Bristol Post Race Report

With just a few minutes remaining in Thursday afternoon’s practice session, John Hunter Nemechek suffered a flat right front tire, sending his Tundra TRD Pro into the outside wall. The damage was significant enough to force the No. 4 team to go to a backup truck and start the UNOH 200 from the rear.
Despite starting at the rear of the field, the second-generation driver battled his way back toward the front and found himself within the top 10 midway through the second stage. Between differing pit strategies throughout the field and starting to deal with a tight handling truck towards the end of the race, Nemechek took the checkered flag in 12th.
Stage One Recap
 ·        Nemechek lined up for Thursday’s 200-lap event at Bristol Motor Speedway in 36th after an incident in practice forced the No. 4 team to bring out their backup truck.
·        As the first caution of the night came out on lap 38 for a three-truck incident, Nemechek had made his way up to 25th before veteran crew chief Eric Phillips called him down pit road for four fresh Goodyear tires and full load of Sunoco fuel.
·        The 25-year-old driver lined up for the ensuing restart in 21st and held his position when the green-and-white checkered flag came out to end the opening stanza.
Stage Two Recap:
·        The No. 4 over wall the crew executed another four tire and fuel stop at the stage break, sending Nemechek back out on track to restart in 11th.
·        Just under 20 laps into the second stage, Nemechek had cracked into the top-10 for the first time of the night as crew chief Eric Phillips came over the radio and encouraged him to “keep soldiering on”.
·        When the third caution of the night came out on lap 86, Nemechek was running in 10th and reported that his No. 4 Tundra was “struggling to wrap the bottom and is tight on exit”.
·        As the field went back green for the final 11 laps of the stage, Nemechek was able to grab two more positions and took the green-and-white checkered flag in eighth, earning three stage points.
Final Stage Recap:
·         Nemechek once again brought his No. 4 Tundra down pit road at the stage break for four new tires and a top off of fuel before restarting the final stage in 18th.
·        As the laps began to click off in the final stage, Nemechek started to deal with the same handling issues he faced in the second stage as his Tundra began to tighten up again.
·        When the final caution of the night came out on lap 180, Nemechek was scored in 14th. The second-generation driver was able to gain two more spots over the final 12 laps and took the checkered flag in 12th.
John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 4 Mobil 1 Tundra TRD Pro:
Can you talk about your race after having to go to a back-up truck?
“We had a fast truck in practice. We got behind by blowing a right front tire. All my guys scrambled hard and gave us a fast piece. Racing here sucked tonight, honestly. I don’t want to say that, but you couldn’t pass. It was super hard to pass. Heck, the 38 (Zane Smith) and I started in the back, almost went a lap down early on, running the bottom, couldn’t really make the bottom work. I thought the PJ1 was going to wear out tonight, and it didn’t. We were just one adjustment behind, I feel like, all night. You get that when you get behind from the start of the race.”
UNOH 200 Recap:
  • Ty Majeski earned his first Camping World Truck Series victory and locked himself in to the Championship 4. Zane Smith, Parker Kligerman, Grant Enfinger, and Matt Crafton rounded out the top-five finishes.
  • There were six cautions for 49 laps and three lead changes among four drivers.
How John Hunter Nemechek's KBM Teammates Fared:
·        Chandler Smith, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finish ninth.
·        Corey Heim, driver of the No. 51 Toyota, finished 10th.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Standings
After the first race in the Round of 8, Nemechek finds himself just nine tallies below the cutoff line to advance to the Championship 4 at Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway.
Next Race
John Hunter Nemechek and the No. 4 Pye-Barker Fire & Safety team will return to action on Oct. 1 when the Camping World Truck Series playoffs continue at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. Live coverage of the Talladega 250 will be on FS1, Motor Racing Network, and SiriusXM at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Kansas Post Race

After earning his sixth pole award of the season and dominating the opening two stages of the Kansas Lottery 200, John Hunter Nemechek found himself over 20 seconds back of Carson Hocevar with 31 laps remaining due to differing pit strategies. Over the course of the final 31 laps, Nemechek chased down Hocevar and regained the lead on the last lap of the race to pick up his 13th career Truck Series win in dramatic fashion.
