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DAVISON: Pocono Truck Series – Nemechek beats his boss Kyle Busch

Long Pond, PA, June 26/21 (by John Davison): John Hunter Nemechek beat out his team owner Kyle Busch for his fifth victory in the season in the CRC Brakleen 150 for NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series. Busch ran second in his final Truck Series race for the year (NASCAR limits the number of races a Cup regular driver can start), raising his season total to three second-place finishes and two wins.

With no practice or qualifying and a different right-side tire, Pocono's double-header weekend opened the truck series green flag with a crash on the front straight just after the start/finish line when Jack Wood missed a shift and Chandler Smith tagged him, Wood sliding into Johnny Sauter who hit the wall.

Zane Smith went on to take the first Stage, followed by Kyle Busch after Busch started back in 22nd place. Busch 's best lap of 166.202 mph was 0.311 second ahead of Todd Gilliland's best lap, both of them setting quicker individual laps than Smith's best of 54.582 seconds over the 2.5-mile triangle.

John Hunter Nemechek took the second Stage, as some teams elected to pit before the Stage end to gain track position after the end-of-Stage pit stop cycle.

Kyle Busch restarted the third Stage in the lead with Sheldon Creed almost holding pace with him in second as the pair pulled away from the rest of the pack – with Creed a second and a half back but four and a half seconds ahead of third-place John Hunter Nemechek when the caution flew with ten laps to go for Stewart Friesen's crash in the first turn.

At the green flag, John Hunter Nemechek passed his team owner for the lead with six laps left. Then, Sheldon Creed's attempt to pass Busch for second almost caused a crash but both continued, the pair dropping back to follow Nemechek to the checkered flag by 1.4 seconds, followed by Creed, Tyler Ankrum and Austin Hill in the top five.

"We definitely had a really fast Power Up Toyota Tundra," said Nemechek. “I'm proud of everyone at KBM [Kyle Busch Motorsports], all of these guys, I feel like I have the best team in the garage and one of the best pit crews as well.

"We can't take these wins for granted. They are hard to get, so hopefully we can get a few more before the year is done, win the regular season championship and have a shot at Phoenix."

A disappointed Busch said after the race."I got drilled in the left rear with a couple to go and was never going to be able to make up that distance and that handed the win to the 4 truck. That was our day, and that was our year, and when all is said and done, we move to '22.”

The next Truck Series race will he run on the dirt at the Knoxville Raceway in two week’s time, on Friday, July 9th.

• Click HERE for the Race Results


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