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Nemechek Takes Wild Canada Truck Race


The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series went north of the border for its 4th visit to the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park on Sunday with the first ever Chase for the Championship looming. Several drivers knew they would have to win to have a chance to make it. They may have even joked that they’d be willing to run each other over to do so.

A few of them certainly tried to do just that.

Cole Custer battled John Hunter Nemechek over the course of several late restarts, including a green white checkered. But the final restart saw Nemechek spin his tires and Custer sped away. Nemechek chased Cole down, shoved him into the grass off the final corner, and the two repeatedly slammed into each other coming to the finish line.

After several minutes, NASCAR announced John Hunter as the winner, giving him his second win of the year and third career truck series victory.

Custer took exception to Nemechek’s tactics and tackled him as John walked on the front stretch celebrating. The two were quickly separated by crew members and officials. Custer needed a win to make the Chase. John Hunter was already in via his win at Atlanta in March.

Nemechek spent the final laps trying to conserve enough fuel to make it to the finish. His cause was aided greatly by some late caution flags. First, a 3 car incident involving the 98 of Rico Abreu, 13 truck of Cameron Hayley, and last week’s winner at Michigan brought the field to his bumper. Then on the restart with 8 laps to go, Kaz Grala was turned into the wall, bringing a potential top ten run to an end.

Daniel Hemric came home third, fourth went to Matt Crafton, and Christopher Bell was fifth. Points leader William Byron ended up with a tenth place finish.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to the track on September 16th at Chicagoland Speedway. The American Ethanol 225 airs at 8:30 pm EST on FS1.