No. 4 Mobil 1 Tundra Camping World Trucks Knoxville Post Race Report

Race Information:
Date:                        July 9, 2021
Event:                     Corn Belt 150 (Race 14 of 22)
Series:                    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Location:              Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway (half-mile dirt oval)
Format:                 Three Stages; 40 laps/50 laps/89 laps
Start/Finish:       37th/11th (Running, completed 179 of 179 laps)
Winner:                Austin Hill of Hattori Racing Enterprises (Toyota)
John Hunter Nemechek clinched the 2021 regular season NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship with an 11th-place finish on the dirt at Knoxville Raceway. The driver of the No. 4 Mobil 1 Tundra spun coming to the checkered flag but managed to lose minimal spots and would finish 11th.
On Thursday evening, Nemechek made contact with the outside wall during practice and damaged his primary Tundra enough that crew chief Eric Phillips made the decision to go to a backup truck. On Friday, Nemechek then pulled off during his qualifying race, as he would have to start at the rear of the feature regardless.
Nemechek began the race at the tail of the field, but steadily marched toward the front, arriving in the top-10 by lap 73. After a chaotic final stage, Nemechek was ninth coming to the checkers and spun, but managed to continue, losing only two spots to cross the finish line in 11th.
Stage One Recap
  • After wrecking in practice and going to a backup, Nemechek started the race at the tail end of the field, in 37th position.
  • He quickly began to move forward and reported that the No. 4 Mobil 1 Tundra was a little bit snug in the center of the corner and snappy off the corner.
  • Despite the handling issues, Nemechek entered the top-20 on lap 29.
  • Nemechek finished the first stage in the 17th position.
Stage Two Recap:
  • At the stage break, Phillips called Nemechek to pit road for four tires and fuel during the modified pit stop.
  • The No. 4 began the second stage in 17th.
  • After a caution on lap 66, Nemechek reported that he had right front fender damage from contact with the No. 52 and that he was still having handling issues.
  • By lap 73, Nemechek was in the sixth position, but lost one spot in the closing laps of the stanza and would go on to finish the second stage in seventh.
Final Stage Recap:
  • During the stage break, Nemechek reported that his Tundra was really tight and either had the toe knocked out of it or had a tire going down.
  • Phillips called him to pit road under the modified pit stop period to change four tires, fill up with fuel, make adjustments and repair damage.
  • The final stage was full of cautions and restarts, and Nemechek remained in or near the top-ten.
  • After four overtime attempts for an extra 29 laps, Nemechek was coming to the checkered flag in ninth, but spun. The young driver managed to quickly right the No. 4 Tundra and only lost two spots, crossing the line in 11th and clinching the regular season championship.
John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 4 Mobil 1 Tundra for KBM:
 How was your night?
“It was a fun night overall in the Mobil 1 Tundra. It was fun sliding around, not too great of a result, but driving up from 40th, up to the front, back to the back, back to the front, and coming home 11th is not a bad night. Locking up the regular season championship is good too.”
Corn Belt 150 Recap
  • Austin Hill scored the Camping World Truck Series victory, beating Chandler Smith to the checkered flag by 1.207 seconds. Grant Enfinger, Todd Gilliland, and Derek Kraus rounded out the top-five finishers.
  • There were 14 cautions for 80 laps. There were 20 lead changes among seven drivers.
How John Hunter Nemechek's KBM Teammates Fared:
·        Chandler Smith, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished 2nd.
·        Brian Brown, driver of the No. 51 Toyota, finished 8th.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Standings
After 14 races, Nemechek leads Ben Rhodes in the point standings by 85 points and has clinched the regular season championship with one race remaining.
Next Race
 The No. 4 team returns to the track when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series resumes action on Saturday, August 7 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. Live coverage will be on FS1, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM at 12:30 p.m. ET.

