The American Ethanol E15 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., was delayed to Saturday morning after heavy rains pelted the track during the scheduled window for the race Friday night. On Saturday, the delayed race produced a first time winner — John Hunter Nemechek.
“This is definitely a special moment,” Nemechek said. “We work hard in the shop. We put these trucks together, and we work as hard as we can.”
After a third and final caution that turned lengthy as track personnel took extra time to clean up fluid from an unknown source on lap 82, the 150-lap race took a fuel-mileage turn. Several drivers, including Kyle Larson, Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez made a second stop during the last caution to top-off their fuel tanks, while others went into fuel conservation mode for the remaining laps. Drivers who didn’t top-off and even some who did, including Larson, ran out of fuel in the closing laps. Nemehcek had just enough, though, barely getting across the start/finish line under the checkered flag for the win.
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