John Hunter Nemechek overcame many obstacles this weekend en route to collecting his second green jacket at Saturday night’s JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Champion Racing Oil “Masters of the Pros 144” at Lebanon I-44 Speedway. The biggest obstacle was actually just getting to the track.
According to Nemechek, getting from Dover International Speedway’s Camping World Truck Series Race to Lebanon became quite an ordeal.
“This morning our flight got delayed an hour and a half,” Nemechek told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “Flying into Chicago, we missed our connecting flight to Springfield, got on a flight three hours later and made it here for four runs of practice. We didn’t know if we were going to have to qualify for our first laps on the track or not.”
Nemechek started the 144-lap feature in ninth and methodically worked his way to the top three. Following the lap 100 break, Nemechek inherited second place after leader Justin South crashed hard in turn three. He then battled back and forth with Trevor Noles into the waning laps of the race. Despite two late restarts, Nemechek managed to pull away and earn his second green jacket in a row.
Nemechek said, “I’m still undefeated in the JEGS deal so far, seven for seven so far. It’s awesome to have another green jacket to hang up on the wall next to the other one. Trophies don’t hurt.”
Trevor Noles felt like they may have had the car to win, but were forced to settle for second.
“The car was really good, can’t thank Jamie Yelton enough,” said Noles. “They gave me a great car this weekend, just came up a little bit short, it’s a bummer for us. I felt like we had a good enough car for us to win in the end, just wasn’t as good as the eight car.”
Bubba Pollard rallied to a third place finish after making several late passes on restarts. Cole Williams finished fourth. Cody Coughlin rounded out the top five.
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-By Patrick Hahe, Speed51.com Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State Editor – Twitter: @PatrickHahe_S51
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Masters of the Pros 144
Lebanon I-44 Speedway, Lebanon, Missouri
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