John Hunter Nemechek 'Powers Up' to Earn Fifth Win of Season

Race Information:
John Hunter Nemechek picked up his fifth win of the season, beating team owner Kyle Busch on Saturday at Pocono Raceway in the No. 4 Power Up Premium Trail Mix Tundra. Nemechek started the 60-lap event from the seventh position, but fell back on the start, finishing the first stage in the 12th position. After pitting during the stage break, Nemechek rallied, winning the second stage and eventually outdueling Busch for the race win.
Stage One Recap
  • Nemechek began the race from the seventh position. On the initial start, a caution was thrown almost immediately for a wreck.
  • Nemechek restarted on lap 5 in the eighth position but was quickly shuffled back.
  • As the stage progressed, Nemechek informed his team that his No. 4 Tundra was too free off the corner.
  • The 24-year-old driver finished the first stage in 12th position.
Stage Two Recap:
  • At the stage break, crew chief Eric Phillips called Nemechek onto pit road for four tires, fuel, and adjustments. A speedy stop allowed him to leave pit road first, but with five trucks electing to remain on track, he would restart in the sixth position on lap 21.
  • During the 13-lap green flag run in Stage 2, Nemechek worked his way to second, inheriting the lead as several trucks made green-flag pit stops near the end of the stage.
  • When the green-checkered flag flew for the end of Stage 2, Nemechek scored the stage win and the playoff point.
Final Stage Recap:
  • During the stage break, Phillips called Nemechek to pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments. He started the final stage in the 11th position.
  • While teammate and team owner Busch led the way, Nemechek slowly stalked to the front in the final 25 laps.
  • Under caution with eight laps to go, the driver of the No. 4 reported that his Tundra was pretty good, with no issues except it was a tiny bit snug entering Turn 1.
  • On the final restart, Nemechek lined up side-by-side on the front row with Busch and was able to use the inside lane to pull to the front for the remaining laps and earn his fifth win on the season, besting Busch for the third time in 2021.
John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 4 Power Up Tundra for KBM:
 When you got the caution, what was going through your mind?
“We didn’t have enough time there. We were running him down. We definitely had a really fast Power Up Toyota Tundra. Overall, huge shoutout to all of my guys. They never gave up. We weren’t very good in Stage 1. We kept working on it. Just thankful for the opportunity from Toyota, Jack (Irving), Tyler (Gibbs), David Wilson, Kyle (Busch), Samantha (Busch) that put this whole deal together. I’m proud of everyone at KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports), all of these guys, I feel like I have the best team in the garage and one of the best pit crews as well. How about all of these fans out here. I’ve never seen so many fans and so many campers here at Pocono. It’s really cool to see.”
CRC Brakleen 150 Recap
  • Nemechek scored the Camping World Truck Series victory, beating Busch to the checkered flag by 1.337 seconds. Sheldon Creed, Tyler Ankrum and Austin Hill rounded out the top-five finishers.
  • There were four cautions for 13 laps. There were eight lead changes among seven drivers.
How John Hunter Nemechek's KBM Teammates Fared:
  • Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 51 Toyota, finished 2nd.
  • Chandler Smith, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished 25th.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Standings
With two races remaining in the regular season, Nemechek and the No. 4 team extended their lead over Ben Rhodes in the point standings to 86 points
Next Race
The No. 4 team returns to the track when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series resumes action on Friday, July 9 at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway. Live coverage will be on FS1, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM at 9 p.m. ET.

No. 4 Mobil 1 Tundra Camping World Trucks Nashville Post Race Report

Race Information:
Date:                       June 18, 2021
Event:                     Rackley Roofing 200 (Race 12 of 22)
Series:                    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Location:               Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway (1.33-mile D-shaped oval)
Format:                 Three Stages; 45 laps/50 laps/55 laps
Start/Finish:       34th/10th (Running, completed 150 of 150 laps)
Winner:                Ryan Preece of David Gilliland Racing (Ford)
John Hunter Nemechek finished 10th in the Rackley Roofing 200 at Nashville Superspeedway after starting at the rear of the field due to his qualifying time being disallowed by NASCAR. Nemechek was able to work his way to 20th in the opening laps of the first stage. With strategy calls from crew chief Eric Phillips, Nemechek was able to secure his 10th top-1o finish of 2021. Nemechek continues to hold the lead in the point standings, leading Ben Rhodes by 70 points.
Stage One Recap
  • Nemechek started from the 34th position after NASCAR disallowed his lap in qualifying Friday afternoon. Prior to the penalty, Nemechek went around the 1.33-mile facility at an average speed of 156.440 mph,
  • In the opening stint, Nemechek radioed that his Mobil 1 Tundra lacked rear grip.
  • With the stage going from green to green-checkered, Nemechek finished the stage in the 21st position.
Stage Two Recap:
  • At the stage break, Nemechek radioed that his Mobil 1 Tundra tightened up as the run progressed. Phillips summoned Nemechek onto pit road for four tires, fuel, and adjustments. The over-the-wall crew administered a speedy stop to gain three positions. Nemechek started the second stage from 18th.
  • Nemechek worked his way up to 15th by the time the second caution waved on lap 78. Under the caution, Nemechek radioed that he was loose in traffic and continuing to deal with brake issues. Phillips summoned the Mobil 1 driver down pit road for four fresh tires, fuel, and adjustments. Nemechek would restart from the 15th position.
  • When the green-checkered flag flew on lap 95, Nemechek was scored in the 11th position.
Final Stage Recap:
  • At the break, Nemechek radioed that his Mobil 1 Tundra was tight in traffic. Phillips summoned Nemechek back onto pit road for four tires, fuel, and adjustments. Nemechek would start the final stage in the 11th position.
  • After back-to-back cautions, Nemechek settled in the 10th position to score his 10th top-10 finish of 2021.
John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 4 Mobil 1 Tundra for KBM:
Rackley Roofing 200 Recap
  • Ryan Preece scored his first career Camping World Truck Series victory beating Todd Gilliland to the stripe by 0.950 seconds. Grant Enfinger, Zane Smith, and Stewart Friesen rounded out the top-five finishers.
  • There were five cautions for 29 laps. There were eight lead changes among six drivers.
How John Hunter Nemechek's KBM Teammates Fared:
  • Drew Dollar, driver of the No. 51 Toyota, finished 24th.
  • Chandler Smith, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished 13th.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Standings
After 12 races, Nemechek and the No. 4 team continue to lead Ben Rhodes in the point standings by 70 points.
Next Race
The No. 4 team returns to the track when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series resumes action on Saturday, June 26 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. Live coverage will be on FS1, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM at noon ET.

