Monday, Oct 25

Mechanical Issues Relegate John Hunter Nemechek to 33rd-Place Finish

Mechanical Issues Relegate John Hunter Nemechek to 33rd-Place Finish NK Photography Photo
After starting the Victoria’s Voice Foundation 200 from the pole, John Hunter Nemechek led all 30 laps in the opening stage to capture his 11th stage win of the year.
 
During the middle stanza, the Berry’s Manufacturing Tundra experienced a number of mechanical issues that would set back the No. 4 team for the remainder of the race. Nemechek would lose power twice throughout the final two stages and spend 44 laps behind the wall in the Final Stage before being relegated to a 33rd-place finish.
 
Despite the 33rd-place finish, Nemechek is still 28-points above the cutoff line to advance to the Championship 4. 
 
 
Stage One Recap
 
  • John Hunter Nemechek started the Victoria’s Voice 200 from the pole next to Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) teammate Chandler Smith.
  • Nemechek chose the outside lane to start the race and was out in front by the time the field came back around to the start/finish line.
  • The Berry’s Manufacturing driver would lead all 30 laps of the opening stage, picking up an additional 10 stage points. 
 
 
Stage Two Recap:
 
  • After bringing No. 4 Tundra to pit road, Nemechek started Stage Two from the first position on the inside lane.
  • Just two laps into the middle stanza, Nemechek had fallen back to sixth before the caution was brought out for debris on the track.
  • Following the ensuing restart, John Hunter Nemechek dropped from sixth to 22nd in just three laps and reported that the No. 4 Tundra had “power to the gauges, but no power to the truck.”
  • This mechanical issue would bring out the caution on lap 54 as Nemechek came to a stop on the 1.5-mile tri-oval. Nemechek communicated that the Berry’s Manufacturing Tundra would “refire every once in a while, but still had no ignition power”.
  • Nemechek came to the green-and-white checkered flag in the 32nd-position to end Stage Two.  
 
 
Final Stage Recap:
 
  •  Following the mechanical issues in the middle stage, Nemechek would start the Final Stage in 32nd.
  • With 55 laps to go in the Victoria’s Voice 200, Nemechek once again experienced mechanical issues as the No. 4 Tundra came to a stop on the backstretch of Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
  • This time, Nemechek and the No. 4 team would bring the Berry’s Manufacturing Tundra behind pit wall to assess the issue.
  • The No. 4 team was able to fix the issue and send the Tundra back out onto the track with just eight laps remaining and the field under caution.
  • John Hunter Nemechek was relegated to a 33rd-place finish in the Victoria’s Voice 200.  
 
 
 
John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 4 Berry's Manufacturing Tundra for KBM:
 
What are your thoughts about tonight?
“I think we are in a good spot in points, so I’m not too worried about it right now. We just have to go perform. We can’t have issues like this. I said coming into tonight that we can’t beat ourselves. We had the fastest truck here I felt like from stage one. We made adjustments and I felt like we were even better, and then we had ignition problems all night still running fast lap times, so I don’t know what to do.” 
 
 
Victoria's Voice Foundation 200 Recap
 
  • Christian Eckes picked up his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Eckes was followed by ThorSport Racing teammates Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton, and Johnny Sauter. Todd Gilliland rounded out the top-five.
  • There were 10 cautions for 39 laps. There were 14 lead changes among 11 drivers, including Nemechek who led the first 33 laps of the race.  
 
 
How John Hunter Nemechek's KBM Teammates Fared:
 
·        Drew Dollar, driver of the No. 51 Toyota, finished 24th.
·        Chandler Smith, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished 35th
 
 
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Standings
 
Despite a 33rd-place finish, John Hunter Nemechek currently sits in second place and 28-points above the cutline to advance to the Championship 4. 
 
 
Next Race
 
Nemechek and the No. 4 team will head to Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway for the second race of the Round of 8 on Oct. 2. Live coverage will be on FS1, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM at 1 p.m. ET.

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