After two years of being the bridesmaid and twice losing the lead in the final 10 laps of the race, John Hunter Nemechek's heartbreak in the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 came to an end Saturday night at Five Flags Speedway (FL). Nemechek of Morresville, North Carolina dominated the 100-lap event en route to capturing the $7,000 top prize.
It was a big win that came as a result of the advice he received during those two runner-up performances.
“I didn’t listen very good to my Truck crew chief, who is here spotting for me, on lap times the last two years and it has cost me the race,” Nemechek said. “It’s great to change that and be patient and it paid off.”
Nemechek led from the get go and only relinquished the top spot to fast qualifier Justin South on one short occasion. On restarts, he noticeably chose the outside in order to have the advantage.
“Being able to get the momentum off the corner,” Nemechek answered. “We picked the top because of the speedy dry at one point and those guys went into the corner and got really loose on the bottom.”
The race was slowed by a major wreck on lap 5 that required lengthy cleanup and later resulted in a red flag for a crew member to service each Pro Late Model’s windshield due to the poor visibility. The multi-car altercation took contenders such as Derek Thorn, Brad May, and Spencer Davis out of contention.
Three-time Snowflake 100 winner Chase Elliott stayed within a close distance of Nemechek but had to settle for second on this day.
“I think John Hunter just ran a better race and did a better job of saving his tires and doing the right things when it counted,” Elliott concluded.
Perhaps the surprise of the day was Montgomery Motor Speedway track champion Bret Holmes, who climbed from 18th to finish third.
“I really think we needed a caution there, but I guess you could say we were the dark horse of this race,” Holmes mentioned regarding the long green flag run that ended the 100-lap race. “Nobody expected us to be a contender in the top three, and I had all the confidence in the world that we could.”
Kenzie Ruston rebounded from being three laps down at one point to finish fourth, while Cole Anderson put together a strong run to complete the top-five. Defending race winner Bubba Pollard battled near the front all race long before fading to sixth.
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Official Snowflake 100 Results
Five Flags Speedway - December 5, 2015
|1||2||8N||John Hunter Nemechek||100||94|
|14||3||30K||Bobby Knox, Jr.||99||0|
|27||16||01||Derek Scott, Jr.||17||0|
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