No. 4 Mobil 1 Tundra Camping World Trucks Nashville Preview

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Overview:
Event:                               Rackley Roofing 200, Race 12 of 22, 150 Laps – 45/50/55; 199.5 Miles
Location:                       Nashville Superspeedway (1.33-mile concrete oval)
Date/Broadcast:         June 18, 2021 at 8 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR 90
Neme'chek' The Facts:
  • Entering the second half of the season, John Hunter Nemechek and the No. 4 Mobil 1 team roll into Nashville Superspeedway riding momentum after capturing the team’s fourth win of the 2021 season at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. So far in 2021, Nemechek leads the series in wins (four), stage wins (eight), top fives (seven), and laps led (473). Nemechek continues to lead Ben Rhodes by 78 points in the driver point standings with four races remaining in the regular season.
  • Friday’s race will mark the first time that the Camping World Truck Series has raced at Nashville Superspeedway, a 1.33-mile concrete oval since July 2011. Across five starts, KBM has collected two wins (Kyle Busch: 2010 & 2011), two top fives, three top tens, 271 laps led and an average finish of 9.2. Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) earned its first-ever Camping World Truck Series victory at the Tennessee track in April 2010 with owner-driver Kyle Busch behind the wheel and Nemechek’s crew chief Eric Phillips on the pit box. Busch also was victorious there in April 2011 with Phillips.
  • While Nemechek has never made a start at Nashville Superspeedway, he was a fixture in the prestigious All-American 400 weekend held at Nashville (Tenn.) Fairgrounds Speedway, a half-mile oval, from 2013 to 2015. In 2014, Nemechek dominated the All-American 400 by leading 294 out of 300 laps en route to his sole victory.
  • Nemechek is a 10-time winner in Camping World Truck Series action, winning at least one race each season from 2015 to 2018 for his family-owned team, NEMCO Motorsports, and returning to victory lane this year with KBM. Across 113 career starts in NASCAR’s third division, the second-generation driver has compiled two poles, 1082 laps led, 35 top-five and 59 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 12.6. The North Carolina native qualified for the Camping World Truck Series playoffs in each of his two full-time seasons, finishing eighth in the championship standings in both 2016 and 2017. He was voted the series most popular driver in 2015.
  • Eric Phillips returns to KBM to lead the No. 4 team this season. Phillips led the No. 18 team at KBM in its debut season in 2010 and helped build the organization into one of the premier teams in all of NASCAR before departing at the end of the 2014 season. Under his guidance, the No. 18 team won eight races in its inaugural campaign and became the first team in Truck Series history to capture an owner’s championship in its first season of competition. In 2014, the Illinois native led the No. 51 team to an owner’s championship and his team’s 10 wins spearheaded KBM to a single-season Truck Series record of 14 wins. His 41 career Truck Series victories make him the winningest crew chief in Truck Series history, with 31 of those coming while at KBM. Across 10 starts at Nashville, Phillips has collected two wins, two top fives, three top 10s, and an average finish of 15.8. Phillips won with Kyle Busch in 2010 and 2011.
John Hunter Nemechek, Driver Q&A:
John Hunter Nemechek | Nashville Preview
We’re halfway through the season. How would you evaluate the first half?
“I feel like our season is going pretty good so far. We have four wins at this point. I wish we had more, but at the same time, having four is a great ordeal for our No. 4 team. I’m excited to see what the next 11 races bring. Hopefully we can score quite a few more.”
With a handful of drivers having experience at Nashville and the success of Eric Phillips there, will it help to have someone that knows what’s going on?
“I think having Eric as a crew chief that knows what to expect when going to Nashville having won there twice, I’m very thankful for that. I can pick his brain. He’s been a huge help to me as well as Kyle. I’m just trying to learn as much as I can. He’s always been super successful and super fast there. I’m trying to pick his brain and learn as much as I possibly can and soak it up like a sponge. The more information the better. Sadly, I was too young to race there before they shut it down, but I’m glad to be going back.”
Nashville gives out the Gibson Guitar trophy. Do you have any trophies that stand out?
“I wouldn’t say that there is one that stands out. I feel like everyone is cool. I will say from Nashville and having won the All American 400 and bringing a guitar home from the Nashville Fairgrounds is awesome. Hopefully we can bring another guitar home to hang from Nashville Superspeedway. Hopefully we can get that done.”
Nashville is the home of country music. If you could trade spots with a country music star or band, who would it be?
 “I would say I would have to swap spots with Eric Church, Kenny Chesney or Jason Aldean. I think that those three guys have a lot of fun. Their concerts are packed. Kenny Chesney is always somewhere on a beach so that’d be a lot of fun. It would just be a fun experience. It’s all about just having fun, smiling and enjoying life.”
John Hunter Nemechek Career Highlights:
  • Ten-time winner in Camping World Truck Series action, winning at least one race each season from 2015 to 2018 for his family-owned team, NEMCO Motorsports. Across 113 career starts in NASCAR’s third division, has compiled two poles, 1,082 laps led, 35 top-five and 59 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 12.6.
  • Qualified for the Camping World Truck Series playoffs in each of his two full-time seasons, finishing eighth in the championship standings in both 2016 and 2017.
  • Produced three top-10 finishes and an average result of 22.4 while competing for rookie of the year honors in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2020. He recorded a career-best eighth-place finish twice, both coming at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, earned the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award four times and finished 23rd in the championship standings.
  • Across 52 career XFINITY Series starts, has totaled one win (Kansas Speedway, 10/20/18), one pole, 225 laps led, 12 top-five and 30 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 12.0.
John Hunter Nemechek's No. 4 Mobil 1 Tundra:
KBM-068: The No. 4 Mobil 1 team will unload KBM-068 Friday at Nashville for its 2021 debut. Last season, Christian Eckes ran the chassis three times with a best finish of fourth in the season finale at Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway.
KBM Notes of Interest:
  • KBM drivers have collected two wins, two poles, 271 laps led, two top-five and three top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 9.8 across five starts in the Music City.
  • Owner-driver Kyle Busch’s earned his organization its first-ever NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in April of 2010 and also was victorious there in April of 2011.
  • KBM holds the Camping World Truck Series records for most career wins (87) and most wins in a single season (14 in 2014). With his victory at the Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt Track, Martin Truex Jr. became the 16th different driver to win a Truck Series event for KBM. In addition to collecting a series-record seven Owner's Championships, the organization has produced two championship-winning drivers: Erik Jones (2015) and Christopher Bell (2017).
  • The No. 4 has 15 career victories at KBM and was the number for both of the organization’s driver championships.

