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DAVISON: Nemechek dominates NASCAR Trucks at TMS

Fort Worth, TX, June 12/21 (by John Davison): John Hunter Nemechek Staged a seminar for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Texas Motor Speedway in the SpeedyCash.com 220, leading five times for a total of 65 laps out of the 147 run, earning his fourth 2021 series win and tenth of his career. Chase Elliott, making a one-off start to get track time leading to Sunday's NASCAR Cup All-Star race, finished second, 3.361 seconds behind, after leading 45 laps. Only Zane Smith got into double-digit laps led of the rest of the field, with a dozen laps at the front of the field.

The first two Stages were interrupted by the race's six cautions, with both Stages ending during an on-track yellow. The final Stage went uninterrupted, with Nemechek leading the final 22 laps.

On lap six, defending series champion Sheldon Creed, running in the top ten, got into the traction compound with all four tires and spun into the wall, doing heavy damage to the rear of the truck. "The first one out – that's a bummer," said Creed after parking the truck for the day, lamenting the lack of practice.

On lap 20, the caution flew again for Creed in almost a replay of the first spin, but this one smashed the front of the truck as well – ending his race. "The first one out – that's a bummer," said Creed after parking the truck for the day, lamenting the lack of practice.

Stage One ended under caution for Ray Ciccarelli's slow-moving truck as it shed tire tread , ending the first Stage under the yellow.

Chase Elliott, making a Truck Series start to gain track time for the All-Star, led the pack at the restart after passing Todd Gilliland. Tanner Gray, Zane Smith and Todd Gilliland were next behind Elliott after Gilliland started fading back in the pack.

Stewart Friesen's spin high and down to the inside wall brought out the race's fourth caution, ending his day early in the No. 52 truck.

Tanner Gray used a big push to take the lead from Elliott on the restart. Jennifer Jo Cobb coasted to a stop at the entry to pit road and caused another caution on lap 60, leading to a five-lap dash to the end of the second Stage. Zane Smith and Tanner Gray ran one-two for the lead after Elliott and several other front-runners pitted for tires but Drew Dollar spun in the first turn. Dollar was closing on the inside of Hailie Deegan and lost the air from his rear spoiler, sending the No. 51 truck into the wall with the right-rear, then the front, to end the Stage under caution with Zane Smith winning the Stage, followed by Tanner Gray, Derek Kraus, Brennan Poole and Ross Chastain.

In the final Stage Chase Elliott led from the green to his pit stop, almost a second ahead of second-place Nemechek, then pitted for a full fuel load, four tires and a chassis adjustment. Nemechek led for the next ten or twelve laps before pitting after running faster laps on old tires than Elliott was turning on fresh ones. After all the green flag stops had cycled, Nemechek was in the lead over Elliott by almost two seconds, with Zane Smith, Ross Chastain and Austin Hill the top five runners.

Nemechek led easily to the checker, opening up a lead of 3.361 seconds over Elliott, taking his tenth truck career win and fourth of the season. "I feel like we're one of the favorites every time we show up at the race track," said Nemechek.

“Unfortunately, I felt like I was in the same boat I always put myself in here,‘‘ said Elliott, who led 45 laps in the No. 24 GMS Racing Chevrolet. “John Hunter got the better of me and making time when we pitted so congrats to him and that team.”

The next Truck Series race will be run at the Nashville Superspeedway on Friday, June 18.

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