Nemechek Gets 1st Xfinity Series Win At Kansas

Ganassi's No. 42 Atop Xfinity Owners Championship Standings

Scott Stiller
October 21, 2018 - 9:44 am
John Hunter Nemechek Gets First Xfinity Series Win At Kansas Speedway In No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Camaro

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Kansas City, KS (93.7 The Fan) - John Hunter Nemechek picked up his first NASCAR Xfinity Series win beating Daniel Hemric by 5.200-seconds to win the Kansas Lottery 300 Saturday at Kansas Speedway.

Nemechek’s No. 42 Fire Alarm Services Chip Ganassi Racing Camaro passed Hemric three laps after the final restart on Lap 169 of 200.  The victory came in Nemechek’s 15th career start.

“This is incredible,” said the 21-year-old Nemechek about getting that first Xfinity Series win.  “We had a really good car I thought from the time we unloaded off the truck.  Mike Shiplett (Crew Chief) and the guys had it tuned-up there at the end and we drove away. What a day!”

The victory also happened at the same track his father Joe Nemechek swept the Xfinity and Cup Series races in the same weekend.

“My mom came running out yelling ‘Dad won, Dad won’ so we ran to victory lane,” said John Hunter, recalling the elder Nemechek’s victory.  “I’ve learned a lot from him and he’s definitely helped me progress through my career.”

Part of that progress was a partial-season in Chip Ganassi’s No. 42 Chevy, where he is sharing the car this season with Kyle Larson, Jamie McMurray, Ross Chastain and Justin Marks.

“I can’t thank Fire Alarm Services, Chip and everyone who supports us enough for this opportunity,” said Nemechek.  “I give it up to Mike (Shiplett).  Throughout the year, he’s had five different drivers and he’s won with almost every one of them and that’s really hard to do.  I have a great team around me.”

Nemechek, Hemric and Sadler were able to avoid a first-lap accident when Playoff contenders Justin Allgaier and Christopher Bell got together and Bell backed into the wall.  The accident collected six other cars including Austin Cindric and Cole Custer, who are also in the playoffs.  Custer was the only one able to continue and finished 18-laps down. Allgaier took blame for the crash.

Hemric’s second-place finish puts him atop the Xfinity Series Driver’s Championship points standings.  Sadler’s third-place finish leaves him second in the driver’s title chase.  Tyler Reddick sits third.

Nemechek’s win put’s Ganassi’s No. 42 atop the Xfinity Series Owner Points Standings, followed by Richard Childress Racing’s No. 21 of Hemric and the No. 1 of JR Motorsports and Sadler, who are third.

The Xfinity Series Championship moves to Texas Motor Speedway, November 3, 2018.

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