No. 4 ROMCO Equipment Co. Tundra Camping World Trucks Texas Post Race Report

Race Information:
Date:                       June 12, 2021
Event:                     SpeedyCash.com 220 (Race 11 of 22)
Series:                    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Location:               Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (1.5-mile quad-oval)
Format:                 Three Stages; 35 laps/35 laps/77 laps
Start/Finish:       1st/1st (Running, completed 147 of 147 laps)
Winner:                John Hunter Nemechek of Kyle Busch Motorsports (Toyota)
John Hunter Nemechek captured his fourth victory of the 2021 season in the SpeedyCash.com 220 at Texas Motor Speedway. Nemechek was running second to 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott as teams began making their final scheduled pit stops. Crew chief Eric Phillips played the strategy card and kept the ROMCO Equipment Co. Tundra out longer than Elliott under green flag conditions in the final stage and when stops cycled through the move paid off and Nemechek was at the front of the field. Nemechek led a race-high 64 laps en route to his 10th career Truck Series victory.
Stage One Recap
  • Nemechek started from the pole based on NASCAR’s performance-matrix formula.
  • In the opening stint, Nemechek radioed to his crew that his ROMCO Equipment Co. Tundra was a touch free to start. At the first caution on lap 7, Nemechek continued to lead, but he restarted from the second position after NASCAR deemed that he did not maintain caution car speed.
  • Despite restarting second, Nemechek was able to quickly regain the lead. While leading, a piece of debris attached itself to the nose of Nemechek’s ROMCO Equipment Co. Tundra. By the second caution on lap 21, the debris was no longer an issue.
  • During the second caution, Nemechek radioed that his ROMCO Tundra was free overall. Phillips elected to keep his driver on the racetrack to restart from the race lead.
  • With a caution flying on lap 33, Nemechek was able to secure his eighth stage win of the 2021 season.
Stage Two Recap:
  • At the stage break, Nemechek radioed that his Tundra was better but that the back was stepping out. Phillips summoned his driver to pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments. Nemechek would restart from the 10th position behind those that stayed out.
  • At the fourth cation on lap 52, Nemechek worked his way to the second position.
  • At the fifth caution on lap 62, Nemechek worked his way up to the fourth position and radioed to his crew that he was trying to navigate the dirty air. Phillips summoned Nemechek onto pit road for four tires and fuel. Nemechek restarted from the 10th position.
  • With the second stage ending under caution, Nemechek would be credited with a ninth-place finish but would receive points for an eighth-place finish due to a disqualification of another competitor in post-race technical inspection.
Final Stage Recap:
  • With the strategy call by Phillips, Nemechek stayed out under the stage caution to restart in the fourth position.
  • Prior to pitting under green-flag conditions, Nemechek radioed that the balance of the ROMCO Equipment Co. Tundra was good but snug exiting turn 2. With the race leaders making pit stops and Nemechek running second, Phillips kept Nemechek on the racetrack until lap 119 when the over-the-wall crew added fuel and changed four tires. Nemechek cycled back to the lead on lap 126.
  • Nemechek would maintain the lead to score his fourth victory of 2021.
John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 4 ROMCO Equipment Co. Tundra for KBM:
Are you starting to make a statement with this team right now?
“Yeah, I definitely think so. I feel like we’ve been making a statement all year. I feel like we’re one of the favorites every time that we show up to the racetrack. I can’t say enough about Eric Phillips (crew chief) and all these guys. Everyone, the pit crew, everyone at KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports), the fab shop, machine shop, chassis shop. Everyone does so good with building our trucks and I’m just lucky enough to be behind the wheel. It’s amazing to get win number four here. I haven’t won with ROMCO Equipment on board yet in my career so finally we were able to get them a win. There’s 250 of their employees here today so huge shoutout to them as well as the fans.”
How would you describe your race today?
“I feel like we had the dominant truck kind of like we do every single week. I’m just proud to be able to be behind the wheel and blessed to be behind the wheel. Huge shoutout to Kyle (Busch, team owner) and Jack (Irving, TRD) and Tyler (Gibbs, TRD) and David Wilson (president, TRD) and everyone at Toyota for giving me this opportunity. Without them, none of this would be possible. ROMCO Equipment on board, their first win with me so it will be cool to be able to go to victory lane with them. These fans are awesome. We have 250 ROMCO employees here as well today. We just want to keep racking them up. We’re #Here4Wins.”
Are you Playoff ready or what does this team need to work on prior to the Playoffs starting?
“I hope this is only the beginning. I hope that we have a lot more to come. I feel like we have a lot more work to do. These guys work their tails off. I know Eric (Phillips, crew chief) is one of the first guys there and last ones to leave every night. It’s awesome. Win number 41 for him. Win number 10 for me. Just have to keep it going. We’re #Here4Wins.”
SpeedyCash.com 220 Recap
  • Nemechek captured his fourth victory of 2021 and 10th of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career beating Chase Elliott to the stripe by 3.361 seconds. Grant Enfinger, Austin Hill, and Chandler Smith rounded out the top five.
  • There were six cautions for 38 laps. There were 14 lead changes among seven different drivers with Nemechek leading a race-high 64 laps.
How John Hunter Nemechek's KBM Teammates Fared:
  • Drew Dollar, driver of the No. 51 Toyota, finished 33rd.
  • Chandler Smith, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished fifth.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Standings
After 11 races, Nemechek and the No. 4 team continue to lead Ben Rhodes in the point standings by 78 points.
Next Race
The No. 4 team returns to the track when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series resumes action on Friday, June 18 at Nashville Superspeedway. Live coverage will be on FS1, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM at 8 p.m. ET.