Nemechek earned an additional seven playoff points throughout the race Friday night that will carry over with him to the next round of the playoffs. When the playoff standings reset for the Round of 8, the second-generation driver will be third on the playoff grid, 11 points above the cutoff line to advance to the Championship 4.
Stage One Recap
·        Nemechek earned his sixth Cometic Gasket pole award of the year after putting down a lap time of 30.779 seconds at 175.444 mph in Friday afternoon’s qualifying session.
·        As the field took the green flag to start the Kansas Lottery 200, Nemechek took command of the lead as the field exited Turn 2 as he was being pushed by his KBM teammate Corey Heim.
·        Nemechek led the first seven laps of the race before surrendering the lead to the No. 66 of Ty Majeski on Lap 7.
·        As the opening stanza went on, the second-generation driver was able to chase down Majeski and regained the lead with nine laps left in the stage.
·        Nemechek drove away from the field over the final nine laps to claim his fifth stage win of the year and picked up an additional playoff point.
Stage Two Recap:
·        At the stage break, Nemechek communicated that his Mobil 1 Tundra TRD Pro “needs to be tighter all around the corner, entry and exit”.
·        Veteran crew chief Eric Phillips called his driver down pit road for a four tire and fuel stop along with a wedge adjustment to help with the handling of the No. 4 Tundra.
·        Nemechek led the field back to green to begin the middle stanza, but momentarily lost the lead on the opening lap to Majeski before overtaking the No. 66 on the ensuing lap and taking command of the race once again.
·        The talented wheelman went on to lead the next 26 laps to the green-and-white checkered, picking up his second stage win of the night and adding another playoff point to his total.
·        With the points he scored in the opening two stages, Nemechek locked himself into the Round of 8 before the start of the Final Stage.
Final Stage Recap:
·        The No. 4 over the wall crew executed another four tire and fuel stop at the stage break and Nemechek came over the radio as he was exiting pit road to compliment the team saying, “nice job boys!”, as they would line back up in first to begin the final stage.
·        Nemechek pulled away to another commanding lead before green flag pit stops started to cycle through with 32 laps remaining in the race.
·        A handful of teams, including the No. 42 team of Carson Hocevar, who was in a must win situation to advance to the Round of 8, had elected to pit when the fourth and final caution came out on lap 75 and decided to roll the dice and try to make it the end of the race by conserving fuel with slower lap times.
·        As the green flag pit stops cycled through, Nemechek went back out on the track with just 31 laps left to chase down Hocevar who had over a 20-second lead on him.
·        The second-generation driver began to chip away at the lead lap-by-lap and had closed to within five seconds back of Hocevar with 10 laps to go.
·        As the field took the white flag, Nemechek was still running in second and closing in on Hocevar as they entered Turn 1. The Mobil 1 driver got to the bumper of the No. 42 and regained the lead as they exited Turn 2 and drove away to his second Camping World Truck Series win of 2022.
John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 4 Mobil 1 Tundra TRD Pro:
What does this win say about your team moving into the next round of the Playoffs?
“It’s huge. I just want to say thank you to our entire team here, just everyone. I can’t thank them enough for the truck that they gave me tonight. This Tundra TRD Pro was absolutely on rails. Qualified on the pole, led a ton of laps, won both stages and won the race. We came in here really good points wise, and it flips over and was able to get some more Playoff points going into the next round. Puts us in a good spot and gives us some momentum moving into Bristol. I think this one is even sweeter. It’s been a really tough week for myself mentally, emotionally and things that you can’t control, but it feels good to come out here and cap it off with a win and show who I am.”
How strategic were you in the closing laps to get the win on the final lap?
