John Hunter Had A Rough Phoenix

John Hunter Nemechek

Kyle Busch Motorsports driver John Hunter Nemechek won a series-best five races and the 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Regular Season Championship, but his fortune took a turn Friday night when a mid-pack qualifying effort essentially left him vulnerable in his push for the title.

Literally from the opening lap Nemechek’s No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota found trouble – careering off trucks and the track wall before going two laps down early in the race.

His Kyle Busch Motorsports team repaired the damage and Nemechek remained focused as he raced back up through the field, getting back onto the lead lap by the final stage and powering forward in the closing dozen of laps. It was not enough, however and he finished seventh – third among the four Championship eligible trucks.

“Got run into on the first corner, got in the fence, someone else ran into us on the left side, I mean, the thing’s killed pretty much,” a dejected Nemechek said. “Had a left front tire go flat. Went down two laps, battled back and got both of our laps back. Just short. Needed more laps, I guess.”

Nemechek can take some solace in turning in series-best statistics. His five wins, 12 top fives and 16 top 10s finishes led all drivers.

“We came here to win races this year and we succeeded, but came up short in the championship. Hashtag “back for more” next year,” Nemechek said.


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