DARLINGTON, S.C. — John Hunter Nemechek was excited — and relieved — together with his first victory of the season.
Nemechek took the lead with 24 laps to go, then held off Carson Hocevar in time beyond regulation to win the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Collection occasion at Darlington Raceway on Friday night time.
“There’s positively pleasure there, however positively extra reduction,” he stated. “Simply from the finishes we had this season, we did not look like we have been nonetheless the crew that we have been.”
Nemechek felt that change at Darlington as he and his group overcame problem after problem to finish up on prime.
“I really feel like we lastly have the ship turned the fitting manner and crusing the fitting manner,” he stated. “Hopefully, we are able to preserve this momentum.”
Nemechek lastly cashed in on the monitor “Too Robust To Tame,” after shut calls in each races right here final season. He led 65 laps final Could, but completed eighth behind winner Sheldon Creed.
Nemechek was out entrance 39 laps in September when the truck sequence relocated from Canada because of the persevering with coronavirus pandemic and once more got here up quick, ending second to Creed.
This time, Nemechek wouldn’t be denied.
“Lastly, was capable of deliver dwelling the primary win of the yr,” Nemechek stated.
He handed Christian Eckes for the lead on Lap 123 after avoiding the sliding truck of Grant Enfinger and maintained the lead on the ultimate two restarts, together with a green-white-checkered end for his first victory this season and twelfth of his vehicles’ profession.
It regarded like Nemechek, who received the pole earlier Friday, noticed his possibilities at victory fade when he pitted for a unfastened wheel on Lap 58 that took him from fifth to twentieth. As a substitute, Nemechek started the sluggish climb again into competition.
“I believed we gave it away early, however we fought our manner again,” he stated.
Nemechek led 70 laps together with the ultimate 27 for the victory.
Kligerman received the primary stage whereas Hocevar took the second, each incomes their first-ever stage wins within the truck sequence.
Collection champion Ben Rhodes introduced out the ultimate warning when he hit the wall in flip one. He completed thirteenth.
Essentially the most severe of 10 cautions was when Chase Purdy became the wall after connecting with Tanner Gray. Hailie Deegan and and Austin Wayne Self have been additionally caught up within the crash. Nobody was severely harm.
Darlington started a busy stretch of eight races in eight weeks for the truck sequence. Kansas is subsequent on Could 14.