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Although 40 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series machines started the event, the Nemechek and Busch tandem outclassed the field.
However, it was Nemechek who held off his boss and team owner Busch to claim his seventh career win and first for KBM after joining the team this season.
“It means a lot to me,” Nemechek said. “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.”
Busch rallied back to the front after spinning from second place on lap 89 following a cut tire, but ultimately fell one spot short of another checkered flag.
“Anytime you finish second to a team truck, you know how good the equipment is, and it’s nice to see the equipment getting full potential and running up front,” Busch said. “I’m exciting to have John Hunter [Nemechek] this year. When we had the opportunity to talk last year and to bring him in and to have Eric Phillips (crew chief) back on board, that was going to be a winning combination, I felt like. And here we are already reaping the benefits.
“I hate I finished second obviously, I want to win. But as a team owner, I get paid the same whether they win or I win, and it’s nothing, so I’m all good.”
Nemechek dominated the early portion of the event. Only slowed by a Cory Roper spin, Nemechek cruised to the stage win in the opening stage.
Roper retired from the race after crashing hard in stage three. He finished 36th.
Busch swept past Nemechek on lap 48 to claim the victory in the second stage.
Defending champion Sheldon Creed encountered trouble in stage two when his GMS Racing Chevrolet encountered engine problems. Fortunately for Creed, the stage break allowed his team to resolve the problem and catch up to the main pack.
— Xfinity Racing (@XfinityRacing) March 6, 2021
While Nemechek and Busch cruised upfront, the same could not be said for their teammate Chandler Smith. Smith crashed exiting turn 2 and never recovered.
Four-wide racing throughout the field was a dangerous game.
— NASCAR Camping World Trucks (@NASCAR_Trucks) March 6, 2021
The Trucks will be back in action on March 20 at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Fr8 Auctions 200. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 2:30 p.m. ET with TV coverage provided by FOX Sports 1.
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