“I got nervous there for a couple laps actually with all the lapped traffic in front of me and I kept dirtying myself with the dirty air. I had to play it smarter, and I didn’t play it smart there for a couple laps. I got myself a little bit behind but had huge speed and got a huge run off turn four. I knew that the 42 (Carson Hocevar) was saving fuel too and trying to block there. Just proud of all my guys, proud to get back to victory lane for the second time this year. We’re a little behind from last year. But I said I would rather win five races in the Playoffs and win a championship than win five races in the regular season and we’re going to try to do that.”
Kansas Lottery 200 Recap:
  • Nemechek earned his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win of 2022 and will advance to the Round of 8. It was his 13th career victory. Carson Hocevar, Ryan Preece, Zane Smith, and Grant Enfinger rounded out the top-five finishers.
  • There were four cautions for 25 laps and 11 lead changes among six drivers, including Nemechek who led a race-high 88 laps.
How John Hunter Nemechek's KBM Teammates Fared:
  • Chandler Smith, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finish sixth.
  • Corey Heim, driver of the No. 51 Toyota, finished seventh.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Standings
With the points reset for the Round of 8, Nemechek is now seeded in the third position, 11 points above the cutoff line to advance to the Championship 4
Next Race
John Hunter Nemechek and the No. 4 Pye-Barker team will have a quick turnaround as they turn their focus to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway for the opening race in the Round of 8 on Thursday, Sept. 15. Live coverage of the UNOH 200 presented by Ohio Logistics will be on Fs1, Motor Racing Network, and SiriusXM at 9 p.m. ET.

Richmond Post Race Report

John Hunter Nemechek came into Richmond (Va.) Raceway looking to defend his 2021 victory at the 0.75-mile facility and punch his ticket to the Round of 8. After 250 laps, the second-generation driver came up one spot short and took the checkered flag in second, earning an additional 18 stage points along the way.
Coming into Richmond, Nemechek was 24 points above the cutoff line to advance to the Round of 8 but was able to extend that gap to 43 points with one race remaining in the Round of 10.
Stage One Recap
·        Nemechek lined up in seventh for Saturday’s 250-lap event at Richmond Raceway after laying down a lap time of 22.799 seconds at 118.426 mph in the qualifying session earlier in the day.
·        Just 10 laps into the race, Nemechek broke into the top-five where he would stay for the rest of the night.
·        As the laps were winding down in the opening stanza, Nemechek was running in third and was able to track down his KBM teammate Chandler Smith as they were navigating lapped traffic.
·        Nemechek completed the pass on Smith with seven laps to go in the stage and would take the green-and-white checkered flag in second, earning nine stage points.
Stage Two Recap:
·        At the stage break, the second-generation driver communicated that his Safeway Tundra was “a little snug, but overall, not too bad”.
·        The No. 4 team executed a four-tire and fuel stop at the break and sent Nemechek back out on track to restart Stage Two in second.
·        As the field went back green, Nemechek was on the inside of Chandler Smith as the two battled into Turn 1. Nemechek was unable to complete the pass for the lead and settled into second as the stage continued.
·        Nemechek remained three seconds back of Smith for the entirety of the middle stanza before taking the green-and-white checkered flag in second, adding nine more stage points to his total.
Final Stage Recap:
·        Another four-tire and fuel stop by the No. 4 over-the-wall crew at the stage break put Nemechek on the front row to restart the final stage.
·        Much like the Stage Two restart, Nemechek and Smith battled for the lead as the field headed down into Turn 1. As they came out of Turn 2 and down the backstretch, the second-generation driver settled back into the second position.
·        With 45 laps to go, the leaders were navigating lapped traffic as Chandler Smith got hung up with the No. 62 of Layne Riggs, opening the door for Nemechek to make a move for the lead.
·        Nemechek made a three-wide move to the outside heading into Turn 1 but was unable to complete the pass for the lead as they ran into more lapped traffic.
·        The third and final caution of the night came out with just 34 laps to go in the race and Nemechek scored in second.
·        The No. 4 team executed their final stop of the stop night and set Nemechek up on the front row for the ensuing restart.
·        Unable to make the pass for the lead on the restart, Nemechek drove the final 28 laps in second where he would take the checkered flag, earning his eighth top-five finish of the season.
