Last night, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series made the long awaited return to Indianapolis Racewway Park after a decade-long hiatus. Following the ARCA Menards Series, the race was started well into the evening, with teammates John Hunter Nemechek and Chandler Smith in the numbers 4 and 18 trucks.
Nemechek led from the green flag, being relatively unchallenged. A few laps in the #33 of Josh Reume and #12 of Spencer Boyd collided, causing an accident and the first caution. Boyd’s truck caught fire, but he was thankfully unharmed.
After a quick green flag, the #33 once again had an incident, causing another caution. After another green flag, John Hunter Nemechek was unchallenged. He opened a decent lead to second place, and eventually won the first stage of the night.
The start of the second stage saw Carson Hocevar in the #42 take the lead. He held it for a few laps, then the #43 of Blake Lothian caused yet another caution.
The short green flag stint that followed saw close racing between the top four. As Ty Majeski in the #66 won the second stage, the #40 of Dean Thompson spun.
The start of the final stage lasted just three laps as the #45 of Lawless Alan was caught up in an accident.
Grant Enfinger in the #23 battled closely with Majeski, eventually passing him with eleven laps to go. Behind the leaders, the #91 of Colby Howard moved the #42 of Carson Hocevar out of the way. Hocevar, not appreciative of the #91’s move, turned him into the turn one wall, bringing out the caution.
Another accident ensued as Nemechek got loose and turned the #17 of Taylor Gray.
The final restart saw Grant Enfinger take the lead. He was unchallenged for the remaining two laps, and eventually won in NASCAR’s return to IRP!
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