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Nemechek Wins Atlanta Truck Race

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, February 27 2016

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John Hunter Nemechek inherited the lead when Christopher Bell wrecked with eight laps to go, got the jump on the field on a restart with two laps to go and went on to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday.

The victory was the second in the series for the 19-year-old son of former Sprint Cup winner Joe Nemechek.

The eight laps he led at the end were the only laps he led in the race.

Cameron Hayley finished second and Timothy Peters third.

The runner-up finish was the career best for Haley. He says he had a Toyota that just might have challenged for the win.

“I think I did and I’m beating myself up a little bit,” Hayley said. “It was a great run for our Cabinets by Hayley Tundra – best-career finish. I can’t complain about that, but I just know in the back of my head if Matt Crafton was in my truck, he could have won that. I just – I needed a run a little bit harder, but great run to start up this year. This was my hardest track all year. I needed to get this one over with and to come out of here second I’m pretty happy with the team and proud of everything Toyota, everybody has done for me. It’s just an amazing start to the year.”

Peters, too, thought he had a winning-caliber truck.

“We think we had a Red Horse Tundra that could win this race,” the veteran driver said. “We were able to catch the vibration with our right front cording on us. Had to come down to pit road. Shane (Huffman, crew chief) made great calls. The pit crew did awesome not only getting me back out to where we were only one lap down, but all race long they gained us spots, gained us spots, gained us spots. For the laps on our tires and to fight back through adversity, I’ll take it.”

 Matt Crafton appeared to have the truck to beat as he led 76 of 130 laps. He was leading when misfortune struck in the form a a wreck caused by Bell.

Nineteen laps after causing the wreck that sent leader Crafton hard into the outside wall at Atlanta Motor Speedway and also took out Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Daniel Suarez, Bell blew a tire crashed with eight laps to go.

The wreck comes a week after a crash at Daytona sent Bell barrel rolling down the track in the season-opening race.

“Christopher is young and has a lot to learn,” Bell’s crew chief Jerry Baxter said.

On the final restart, Nemechek lined up low and John Wes Townley high in the first row. Townley spun his tires, however, and Nemechek got away clean.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – Great Clips 200

Atlanta Motor Speedway

Hampton, Georgia

Saturday, February 27, 2016

  1. (18) John H Nemechek, Chevrolet, 130.
  2. (5) Cameron Hayley, Toyota, 130.
  3. (12) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 130.
  4. (9) Daniel Hemric, Ford, 130.
  5. (4) Grant Enfinger #, Chevrolet, 130.
  6. (7) Ben Rhodes #, Toyota, 130.
  7. (2) John Wes Townley, Chevrolet, 130.
  8. (17) Parker Kligerman, Ford, 130.
  9. (25) Caleb Holman, Toyota, 130.
  10. (11) Spencer Gallagher, Chevrolet, 130.
  11. (27) Rico Abreu #, Toyota, 130.
  12. (23) Austin Hill, Ford, 130.
  13. (22) Tyler Young, Chevrolet, 130.
  14. (21) Tyler Reddick, Ford, 130.
  15. (10) Ben Kennedy, Toyota, 130.
  16. (20) Austin Wayne Self, Toyota, 130.
  17. (6) Cole Custer #, Chevrolet, 130.
  18. (19) Garrett Smithley(i), Chevrolet, 129.
  19. (24) Brandon Brown, Chevrolet, 128.
  20. (8) Ryan Truex, Toyota, 127.
  21. (30) Timmy Hill, Chevrolet, 127.
  22. (14) Justin Marks(i), Toyota, 127.
  23. (29) Travis Kvapil, Chevrolet, 127.
  24. (26) JJ Yeley(i), Chevrolet, 125.
  25. (28) Tommy Joe Martins, Chevrolet, 125.
  26. (3) Christopher Bell #, Toyota, Accident, 122.
  27. (31) Carlos Contreras, Chevrolet, 122.
  28. (16) Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet, 121.
  29. (32) Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chevrolet, 120.
  30. (1) Matt Crafton, Toyota, Accident, 111.
  31. (13) Daniel Suarez(i), Toyota, Accident, 111.
  32. (15) William Byron #, Toyota, Engine, 59.


Average Speed of Race Winner:  121.15 mph.

Time of Race:  01 Hrs, 39 Mins, 09 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.305 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  5 for 25 laps.

Lead Changes:  7 among 4 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   M. Crafton 1-6; C. Bell # 7-25; M. Crafton 26-91; C. Bell # 92-107; M. Crafton 108-111; C. Hayley 112-115; C. Bell # 116-122; J. Nemechek 123-130.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  M. Crafton 3 times for 76 laps; C. Bell # 3 times for 42 laps; J. Nemechek 1 time for 8 laps; C. Hayley 1 time for 4 laps.

Top 10 in Points: P. Kligerman – 55; D. Hemric – 54; J. Nemechek – 52; T. Peters – 49; T. Young – 47; R. Truex – 45; B. Brown – 43; B. Rhodes # – 43; G. Enfinger # – 42; J. Sauter – 41.

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, February 27 2016
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