No. 4 ROMCO Equipment Co. Camping World Trucks Texas Preview

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Overview:
Event:                                 SpeedyCash.com 220, Race 11 of 22, 147 Laps – 35/35/77; 220.5 Miles
Location:                         Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (1.5-mile quad-oval)
Date/Broadcast:           June 12, 2021 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR 90
Neme'chek' The Facts:
  • John Hunter Nemechek and the No. 4 ROMCO Equipment Co team roll into Texas Motor Speedway riding momentum after capturing the team’s third win of the 2021 season at Charlotte (N.C) Motor Speedway. The SpeedyCash.com 220 Saturday afternoon at Texas marks the halfway point of the 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. So far in 2021, Nemechek leads the series in wins (three), stage wins (eight), top fives (six), and laps led (409). Nemechek continues to lead Ben Rhodes by 44 points in the point standings with five races remaining in the regular season.
  • In NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition at Texas, Nemechek has five starts at the 1.5-mile facility. His best career finish at Texas was seventh in 2021. Across his five starts, he has completed 95.7% (742/775) of the laps, has an average start of 14.6, and an average finish of 15.2. Nemechek finished 21st in his NASCAR Cup Series debut at Texas in November of 2019 and finished 22nd in both of his NASCAR Cup Series starts at Texas last season. In his three NASCAR Xfinity Series starts, Nemechek finished in the top-10 in all three including a best finish of fourth in 2018.
  • Nemechek is a nine-time winner in Camping World Truck Series action, winning at least one race each season from 2015 to 2018 for his family-owned team, NEMCO Motorsports, and returning to victory lane this year with KBM. Across 112 career starts in NASCAR’s third division, the second-generation driver has compiled two poles, 1018 laps led, 34 top-five and 58 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 12.7. The North Carolina native qualified for the Camping World Truck Series playoffs in each of his two full-time seasons, finishing eighth in the championship standings in both 2016 and 2017. He was voted the series most popular driver in 2015.
  • KBM has collected the trophy at all four mile-and-a-half races in 2021, with Nemechek winning at Charlotte and Las Vegas while Kyle Busch brought home the trophy at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. KBM drivers have combined to lead 70.1% (379/538) of the total laps in the four races on 1.5-mile tracks this season.
  • Eric Phillips returns to KBM to lead the No. 4 team this season. Phillips led the No. 18 team at KBM in its debut season in 2010 and helped build the organization into one of the premier teams in all of NASCAR before departing at the end of the 2014 season. Under his guidance, the No. 18 team won eight races in its inaugural campaign and became the first team in Truck Series history to capture an owner’s championship in its first season of competition. In 2014, the Illinois native led the No. 51 team to an owner’s championship and his team’s 10 wins spearheaded KBM to a single-season Truck Series record of 14 wins. His 40 career Truck Series victories make him the winningest crew chief in Truck Series history, with 30 of those coming while at KBM. Across 19 starts at Texas, Phillips has collected three wins, six top fives, 11 top 10s, and an average finish of 11.9. Phillips won in 2006 with Clint Bowyer and with Kyle Busch in 2010 and 2014. He also captured one NASCAR Xfinity Series victory at Texas with John Hunter Nemechek’s father, Joe, in March of 2003.
John Hunter Nemechek, Driver Q&A:
John Hunter Nemechek | Texas Preview
After everything that happened at Charlotte, what did it mean to get the win?
“Starting off the way we did at Charlotte by going P1 on the board to the next lap hitting the fence was not the way we wanted to start off the weekend. I guess we got it out of the way early. We were able to fix that truck and take it to victory lane. It meant a lot to myself and the team. We were in there working, trying to get it back together to not pull a backup truck out, and luckily it wasn’t as bad as we thought it was. We were able to get it going.”
How similar is Texas compared to Charlotte?
