What Motivated John Hunter Nemechek to Take Part & Win the Xfinity Race at Texas Motor Speedway?

Published 10/17/2021, 6:40 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)


Earlier in the NASCAR Xfinity race at the Texas Motor Speedway, John Hunter Nemechek bagged a win. This is his second career Xfinity win after his 2018 triumph at Kansas. It is also worth mentioning that this is his second Xfinity start in the 2021 season driving the #54 Toyota. Needless to say, he was absolutely thrilled to win the race. Nemechek finished the race ahead of Daniel Hemric, Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier and Austin Cindric.

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He said, “My goal coming in was to win. I had to win to prove to myself that I can do this, just like taking the step back to the Truck Series. I wanted to get back to Victory Lane, so huge shout out to Romco Equipment company, everyone on board. Thank you to all the fans that are out here.

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“It’s an amazing accomplishment to get this one done. Beating my teammate as well, we’re racing for ownership championship, so I’m back in the #54 at Phoenix. So we’re going for double championships there when we go.”

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What next for John Hunter Nemechek in 2021?

Since the Truck Series had a bit of a break, it freed Nemechek to run in the Xfinity arena. Suffice to say, he jumped at the opportunity, and it has paid off handsomely. It will also be pretty useful for him when the Truck Series competition resumes at Martinsville in two weeks’ time.

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

However, his declaration also means that he will be pulling double duty at the season finale at Phoenix. This win also comes on the back of Kyle Busch Motorsports inking a new deal for the Truck Series. In other words, the 24-year-old will be back in a NASCAR Truck for the 2022 season. Hopefully for his sake, he wins the Truck Series title this year, so the 2022 season can allow him the opportunity to defend his crown.

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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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