“Kind of a Cheap Shot” – John Hunter Nemechek Unhappy With Chandler Smith

Published 09/18/2021, 9:08 AM EDT
CHARLOTTE, NC – MAY 02: John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the #8 NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series test session at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


At the Bristol Motor Speedway, Chandler Smith took his maiden Truck Series win. While his teammate John Hunter Nemechek was glad that it was a company win, he was not was not particularly happy with Smith.

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Insisting that he did not gift the win to Smith, he said, “I’m pissed right now. Two teammates racing hard in the end. Whatever. You get moved out of the way. Kind of a cheap shot. It’s a company win. It is what it is. We raced as hard as we could and that’s what we have to do.”

On the bright side, the driver insisted that it was a good thing that two Trucks advanced to the next round. At the end of the day, the result reflects well on the team, on Kyle Busch, and on Toyota. In fact, it has been a while since two full-time Kyle Busch Motorsports drivers reached the next Playoff round.

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What else did John Hunter Nemechek say?

For now, the outfit will be focusing on the next race at Las Vegas. From there, they will try and win on their team’s owner’s home soil. The regular season champion will no doubt be keen to win the final race and cement himself as the overall champion. However, he will have stiff competition from the other drivers, and that includes Chandler Smith.

Feb 19, 2021; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Truck Series driver John Hunter Nemechek (4) leads Sheldon Creed (2) and Ben Rhodes (99) during the Brake Best Select 159 at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

At least the 24-year-old will be comforted by the fact that his Playoff berth is secure. In addition to that, he is also one of the favorites to win the Truck Series title. On the other end of the scale, one must never say never, and anything can happen in the next few races.

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