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John Hunter Nemechek denies Hemric in Kansas

NASCAR Xfinity race
Saturday, October 20, 2018

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John Hunter Nemechek - his first ever Xfinity race win
John Hunter Nemechek - his first ever Xfinity race win
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John Hunter Nemechek was a playoff spoiler Saturday at Kansas Speedway, scoring his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory.

Nemechek led 64 of 200 laps in the Kansas Lottery 300, the opening race in the series’ postseason Round of 8. The 21-year-old driver overcame an extra pit stop to tighten lug nuts, rallying from sixth place on the final restart to surge ahead of Daniel Hemric with 30 laps remaining.

Hemric was the hard-luck runner-up again, finishing second for the fourth time in his Xfinity Series career without a win. Hemric started from the pole and led a race-high 128 laps, but was unable to fend off Nemechek’s final charge.

Nemechek is running a partial season in the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet and is not eligible for the championship. The Nemechek victory denied Hemric’s hopes of automatically advancing to the season-ending title race Nov. 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the second straight year.

Hemric leads from pole at the start
Hemric leads from pole at the start
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Elliott Sadler took third place with Shane Lee and Tyler Reddick rounding out the top five positions.

Four of the remaining eight championship-eligible drivers were tangled up in a Lap 1 crash that unfolded in Hemric’s mirror shortly after the green flag flew. Justin Allgaier lost control of his No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, sliding into the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of fellow postseason contender Christopher Bell in Turn 2.

Several cars in close formation piled in behind them, including playoff hopefuls Austin Cindric and Cole Custer. Of the four postseason drivers, only Custer was able to continue. Michael Annett, Chase Briscoe, Ross Chastain, Spencer Gallagher and Ryan Truex were also involved.

Bell finished 37th with Allgaier 38th and Cindric 39th — all damaging results for their playoff chances. Custer limped home in 26th place, losing several laps to repairs and a replacement of the power steering unit.

The series’ next event — the fifth in the seven-race playoffs — is scheduled Nov. 3 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Results

PosStNo.DriverCarLapsStatus
11342John Hunter NemechekFire Alarm Services Inc. Chevrolet200Running
2121Daniel Hemric (P)South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet200Running
3111Elliott Sadler (P)Textron Off Road Wildcat XX Chevrolet200Running
483Shane LeeChildress Vineyards Chevrolet200Running
569Tyler Reddick # (P)BurgerFi Chevrolet200Running
692Matt Tifft (P)American Ethanol e 15/ Sorghum Chevrolet200Running
71616Ryan ReedDrive Down A1C Lilly Diabetes Ford200Running
81860Ty MajeskiFord Ford200Running
91939Ryan SiegFrank Foster 'Til I'm Gone Chevrolet199Running
104051Jeremy ClementsRepairableVehicles.com Chevrolet199Running
111411Ryan TruexLeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet198Running
122736Alex Labbe #AlphaPrimeUSA.com Chevrolet197Running
13230Garrett Smithleyteamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet196Running
143115Quin Houffteamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet196Running
152035Joey GaseAbsarokatuff.com Chevrolet195Running
163340Chad Finchum #Smithbilt Homes/The Preserve Toyota195Running
173452David StarrWilkerson Crane Rental Chevrolet194Running
18328Ja Junior AvilaART General Contractor LLC / JW Transport LLC193Running
193576Spencer Boyd #Grunt Style Chevrolet192Running
203745Josh Bilicki #Prevagen/GNC Toyota191Running
21718Ryan PreeceCraftsman Toyota189Running
223678Vinnie Miller #CorvetteParts.net Chevrolet189Running
232901BJ McLeodteamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet189Running
242890Josh WilliamsSleep Well/Star Tron Chevrolet187Running
25224Ross Chastainteamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet182Running
261000Cole Custer (P)Haas Automation Ford181Running
273066Bobby EarnhardtHABCO Toyota133Fuel Pump
283874Mike HarmonThe Journey Home Project Chevrolet129Running
293938Angela RuchConnecting Families Chevrolet98Oil Leak
301298Chase BriscoeNutri Chomps Ford79Suspension
312513Timmy HillOCR Gaz Bar Toyota54Vibration
322499Stephen LeichtChevrolet26Steering
331723Spencer GallagherAllegiant Chevrolet24Accident
342693Jeff GreenRSS Racing Chevrolet16Rear Gear
352137JJ YeleyRSS Racing Chevrolet16Brakes
36519Brandon JonesGame Plan For Life Toyota12Accident
37220Christopher Bell # (P)Rheem Toyota2Accident
3837Justin Allgaier (P)BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet1Accident
39422Austin Cindric # (P)Menards/Richmond Ford0Accident
40155Michael AnnettPilot Flying J Chevrolet0Accident


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