Nemechek Captures the Truck Victory at Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga.– One final restart was all that was needed for John Hunter Nemechek to score the victory at Atlanta.

The driver of the No. 8 NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet led just eight laps, but it was the final eight laps as he scored his second career victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He is the youngest winner in Atlanta Motor Speedway history.

Cameron Hayley was leading late in the race, but was passed by Nemechek with 13 laps to go and finished runner-up. Timothy Peters finished third in his No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota. Daniel Hemric finished fourth in his No. 19 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford with Grant Enfinger rounding out the top-five in his No. 33 GMS Racing Chevrolet.

Ben Rhodes finished sixth in his No. 41 ThorSport Racing Toyota, John Wes Townley finished seventh in his No. 05 Athenian Motorsports Chevrolet and Parker Kligerman finished eighth in his RBR Racing Ford. Caleb Holman finished ninth in his No. 75 Henderson Motorsports Toyota and Spencer Gallagher rounded out the top-10 in his No. 23 GMS Racing Chevrolet.

Matt Crafton was the dominant car of the race leading 76 of the 130 laps. With 15 laps to go, however, Christopher Bell tapped the left-rear corner panel of Daniel Suárez’s truck. He was sent into the right-rear corner of Crafton and both slammed into the wall on the backstretch. Crafton finished 30th and Suárez finished 31st.

Bell was leading the race with four laps to go before suffering a right-front tire blowout and slamming the wall in Turn 4. He finished 26th.

The race lasted one hour, 39 minutes and nine seconds at an average speed of 121.150 mph. The caution was waved five times for 25 laps – two times for the caution clock expiring – and one red flag for six minutes and 20 seconds. There were seven lead changes among four different drivers.

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Tucker White
My name is Tucker White. I'm currently majoring in journalism at the University of Tennessee. I started getting into NASCAR around 1998 and started following the sport full-time in 2001. I live and breathe everything related to NASCAR. I also have a burning passion for all things auto racing. I've been following Formula 1 since 2011 and am slowing getting into IndyCar. I do my best to keep up with the World Endurance Championship. But at the end of the day, NASCAR is my primary beat. Being both a native of Knoxville, Tennessee and a student at UT, I'm naturally a die-hard Tennessee Volunteers fan. Especially when it comes to Tennessee Volunteers football. While I'll never stop being one, it can be the most heart-wrenching thing ever. Since 2005, this team has delivered more than its fair share of heartbreaking moments and inhuman frustration. I've stuck with the Vols from the best of times - 1998 National Champions - to the worst of times - 2005 to present - because I know that it'll make it all so worth it when the mighty Vols finally return to the top of the college football landscape. In the last few years, I started to really get into baseball. This past season, I decided to pledge my sporting allegiance to the Atlanta Braves. It didn't turn out too well as they finished 67-95 and finished fourth in the NL East. I do see great potential with the young roster and they might be a force to be reckoned with in the coming years.

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