“I feel like it used to be similar before the repave. I feel like it’s definitely changed a lot now with the repave. The same aspect applies with the PJ1 being applied like Charlotte did. Hopefully it will make for some great racing and come in fast since we are the first ones on the track this weekend. There are a lot of unknowns going into the weekend. Texas has always been a good place for me. I hope to bring home another win on a mile-and-a-half.”
With five races left in the regular season, is winning the regular season championship on your mind?
“Getting the regular season championship is a goal for us. We are #Here4Wins. We want to win everything we can, from races to championships to anything plus. Winning the regular season championship gives you a big bonus going into the Playoffs. We have five more races to go and try to win to continue our points lead. We have to maximize our days and our potential and can increase that lead by the end of those five races.”
John Hunter Nemechek Career Highlights:
  • Nine-time winner in Camping World Truck Series action, winning at least one race each season from 2015 to 2018 for his family-owned team, NEMCO Motorsports. Across 112 career starts in NASCAR’s third division, has compiled two poles, 1,018 laps led, 34 top-five and 58 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 12.7.
  • Qualified for the Camping World Truck Series playoffs in each of his two full-time seasons, finishing eighth in the championship standings in both 2016 and 2017.
  • Produced three top-10 finishes and an average result of 22.4 while competing for rookie of the year honors in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2020. He recorded a career-best eighth-place finish twice, both coming at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, earned the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award four times and finished 23rd in the championship standings.
  • Across 52 career XFINITY Series starts, has totaled one win (Kansas Speedway, 10/20/18), one pole, 225 laps led, 12 top-five and 30 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 12.0.
John Hunter Nemechek's No. 4 ROMCO Equipment Co. Tundra:
KBM-038: The No. 4 ROMCO team will unload KBM-038 Saturday at Texas. So far in 2021, KBM-038 has ran once at Kansas Speedway where Nemechek piloted the chassis to a fifth-place finish. Overall, “38 Special” has collected six wins across 21 career starts. Three with Christopher Bell and one each with Kyle Busch, William Byron and Noah Gragson.
KBM Notes of Interest:
  • KBM drivers have collected eight wins, three poles, 18 top-five and 33 top-10 finishes, and an average finish of 10.9 across 53 starts in the Lone Star State.
  • Owner-driver Kyle Busch’s victory in July 2020 was his fourth for his organization (2010, 2014, 2019 & 2020), Greg Biffle (2020), Christopher Bell (2017), William Byron (2016) and Erik Jones (2015) all have one victory at Texas.
  • KBM holds the Camping World Truck Series records for most career wins (86) and most wins in a single season (14 in 2014). With his victory at the Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt Track, Martin Truex Jr. became the 16th different driver to win a Truck Series event for KBM. In addition to collecting a series-record seven Owner's Championships, the organization has produced two championship-winning drivers: Erik Jones (2015) and Christopher Bell (2017).
  • The No. 4 has 14 career victories at KBM and was the number for both of the organization’s driver championships.

No. 4 Mobil 1 Tundra Camping World Trucks Bristol Post Race Report

John Hunter Nemechek was relegated to a 39th-place finish on the dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway due to another competitor making contact with the nose of the No. 4 Mobil 1 Tundra after he spun at the front of the field on lap 48. Prior to spinning, Nemechek was running in fifth position.

Nemechek’s lead in the point standings shrinks to six tallies over Toyota teammate Ben Rhodes.

Stage One Recap
With the qualifying races rained out on Saturday, Nemechek started from the pole position after a performance matrix based on based off of finishing position from the previous race, ranking in owner points standings and the fastest lap from the previous race at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway. When the field went green, Nemechek fell back through the field to the ninth position. Nemechek radioed to his Mobil 1 crew that his Tundra was tight. After a slow start, Nemechek was able to recover to finish the opening stanza in the fifth position.

