Nemechek comes from behind to clinch the NASCAR Truck race at Darlington

Nemechek NASCAR Truck

The NASCAR Truck Series event at Darlington on Friday night was clinched by John Hunter Nemechek, who suffered a pit road mishap.

Nemechek NASCAR Truck

Nemechek, who’d already earned the pole previously in the day, definitely had one of the quickest trucks, but a loose wheel prompted him to pit for the 2nd time soon in Stage 2.

He had fought his way back up front by the end of the race, but during the warning before Stage 3, he collided with Christian Eckes on pit.

On Lap 123, Nemechek overtook both Eckes and Grant Enfinger and pulled ahead for the finale, holding off Carson Hocevar in a two-lap overtime to win his first race of the 2022 season.

His 12th career victory comes after rejoining Kyle Busch Motorsports at the beginning of the 2021 season.

“Huge shout out to all the guys that work on this No. 4 Toyota, just everyone that puts their heart and soul into it,” Nemechek said. “It’s huge. I thought we gave it away early, honestly, but we were able to battle back.

“It’s cool. I learned a lot tonight and was finally able to bring home the first win of the year. It’s been a little bit coming after the start of the year. Thankful for the opportunity from Kyle (Busch) and TRD for putting me in this.”

Enfinger finished third, with Ty Majeski fourth and Matt Crafton fifth.

Parker Kligerman, Ryan Preece, Zane Smith, Tyler Ankrum, and Todd Bodine rounded out the top ten players.

Cla#Driver ManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalLaps LedRetirementPointsBonus
14 John Hunter Nemechek Toyota1492:13’17.789  69 51 
242Carson Hocevar Chevrolet1492:13’18.3410.5520.5529 53 
323 Grant Enfinger Chevrolet1492:13’18.6810.8920.3401 48 
466 Ty Majeski Toyota1492:13’19.6211.8320.940  33 
588 Matt Crafton Toyota1492:13’20.0102.2210.389  38 
675 Parker Kligerman Chevrolet1492:13’20.1402.3510.1309 49 
717 Ryan Preece Ford1492:13’20.7933.0040.653  33 
838Zane Smith Ford1492:13’21.6763.8870.8839 29 
916 Tyler Ankrum Toyota1492:13’21.7353.9460.059  28 
1062 Todd Bodine Toyota1492:13’21.7934.0040.0583 27 
1125 Matt DiBenedetto Chevrolet1492:13’22.0464.2570.253  26 
1252 Stewart Friesen Toyota1492:13’22.2744.4850.228  26 
1391Colby Howard Chevrolet1492:13’22.7274.9380.4531 24 
1402 Jesse Little Chevrolet1492:13’22.7654.9760.038  23 
1540Dean Thompson Chevrolet1492:13’22.7684.9790.003  22 
1656 Timmy Hill Toyota1492:13’23.6575.8680.889  21 
1798 Christian Eckes Toyota1492:13’23.7966.0070.1392 25 
1824Jack Wood Chevrolet1492:13’24.0216.2320.225  19 
1919 Derek Kraus Chevrolet1492:13’24.0976.3080.076  18 
2045Alan Lawless Chevrolet1492:13’24.3096.5200.212  17 
2118Chandler Smith Toyota1492:13’24.4736.6840.164  23 
2220Danny Bohn Chevrolet1492:13’24.6576.8680.184  15 
2351Corey Heim Toyota1492:13’25.3437.5540.686  14 
2412 Spencer Boyd Chevrolet1492:13’26.3808.5911.037  13 
2599 Ben Rhodes Toyota1482:13’25.3361 Lap1 Lap  17 
2641 Ross Chastain Chevrolet1482:13’27.0191 Lap1.68346   
2722 Austin Wayne Self Chevrolet1472:13’26.7852 Laps1 Lap  10 
2833 Josh Reaume Toyota1472:13’27.0142 Laps0.229  9 
291 Hailie Deegan Ford1372:03’04.18212 Laps10 Laps Accident8 
3046 Brennan Poole Ford1252:13’26.21224 Laps12 Laps    
319Blaine Perkins Chevrolet1241:47’00.57525 Laps1 Lap Accident6 
3230Tate Fogleman Toyota1231:46’27.46126 Laps1 Lap Accident5 
3344 Kris Wright Chevrolet1051:33’42.84544 Laps18 Laps Accident4 
3415 Tanner Gray Ford981:22’27.07651 Laps7 Laps Accident7 
3561 Chase Purdy Toyota971:21’20.47552 Laps1 Lap Accident2 
3643Akinori Ogata Chevrolet541:03’41.11495 Laps43 Laps Engine1

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