John Hunter Nemechek shows dominant pace with more than 100 laps led to win his second Truck Series race in 2021.
After a slight break, NASCAR Truck Series came back to action at Richmond Raceway.
The green flag was out and the race went underway. The polesitter Ben Rhodes kept the lead at the race start, ahead of his teammate Grant Enfinger and Austin Hill. Shortly after, the no.98 truck driver took the race lead. Kyle Busch wasted no time as he went into the top 10 6 laps into the race. In fact, he got to the top 5 18 laps later, while his driver John Hunter Nemechek was in the top 10 as well.
Stage 1 gave Ryan Truex a lot of problems as the Niece Motorsports driver had a tire rub. Eventually, the rear gear failed, which excluded him from the race. Kyle Busch and John Hunter Nemechek made it to the top 3 but were still had to catch up with Grant Enfinger. A bit later, Nemechek passed his boss for P2. The no.4 truck driver was closing on the leader Enfinger, but it was not enough to pass the ThorSport Racing driver, who won the opening stage.
Kyle Busch led the field to the green at the start of stage 2.He stayed ahead, while Grant Enfinger and John Hunter Nemechek followed him in the top 3. Just several laps later, Tate Fogleman’s crash forced the first incident-related caution of the day. After a long caution, the race was restarted and it resulted in Nemechek taking the lead right before the incident between Jennifer Jo Cobb and Howie DiSavino III, which forced another caution.
John Hunter Nemechek saved the lead at the restart. He built a significant gap and comfortably cruised to the stage 2 victory.
The KBM driver remained in the front after the mid-stage pit stops and led the field to the start of the final stage. However, the green-flag run did not last for long as Derek Kraus had his left rear tire gone and spun. More incidents followed – Chase Purdy spun and went into the outside wall, while Jennifer Jo Cobb hit the inside wall.
Jennifer Jo Cobb was also involved in a wreck with Norm Benning. She was parked by NASCAR for failing to maintain minimum speed and called to the officials’ hauler after the race.
The cautions did not stop coming as we saw some more incidents involving Dawson Cram and Codie Rohrbaugh, who faced the worst consequences in the respective wrecks. Kris Wright’s first short track race in NASCAR ended after a big shunt with the inside wall.
All in all, it all came down to the final 29-lap shootout. Chandler Smoth led the field and he was followed by his KBM teammates. Smith showed good pace and was holding off Nemechek, but the no.4 truck driver finally made the move with 17 laps to go and went on to win the NASCAR Truck Series race at Richmond. The boss himself Kyle Busch finished 2nd, while Tyler Ankrum finished third, which was a crucial result for him.
|1||#4||John Hunter Nemechek||Kyle Busch Motorsports|
|2||#51||Kyle Busch||Kyle Busch Motorsports|
|3||#26||Tyler Ankrum||GMS Racing|
|4||#18||Chandler Smith||Kyle Busch Motorsports|
|5||#13||Johnny Sauter||ThorSport Racing|
|6||#38||Todd Gilliland||Front Row Motorsports|
|7||#99||Ben Rhodes||ThorSport Racing|
|8||#98||Grant Enfinger||ThorSport Racing|
|9||#32||Sam Mayer||Bret Holmes Racing|
|10||#16||Austin Hill||Hattori Racing Enterprises|