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DAVIDSON: Trucks at Richmond – JH Nemechek beats his team owner Kyle Busch

Richmond, VA, Apr 17/21 (by John Davidson): John Hunter Nemechek scored Kyle Busch Motorsports' fourth consecutive win in this year’s NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series by dominating the ToyotaCare 250, leading 114 of the 250 laps, including the last 17 laps after a late race caution. Nemechek had won the first race in the streak, also beating team boss Kyle Busch, who finished second in both races.

"I just can't thank Kyle (Busch, team owner), everyone at Toyota, all of our great partners," said Nemechek. "It's pretty cool to be able to come out here and do what we were able to do…. Let's go get more."

What does it mean to be a two-time winner this season?

"I know he [team owner Kyle Busch] tried getting me there at the end and this is the third time we've raced against each other this year and I'm one up on him so far in his own equipment so that's nice."

Nemechek is a new father and his wife and baby were at the track in their motorhome: "this trophy and flag, before I walked out of the motor home, Taylor (Nemechek, wife) said you brought me home a trophy from Vegas now this is Aspen's first race so bring her one. We did it."

Kyle Busch, somewhat uncharacteristically happy at finishing second, said: "It's awesome. I joked with John Hunter (Nemechek) at the beginning of the year that if you win one and then I win one and you win one and then I win one, it would be pretty good to go back and forth. I didn't think he was serious, but so far that's kind of the way it's going so I guess I get Kansas."

Grant Enfinger had taken the lead on lap 3 and he continued to lead until the end of Stage 1 - but on the restart to start Stage 2, Busch took over and he led the next 26 laps until the third caution on lap 101. Now Nemechek took over and he went on to win Stage 2 – and he continued to lead another 52 laps.

Now a staggered sequence of pit stops during two subsequent cautions saw the two protagonists dropped back behind a number of challengers who had pitted on caution previously. As the leaders’ tire wore, the ones behind on fresher tires caught them up and pushed their way back to the front.

Nemechek passed Chandler Smith on with 17 laps remaining pulling Busch up into second place behind him – and that was the way the final laps ran out to the checker. Tyler Ankrum, who has had a difficult start to the 2021 season, hung in to finish third ahead of Smith.

As for the Canadians, Stewart Friesen started fourth and finished in 13th place. Rapheal Lessard started in fifth place and he ran in the top ten for much of the race; in the final Stage he got shuffled back to finish 23rd.

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