John Hunter Nemechek wins at Kansas, spoils Carson Hocevar’s long-shot bid

Sept. 9, 2022 By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service KANSAS CITY, Kan. – With less than a lap left in Friday night’s Kansas Lottery 200 at Kansas Speedway, John Hunter Nemechek passed Carson Hocevar and spoiled one of the unlikeliest long-shot gambles in the long history of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. At the end of a dominant evening, Nemechek had the race victory and two stage wins to go with the pole he had won earlier in the afternoon. All Hocevar had was a fourth career runner-up finish and a pink slip where the 2022 Truck Series Playoffs are concerned.…

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Erik Jones holds off Denny Hamlin in action-filled Southern 500

September 4, 2022 By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service DARLINGTON, S.C. – In a race that had more twists and turns than a Victorian melodrama, Erik Jones put the vaunted No. 43 Chevrolet back in Victory Lane for the first time since 2014. In a remarkable run to the finish in the season’s first NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race, Jones held off Denny Hamlin in a 20-lap run to the finish to win the Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway for the second time. The Sunday night race took its toll on more than a handful of Playoff drivers, as Jones…

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Noah Gragson triumphs in wild NASCAR Xfinity Series duel at Darlington

September 3, 2022 By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service DARLINGTON, S.C. – At the end of a thrilling three-car battle that wasn’t decided until the last corner of the last lap Saturday at Darlington Raceway, Noah Gragson stole a victory from Sheldon Creed and charging Kyle Larson to score his fourth victory of the NASCAR Xfinity Series season. After passing Gragson for second place on Lap 144 of 147, Larson got a strong run on Creed, then the leader, coming to the white flag. Larson steered his No. 17 Chevrolet to the inside of Creed’s Camaro, and the drivers raced side-by-side through…

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Austin Dillon grabs NASCAR Cup Playoff spot with dramatic Daytona win

Aug. 28, 2022 By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – With a huge assist from Richard Childress Racing teammate Tyler Reddick after a rain delay of more than three hours, Austin Dillon forced his way into the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff and broke Martin Truex Jr.’s heart. Dillon’s victory in Sunday’s rain-delayed Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway—his first of the season and his second at the track—needed the convergence of several different circumstances to fall into place. After avoiding serious damage in a wreck off Turn 4 on lap 125, Dillon survived a subsequent 13-car melee…

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