John Hunter Nemechek’s hope of celebrating his 17th birthday with a win at Drivin' for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park were foiled when German Quiroga Jr.’s truck got into his left rear and cut his tire down causing a spinout on Lap 146 (of 160) after the two were in close quarters for multiple laps as they fought with Timothy Peters for third place.
"Nemechek said. "I felt my tire going down, but nothing I could do. I was trying to ride it out and it didn't work so we ended up spinning out, Nemechek stated after finishing 15th. Still he had a lot to be proud of including holding off Matt Crafton on Lap 96 as the two dueled for the lead.
"We gained a lot of good experience tonight," Nemechek said. "From the feedback side from me and the adjustments that the guys made, all our communication got better tonight. We took a 10th-place truck and pretty much made it a top-three truck and we led there forever."
He also gained the attention and praise of eventual race winner Darrell Wallace Jr., who earned his second career victory Saturday night in his 29th career start in the Drivin' for Linemen 200. Wallace Jr., graduated from the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program and is a NASCAR Next alum. He celebrated his first victory win at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia last October.