After the race, Nemechek came over the radio and said “I’m sorry. Thank you for a good truck, really appreciate it”.
John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 4 Safewy Tundra TRD PRo:
What did you need to make a run at Chandler Smith for the win tonight?
“We didn’t adjust quite like we needed to from day to night. Partly on me, so I’ll take that one. Overall, solid day for our Safeway Toyota Tundra TRD Pro. Thank you to all of our great partners that are on this Tundra TRD and everyone that helps out and keeps us going here. Just big picture racing I would say. Really good points day. Second, second and second for all three stages. Can’t complain about that, just one spot short. It’s good to be disappointed when you have a run like that with second, second and second. Really good points day, let’s go advance to the next round. Only thing that matters is getting to the final four in Phoenix to compete for a championship.”
What are you going to do in the two weeks before the Kansas race?
“I’m going to run two races for Sam Hunt Racing in the Toyota GR Supra. Excited to go stay in the seat and keep everything that I can sharp and go have some fun racing.”
Worldwide Express 250 Recap
  • Chandler Smith earned his fifth career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win and will advance to the Round of 8. Nemechek, Ty Majeski, Grant Enfinger, and Corey Heim rounded out the top-five finishers.
  • There were three cautions for 25 laps and three leads changes among three drivers, including Nemechek who led one lap.
How John Hunter Nemechek's KBM Teammates Fared:
·        Chandler Smith, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished first.
·        Corey Heim, driver of the No. 51 Toyota, finished fifth.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Standings
After two races in the Round of 10 of the Camping World Truck Series playoffs, Nemechek increased his gap and now sits in fourth 43 points above the cutoff line for advancing to the Round of 8.
Next Race
Nemechek and the No. 4 Mobil 1 team will be off for three weeks before heading to Kansas Speedway for the cutoff race in the Round of 10 on Sept. 9. Live coverage of the Kansas Lottery 200 will be on Fs1, Motor Racing Network, and SiriusXM at 7:30 p.m. ET.

IRP Post Race Report

John Hunter Nemechek earned his fifth Cometic Gasket Pole award of the season for Friday’s playoff opener at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park. Nemechek took control of the lead at the drop of the green flag and led all 60 laps of the opening stage en route to yhe Stage One win, earning 10 stage points and an additional playoff point.
Nemechek continued his run inside of the top-five throughout the second stage before getting loose underneath the lapped truck of Kris Wright, sending him spinning late in the stage. The second-generation driver was able to rebound and was in contention for the win as he lined up in the lead for NASCAR overtime. When the field took the white flag for the overtime restart, Nemechek was shoved into the outside wall on the exit of Turn 2 by the No. 38 of Zane Smith and fell back to 10th where he took the checkered flag.
Nemechek and the No. 4 team are now in a tie for fifth in the Truck Series playoff grid, 24 tallies above the cutoff line for advancing to the Round of 8.
Stage One Recap
·        Nemechek earned the pole for Friday’s TSport 200 after laying down a lap time of 22.211 seconds at 111.188 mph in Friday afternoon’s qualifying session.
·        Nemechek elected the inside lane to start the race and took command of the lead as the field entered Turn 1.
·        Throughout the opening stage, the second-generation driver had his KBM teammate Chandler Smith in his rearview mirror, holding a lead of just under a second for the first 40 laps of the race.
·        Over the course of the final 20 laps of the opening stanza, Nemechek extended his lead to a second-and-a-half, driving away to the Stage One win, picking up 10 stage points and an additional playoff point.
·        At the stage break, Nemechek communicated that his Yahoo! Tundra was “a little free on the right rear”.
Stage Two Recap:
 ·        Nemechek brought his Yahoo! Tundra down pit road at the stage break where the No. 4 team executed a four tire and fuel stop before lining up for the Stage Two restart in third.
·        As the second stage went on, Nemechek continued to run within the top five as the leaders started to navigate their way through lapped traffic.
