WATCH: John Hunter Nemechek Survives Crash at Martinsville to Sneak into the Championship 4

Published 10/31/2021, 8:01 AM EDT
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


The NASCAR Truck Series race at the Martinsville has just concluded and the Final 4 drivers have advanced. They are Zane Smith, Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton, and John Hunter Nemechek. Though if we’re being honest, Nemechek lucked out after the Martinsville race.

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This is because he got taken out of the race after he attempted a lunge down the inside of Austin Wayne Self. Unfortunately, Self hooked his truck and sent Nemechek straight into the outside wall. The impact was so hard that the car was practically undrivable and it was race over for the #4 driver.

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Then came the hardest part of the race, namely the waiting game. Since none of the eight drivers had won a race, it was a nerve-wracking wait for Nemechek. In the end, he was classified 39th and out of the race, but somehow, he managed to sneak into the Final 4.

How did John Hunter Nemechek make it despite crashing out?

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The Kyle Busch Motorsports driver was reduced to a spectator, desperately praying for a miracle. Zane Smith won the race, ahead of Austin Hill and a delighted Tanner Gray. Ben Rhodes finished 7th and Matt Crafton was 5th, which was enough to see them through to the finale.

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)

However, Sheldon Creed and Stewart Friesen could only muster 9th and 17th respectively. That was evidently not enough to see the two of them through to the finale. Additionally, Hill could have caused a massive upset had he been still in contention, but he was eliminated in the Round of 10.

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Now, this means that Nemechek lives to fight another day. Even better, he still has a chance to gun for the 2021 Truck Series title. Of course, the #4 driver was furious with Self for nearly wrecking his Playoff chances. According to him, the #22 driver lacked ‘respect’ for his rivals.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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