By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Writer
One week after completing just four laps, John Hunter Nemechek rebounds to finish third at Bristol Motor Speedway. Nemechek’s No. 8 Plan B Sales Inc. Chevrolet Silverado was a top-10 truck for much of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200.
In the final stages of the race, Nemechek surged forward, climbing though the field. A lengthy, heated battle with Justin Haley saw beating and banging before Nemechek moved forward. On the final restart, he jumped inside the top-five and crossed the finish-line in third behind race-winner Kyle Busch and Matt Crafton.
In Stage 2, Nemechek, like others, were forced to be patient. He was stuck behind the slower truck of Chase Briscoe with Parker Kligerman, Harrison Burton, and Haley. The close quarters racing looked as if it would lead to bump and runs. However, one by one, drivers, including Nemechek, moved to the outside lane and drove by Briscoe.
Nemechek was proud of the effort his team put forth,
“We definitely did work on this truck all day long. We were bottoming out real bad. We missed our travel just a little bit. We had to work on it from the time we got here, but it all worked off. We were working on it throughout the night. I don’t think we changed one thing, and that is pretty good for our team. I’m kind of glad it rained, it took some of the sticky stuff off the bottom and I was able to move up to the middle and top groove. Solid run coming home third, I can’t thank Plan B Sales enough for coming on board. We keep preparing really fast race trucks, we just have to be smart and finish races like we did tonight.”
Despite the third-place finish, Nemechek slips to eighth in the Championship Standings. His patience behind Briscoe relegated him to a 10th place finish in Stage 2 while others gained on him. In the Playoff Standings, he is still seeded second because of his wins at Gateway and Iowa earlier this season.
This was the seventh top-five and top-10 finish for Nemechek this season. It is also his 21st career top-five and 34th top-10 in 67 starts.
Now Nemechek and his entire NEMCO Motorsports team will prepare to defend their race win at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in a little over two weeks.