·        Nemechek and Chandler Smith were running side-by-side for third as they approached the No. 44 of Kris Wright, Nemechek dove to the inside of the No. 44 as Smith went outside. Nemechek’s Yahoo! Tundra got loose underneath of Wright, sending him spinning and bringing out the fifth caution of the night.
·        The second-generation driver brought his No. 4 Tundra down pit road following the spin for four fresh Goodyear tires and went back out for the ensuing restart scored in 20th.
·        With differing pit strategies throughout the field, the fresh tires paid off for the No. 4 team as Nemechek gained nine spots over the last six laps of the stage to take the green-and-white checkered flag in 11th.
Final Stage Recap:
·        As pit stops cycled through at the stage break, Nemechek lined up to restart the final stage in eighth.
·        The 25-year-old driver quickly made his way back into the top five and was scored in third when the ninth caution of the night came out on lap 192.
·        The first two drivers elected to bring their trucks down pit road under caution while veteran crew chief Eric Phillips called to keep the No. 4 Yahoo! out on the track, taking over the lead for the ensuing restart with two to go.
·        On the restart, Nemechek and the No. 17 of Taylor Gray were battling for the lead as the field entered Turn 3. Nemechek got to the bumper of Gray as the No. 17 went spinning, bringing out the 10th and final caution of the night.
·        Nemechek again lined up on the outside of the front row as the control truck for NASCAR overtime. As the field took the white flag on the restart, Zane Smith drove Nemechek up the track as they were exiting Turn 2, putting the No. 4 Yahoo! Tundra into the outside wall, and dropping Nemechek back through the field.
·        Once Nemechek was able to regroup his Yahoo! Tundra, he was scored in 10th as he came across the stripe to take the checkered flag.
John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 4 Yahoo! Tundra TRD PRo:
What were those conversations you were having with the 17 (Taylor Gray) team?
“Those were private, but it is what it is. I had a really fast Yahoo Toyota Tundra TRD Pro tonight. Sometimes you are the bug and sometimes you are the windshield. We were the bug tonight. I made a mistake early on and spun myself. Then, we had a restart there at the end on older tires -- everyone had fresher tires -- I tried driving down the bottom of (turn) three underneath the 17 (Taylor Gray) and it just kept sliding. I accidently got into his left rear – tried to stay off of him. That team has their opinion, I have my opinion. I’m sure we will talk at some point. The final restart I had a really good jump. I thought we were going to have a shot there and then we got run in the fence by the 38 (Zane Smith). That’s a couple of times that he has ran me in the fence. I’m taking notes. Solid points day for us. I don’t know where that puts us above the cut line, but we’ve got some really good tracks coming up for us. Proud of everyone at KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports). Thank you to Yahoo, Toyota, TRD, everyone that gives me this opportunity. Let’s go win a championship.”
TSport 200 Recap
  • Enfinger earned his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win of 2022 and will advance to the Round of 8. It was his seventh career victory. Ben Rhodes, Zane Smith, Stewart Friesen and Corey Heim rounded out the top-five finishers.
  • There were 10 cautions for 78 laps and 12 lead changes among six drivers, including Nemechek who led a race-high 75 laps.
How John Hunter Nemechek's KBM Teammates Fared:
·        Corey Heim, driver of the No. 51 Toyota, finished fifth.
·        Chandler Smith, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finish 18th.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Standings
After the first race in the Round of 10, Nemechek and the No. 4 team find themselves in a tie for fifth with KBM teammate Chandler Smith in the Camping World Truck series playoff grid. They currently sit 24 tallies above the cutoff line to advance to the Round of 8.
Next Race
The No. 4 Safeway team turns their focus to Richmond (Va.) Raceway when Camping World Truck Series action returns on Saturday, Aug. 13. Live coverage of the Worldwide Express 250 will be on FS1, Motor Racing Network, and SiriusXM at 8 p.m. ET.

Pocono Post Race Report

aving already locked himself into the playoffs with a win earlier this season at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, John Hunter Nemechek came into the regular season finale at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway looking for a strong run and to build momentum for the playoffs. After starting 12th per NASCAR’s performance matrix system, the second-generation driver earned 11 stage points in route to a third-place finish at ‘The Tricky Triangle’.
