Nemechek takes checkered flag at Martinsville


By Matt Courson
March 26, 2018


MARTINSVILLE, Va.—A bold three-wide move on a restart propelled John Hunter Nemechek to his sixth career victory in the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway Monday.


“Finished second here multiple times,” Nemechek said in a release. “So tick, tock, we finally got a clock. It’s going to be awesome to take that thing home.”


Kyle Benjamin finished second after he chased down Nemechek in the final laps, but was unable to pass Nemechek for the win. Brett Moffitt finished third, followed by Grant Enfinger in fourth and Noah Gragson in fifth.


Benjamin reflected on his second place run post race in the infield media center.


“We had a really good truck mostly for long runs,” Benjamin said.


“Unfortunately it came down to a short run. It’s Martinsville, so I figured I had to give him a run for his money in the last corner.”


Ben Rhodes dominated the first two Stages of the afternoon, leading 134 laps in the process. Rhodes was plagued with a pair of slow stops on pit road after the conclusion of Stage 2.The driver of the No. 41 truck was unable to overcome bad track positioning, ultimately finishing 12th.


Myatt Snider was the highest finishing rookie in 6th.


On lap 87, a multi-truck accident collected contenders Todd Gilliland, Stewart Friesen, and Johnny Sauter.


Sauter now leads Grant Enfinger by 29 points in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.


The race was originally scheduled on Saturday, but a Winter storm halted action and delayed the event until Monday.


The next NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event is slated for May 4th at Dover International Speedway.


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SOURCES

Martinsville Speedway

Racing-Reference.info

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