Wednesday, February 21, 2024

John Hunter Nemechek loudest in Loudon overtime

John Hunter Nemechek continued to add to his NASCAR Xfinity Series points lead on Saturday as he dominated New Hampshire Motor Speedway by leading 137 laps. However, he did have to get past an overtime scramble to convert his laps led into his fourth win of the season.

A seven-car accident that resulted in substantial damage for his Joe Gibbs Racing team-mate Joe Graf Jr. and Sam Mayer with two laps remaining set up overtime. As the Chevrolets of Chandler Smith, Austin Hill, and Daniel Hemric tried to bring the heat, Nemechek quickly extinguished it by pulling away before taking the white flag. Contact between Sheldon Creed and Cole Custer moments later caused another caution that ended the race.

Nemechek described overtime as “nerve-wracking for sure,” having added some flair to an otherwise lopsided showing as he often led by over two seconds. Justin Allgaier and JGR colleague Sammy Smith won the two stages, though neither had much answer for Nemechek otherwise, the latter even having to claw back after spinning his tyres on a late restart and stacking up the inside line.

The victory is Nemechek’s second in a row after taking Atlanta the previous week.

“We’ve clicked from almost day one,” he commented on his team. “We’ve been consistent all year. Just time to keep clicking off all of these victories.”

Mason Massey finished tenth for SS-Green Light Racing‘s second top ten of the year; the #08 car had last scored such a finish at a non-superspeedway with Gray Gaulding at Las Vegas in 2019.

Race results

Finish Start Number Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Status
1 2 20 John Hunter Nemechek Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 206 Running
2 1 16 Chandler Smith Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 206 Running
3 8 21 Austin Hill Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 206 Running
4 11 11 Daniel Hemric Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 206 Running
5 7 18 Sammy Smith Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 206 Running
6 4 7 Justin Allgaier JR Motorsports Chevrolet 206 Running
7 20 27 Jeb Burton Jordan Anderson Racing Chevrolet 206 Running
8 22 92 Josh Williams DGM Racing Chevrolet 206 Running
9 12 25 Brett Moffitt AM Racing Ford 206 Running
10 33 08 Mason Massey SS-Green Light Racing Ford 206 Running
11 5 9 Brandon Jones JR Motorsports Chevrolet 206 Running
12 21 91 Alex Labbé DGM Racing Chevrolet 206 Running
13 38 26 Kaz Grala Sam Hunt Racing Toyota 206 Running
14 28 35 Patrick Emerling Emerling-Gase Motorsports Chevrolet 206 Running
15 16 51 Jeremy Clements Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet 206 Running
16 9 10 Austin Dillon* Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 206 Running
17 3 8 Josh Berry JR Motorsports Chevrolet 206 Running
18 10 1 Sam Mayer JR Motorsports Chevrolet 206 Running
19 29 43 Ryan Ellis Alpha Prime Racing Chevrolet 206 Running
20 14 98 Riley Herbst Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 206 Running
21 17 2 Sheldon Creed Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 205 Running
22 6 00 Cole Custer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 205 Running
23 26 28 Kyle Sieg RSS Racing Ford 205 Running
24 24 6 Brennan Poole JD Motorsports Chevrolet 204 Running
25 32 02 Blaine Perkins Our Motorsports Chevrolet 203 Running
26 25 24 Connor Mosack Sam Hunt Racing Toyota 203 Running
27 23 4 Kyle Weatherman JD Motorsports Chevrolet 202 Running
28 35 53 C.J. McLaughlin Emerling-Gase Motorsports Chevrolet 201 Running
29 19 19 Joe Graf Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 196 Accident
30 31 38 Chris Hacker* RSS Racing Ford 195 Running
31 13 31 Parker Retzlaff Jordan Anderson Racing Chevrolet 190 Accident
32 15 48 Parker Kligerman Big Machine Racing Team Chevrolet 70 Accident
33 37 39 Ryan Sieg RSS Racing Ford 70 Accident
34 18 78 Anthony Alfredo B.J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet 70 Accident
35 34 66 Chad Finchum MBM Motorsports Ford 60 Suspension
36 30 07 Stefan Parsons SS-Green Light Racing Chevrolet 48 Suspension
37 27 44 Rajah Caruth* SS-Green Light Racing Chevrolet 47 Oil Line
38 36 45 Greg Van Alst Alpha Prime Racing Chevrolet 17 Brakes
Italics – Competing for Rookie of the Year
* – Ineligible for points
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