When the Truck Series playoffs start next week at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, Nemechek will be the fourth seed and begin the Round of 10 14 points above the cutoff line to advance to the Round of 8.
Stage One Recap
·        Nemechek lined up in the 12th position for Saturday’s CRC Brakleen 150 per NASCAR’s performance matrix system after Friday’s qualifying session was rained out.
·        Before the caution came out on the first lap for a single-truck incident, Nemechek had already gained six spots on the initial start of the race and was scored in sixth.
·        When the third caution of the race came out on lap 13, the second-generation driver communicated to the No. 4 team that he “doesn’t need much. Maybe a little bit of security on entry”.
·        That caution would take the field to the end of the opening stage with Nemechek scored in seventh, earning four stage points.
Stage Two Recap:
·        With differing pit strategies throughout the field, veteran crew chief Eric Phillips summoned his driver down pit road for a four tire and fuel stop at the stage break.
·         After electing to pit, Nemechek lined up for the Stage Two restart scored in 14th.
·        Just five laps into the middle stanza, Nemechek wheeled his Yahoo! Tundra back into the top-10 and was scored in ninth.
·        As the laps wound down in Stage Two, the second-generation driver was running in eighth when the leaders started to hit pit road before the end of Stage Two.
·        The decision to stay out earned the No. 4 team an additional seven stage points as Nemechek took the green-and-white checkered flag in fourth.
Final Stage Recap:
·        Before heading back down pit road at the stage break, Nemechek radioed that his No. 4 Tundra was “getting tighter as the run went on” during the second stage.
·        After a four tire and fuel stop with a wedge adjustment, the No. 4 team lined up for the Final Stage in 11th.
·        The fifth and final caution of the race came out on lap 43, lining up Nemechek on the inside of the third row for the ensuing restart behind his KBM teammates Chandler Smith and Corey Heim in first and third.
·        Nemechek was able to hold onto his spot in fifth for the next 10 laps before passing the No. 42 of Carson Hocevar for fourth with four to go.
·        The Yahoo! driver caught the No. 51 of Heim just two laps later and took over the third position with two laps remaining and his sights set on the leaders.
·        Nemechek was unable to gain ground over the last two laps and took the checkered flag in third, earning his seventh top-five finish of the season.
John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 4 Yahoo! Tundra TRD PRo:
How tough was the battle in the closing laps with your teammate Corey Heim and what did you tell him post-race?
“Just talked about our race and what went on with his truck and my truck and things like that. Overall, a solid day for our Yahoo Toyota Tundra TRD Pro. Thank you to Yahoo, thank you to Toyota, TRD, Kyle (Busch, team owner) and everybody at KBM. All my crew guys put a lot of work into it. We tried and we gave it a shot. Just didn’t have track position all day and it ended up hurting us at the end. Overall, solid third place after driving back through the field and there weren’t many who could do that so proud of the guys, proud of the truck and it’s time to peak and go win a championship.”
CRC Brakleen 150 Recap
  • Chandler Smith earned his fourth career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win. Ryan Preece, John Hunter Nemechek, Corey Heim, and Carson Hocevar rounded out the top-five finishers.
  • There were five cautions for 20 laps and five lead changes among three drivers.
How John Hunter Nemechek's KBM Teammates Fared:
·        Chandler Smith, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished first.
·        Corey Heim, driver of the No. 51 Toyota, finished fourth.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Standings
 Nemechek and the No. 4 team finished the regular season third in the Camping World Truck Series standings and will start the playoffs in the fourth seed. With the points reset, Nemechek will open the playoffs 14 points above the cutoff line for advancing to the Round of 8.
Next Race
The No. 4 Yahoo! team will head to Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park as the Camping World Truck Series opens the playoffs on July 29. Live coverage of the TSport 200 will be on FS1, Motor Racing Network, and SiriusXM at 9 p.m. ET.