Stage Two Recap
Under the stage caution, Nemechek radioed to his crew that there was enough drive in his Tundra. Crew chief Eric Phillips elected to keep Nemechek out on the racetrack under the controlled caution, due to track position being key. Nemechek restarted in the second position. While Nemechek was running in the fifth position, Matt Crafton tapped the bumper of the Mobil 1 Tundra and sent the No. 4 for a spin. As he waited for traffic to clear, Derek Kraus spun, hitting Nemechek to knock the radiator out. Nemechek was relegated to a 39th-place finish.

What exactly happened there?
“I don’t know. Matt (Crafton) just flat-out ran over me, so that one will be in the memory bank, but we were fine. We didn’t hit anything and then towards the end of that whole deal, the 19 (Derek Kraus) – I guess him and his spotter both need a set of glasses, so I will have those for them at Richmond.”


No. 4 Mobil 1 Tundra Camping World Trucks Atlanta Post Race Report

John Hunter Nemechek continued his momentum to start the 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a third-place finish. Nemechek was able to score two playoff points by winning the opening two stages at Atlanta and extended his lead in the championship standings to 47 over Ben Rhodes.

Stage One Recap

Nemechek started from the pole position after a performance matrix based off of finishing position from the previous race, ranking in owner points standings and the fastest lap from the previous race at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. At the competition caution on Lap 15, Nemechek radioed to his crew that he was taking care of his equipment. Crew chief Eric Phillips elected to keep his driver on the racetrack under the caution. Nemechek was able to capture the stage victory by passing team owner Kyle Busch in the closing laps to score 10 championship points and an additional playoff point.

Stage Two Recap:

Under the stage caution, Nemechek radioed to his crew that he needed help running the bottom of the racetrack. Phillips summoned his driver to pit road for four tires, adjustments and fuel. After a speedy pit stop by the Mobil 1 crew, Nemechek would restart the stage from the race lead. With the second stage going green from start to finish, Nemechek radioed to his Mobil 1 crew in the middle of the run that the nose of his Tundra needed to be more off the racetrack to help with tire conservation. Nemechek would once again pass Busch to add another playoff point to his name.

Final Stage Recap:

Under the break, Nemechek radioed to his crew that his Mobil 1 Tundra lost lateral grip near the end of the run. Phillips brought his driver to pit road for four tires, fuel, and adjustments. Nemechek would restart the final stage from second behind Busch. Prior to coming down pit road for green flag pit stops, Nemechek radioed that his Mobil 1 Tundra was free running the top lane and that his Tundra could be a touch tighter. Phillips summoned his driver to pit road on Lap 100. Nemechek would cycle back to the third position and would finish the race in the same position.

John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 4 Mobil 1 Tundra for KBM:

Couldn’t quite out-do the boss today, but how was your run overall? “I felt like we were strong in stage one and stage two. I felt like we could hang with Kyle (Busch), and then we got around in him in lap traffic at the end of the stages. Solid points day overall for our Mobil 1 Toyota Tundra. I can’t thank everyone at KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports) enough and all of our partners for supporting this deal. Overall, I’m happy with the day, but I’m disappointed. I was hoping to beat Kyle today, but I didn’t have anything for him there at the end. I’ve got to go study some green-flag pit stop stuff and get better there. It’s always a work in progress. We will be back next week at Bristol dirt and hopefully go get us a win there.”


John Hunter Nemechek Beats the Boss to Win At Las Vegas

John Hunter Nemechek was able to hold off KBM team owner Kyle Busch over the final seven laps of the Bucked Up 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to score his first victory of 2021 and the seventh of his Camping World Truck Series career.

Nemechek led a race-high 94 laps. With his victory at Las Vegas, the 23-year-old driver secured the Camping World Trucks points lead. The talented driver and his father are the first father-son duo to have a NASCAR national series victory at Las Vegas.

Stage One Recap
Nemechek started in the third position after a performance matrix based on based off of finishing position from the previous race, the No. 4 team’s ranking in the 2020 owner points standings and the fastest lap from the previous race on the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway Road Course. Nemechek was able to capture the race lead on the first restart of the night on Lap 7 and would remain out front for the remainder of the stanza to score the stage victory, his third of the season.

Stage Two Recap:
Under the stage caution, Nemechek radioed to his crew that he was free during the run and needed more lateral grip. Veteran crew chief Eric Phillips summoned his driver to pit road for four tires and fuel. After a speedy pit stop by the Mobil 1 crew, Nemechek would restart the stage from the race lead.
The second-generation driver would hold the lead until Busch maneuvered around him with 12 laps remaining in the stage.
Nemechek would finish the second stage in the second position.

