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Nemechek holds off Kyle Busch for victory at Las Vegas

John Hunter Nemechek wins at Las Vegas. Credits: NASCAR, Getty Images.

The Bucked Up 250 started out with defending Truck champion leaping out to the lead early with the Kyle Busch Motorsports Tundra of John Hunter Nemechek chasing right behind.

The action of the event started early with Cory Roper spinning in turn four on lap 5. John Hunter would take the lead on the restart and drive off to his second stage win of 2021 while owner Kyle Busch cruised from 29th to 4th.

Nemechek continued his dominance leading the first 16 laps of stage 2 before losing the position to Kyle Busch who overcame an early tire rub in the opening laps of the stage.

Polesitter Sheldon Creed would lose his top five running position to a loss in oil pressure on lap 44. He would fall outside the top 10 while his teammate Zane Smith made an unscheduled pit stop for fresh tires. Smith’s temper was livid on the radio after being caught for speeding on pit road and some excessive contact on the backstretch with David Gilliland.

Ahead of all this would be Kyle Busch picking up the win in a caution free stage two.

Canada’s Stewart Friesen took the lead off pit road over the KBM teammates but it didn’t take long for the two to push each other back out front and take control of the race once again.

Behind the black Tundra’s was three and four-wide racing all through the pack that ended with a fiery crash from Conor Daly in turn 2. He would walk away from his damaged 44 with injuries.

On the restart Kyle Busch once again pushed his teammate to the lead while just six laps later into the run, the third KBM truck of Chandler Smith got into the wall off of two and later spun on the backstretch bringing out another caution early in the final stage.

Nemechek would beat the boss on the restart and pull over a second lead in the next several laps before Kyle Busch flew a left rear tire with 46 to go. He nursed the truck around the track before losing control and bringing the caution out.

Six drivers would stay out and the restart would be hard racing for every position as truckers were four wide everywhere. This would end in calamity when Raphael Lessard cut in front of David Gilliland sending them and many others into the wall including Ryan Truex, Hailie Deegan, Bret Holmes, and a few other trucks. Most having their nights cut short with less than 40 to go.

The 51 of Kyle Busch was the beneficiary of all this earning the free pass and earning a spot back on the lead lap in 26th.

Brett Moffitt would lead the restart but John Hunter Nemechek would retake the lead with 30 to go. John Hunter would open up a second and a half lead over Austin Hill and lead with 20 to go before Cory Roper got spun by Tyler Hill on the front stretch, taking a big hit to the outside wall right before the start/finish line. Both nights would be over and both drivers would walk away.

John Hunter leaped back to the lead on the restart with 13 to go when just two laps later, Chase Purdy got knocked into Jordan Anderson who spun into Tyler Ankrum. Both drivers slid to the inside wall and had their nights both ended in heartbreaking fashion.

It ended in a six lap shootout for the win John Hunter Nemechek held off the boss of Kyle Busch for his first win with KBM in a dominating performance.

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