John Hunter-Nemechek Goes Back-To-Back

John Hunter Nemechek celebrates in victory lane, June 23-24, Nascar Camping World Truck Series M&M’s 200, 2017, Newton, Iowa USA
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Nemechek wins the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series M&Ms 200 presented by Casey’s General Store

NEWTON, Iowa (June 23, 2017) – John Hunter Nemechek, who gave his father, Joe, an early Father’s Day gift last week at Gateway Motorsports Park, did it again in heart-stopping fashion in Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Series M&M’s 200 presented by Casey’s General Store at Iowa Speedway.

The 20-year-old took the lead with six laps remaining and held off the competition in a frantic finish.

Nemechek headed to pit road and changed four tires thanks to a caution flag that came with 15 laps to go when ThorSport teammates Grant Enfinger and Matt Crafton made contact.

“It feels really good,” said Nemechek, who earned the pole at Iowa last season and felt a measure of redemption after surging to the win this time. “This is unbelievable for sure. … Restarting fourth there and pushing Johnny into Turn 1, I was kind of in the catbird seat.”

Johnny Sauter decided not to make a pit stop while Nemechek headed in. The decision paid off for the latter, who was in fifth place at the time and worked his way to the front of the field.

Nemechek eventually raced by Chase Briscoe and Sauter to capture the win.

“Every one of these guys who works on this team, this is awesome,” said Nemechek.

Sauter settled for second after leading for 72 laps. The series points leader said being passed by Chase Briscoe — who led seven laps before sliding to seventh — had likely already relegated him to a second-at-best finish.

“I got taken to school by Chase Briscoe,” Sauter said. “I think tonight was a second-place finish regardless.”

Sauter retains a 42-point lead over Christopher Bell, who finished fifth after dominating roughly two-thirds of the race.

Nemechek notched his fifth career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win.

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