Final Stage Recap:
Under the break, Nemechek radioed to his crew that his Mobil 1 Tundra felt free and that lateral stability was needed. Phillips brought his driver to pit road for four tires, fuel, and adjustments. Nemechek would restart the final stage from second. Nemechek would garner the race lead on Lap 68. At the sixth caution of the evening on Lap 90, Nemechek radioed that his Mobil 1 Tundra needed to be a little bit tighter. Phillips summoned his driver to pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments. Nemechek would restart in the seventh position. Before the race resumed under green flag conditions, Nemechek was asked to take care of his equipment. After three green flag laps, Nemechek worked his way back up to the second position. After the seventh caution, Nemechek was able to secure the race lead again on the restart on Lap 104.

Over the next two cautions, Nemechek was asked to save fuel and take care of his tires. Nemechek was able to hold off team owner Kyle Busch in the closing seven laps of the race to score his first victory of 2021.

You won the race and beat the boss. How was that finish for you?
“I just can’t thank everyone at Toyota, Jack Irving (TRD), Kyle Busch, Uncle Eric (Phillips, crew chief) for this opportunity. It means a lot to me. Mobil 1 on board, coming back to the Truck Series, that was the plan, that was the goal. We came into this year with the hashtag here for wins and we are here for wins. I definitely think experience paid off tonight. We did an amazing job. I can’t thank Fire Alarm Services, ROMCO, all of our partners for all of their help. Thank you fans for being here. It’s awesome to have you guys back. I can’t wait to go celebrate.”

Once you were clear, what were you thinking?
“He was faster than me in stage two, so I really didn’t know. It was all about using our truck to the best we could possibly do, wrapping the bottom and taking the dirty air away. He had to run up and it created more lap time for him. Overall, it was an awesome victory. I wish my wife Taylor was here. Thank you for all of the support, my family, everyone involved. She had to stay home because we are about to be on baby watch. It’s awesome.”

How crazy were the restarts during the race?
“They definitely were. Overall, it was an amazing day. Our restarts were on point all day. Just a lot of fun and that’s all we can ask for. We’re here to have fun, we’re here for wins and we’re doing it.”


No. 4 Mobil 1 Tundra Camping World Trucks Daytona RC Post Race Report

John Hunter Nemechek finished third in the BrakeBest Brake Pads 159 at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course. Nemechek was able to score his second stage win of the season in the opening stanza of the event. Prior to coming to pit road for the first time in the second stage, Nemechek ran out of fuel. The Mobil 1 driver was able to rebound and get a lap back in the final stage to finish third.

With his stage win, Nemechek now sits second in the Camping World Trucks driver’s standings just nine points behind leader Ben Rhodes.

Stage One Recap
Nemechek started in the fourth position after a performance matrix based off the No. 4 team’s final ranking in the 2020 owner points standings, as well as his finishing position and the fastest lap he turned during the Camping World Truck Series’ previous race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. Nemechek was able to garner the race lead on the opening lap of the race after NASCAR deemed the race to be run under “wet” conditions. When the first caution fell on Lap 10, Nemechek radioed to his Mobil 1 crew that he was having slight trouble with the drive off the corners. Veteran crew chief Eric Phillips kept his driver on the racetrack. Nemechek would win Stage One.

Stage Two Recap:
At the stage break, Phillips would keep his driver out on the racetrack. Nemechek would start the stage from the lead. As the Mobil 1 crew was about to come to pit road to put on slicks, Nemechek would run out of fuel coming out of the bus stop on the backstretch. Nemechek would receive a push to pit road and lose one lap. Nemechek would finish the final stage in the 36th position.

Final Stage Recap:
Under the break, Nemechek was told to take care of his Mobil 1 Tundra and to get in the free pass position as the No. 4 team believed more cautions would be imminent. Nemechek would restart the stage from the 35th position. The break for the Mobil 1 team came on Lap 40 when the fourth caution of the night came. Nemechek was able to take the free pass. Under the caution, Nemechek was reassured that he had a fast Toyota Tundra when he was told that if he would have been on the lead lap, he would have worked his way up to the 14th position from the back of the pack. Nemechek would restart at the rear of the field in the 26th position. After a couple of green flag laps before the fifth caution, Nemechek would restart from the 15th position and be asked to make smart decisions. In the restart coming out of the sixth caution period, Nemechek went through the grass entering Turn One. Nemechek would work his way up to the ninth position before the seventh caution came out on Lap 43. Because he went through the grass on the restart, the No. 4 crew made sure there was no grass on the grille of his Tundra. On the restart on Lap 45, Nemechek worked the inside lane to work his way up to third before the eighth caution of the night on Lap 46. Nemechek was able to work his way to the second position before the ninth caution flew on Lap 49. After the third attempt at NASCAR Overtime, Nemechek would finish the race in the third position.

How do you describe this race and the last few laps?
“Very frustrating day. Had a really fast Tundra and led most of the race. Second stage, we thought we were good on mileage with the wet conditions and how slow we were. Ended up running out of gas. Just a mistake. Honest mistake. We win and lose as a team. Fought hard, got our lap back and got back to the front, made some moves and we did some things there on strategy that hurt us, but put us in a good position for that last restart. I just messed up. Go back and study and be better next time.”