Column By: REID SPENCER / NASCAR – HAMPTON, GA – A five-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner in 2021, John Hunter Nemechek would like nothing better than to finish without incident in Saturday’s FR8 208 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
So far this season, the closing laps of races have been unkind to the driver of the No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. Nemechek started second and first, respectively, at Daytona and Las Vegas, but late crashes dropped him to finishes of 24th and 25th in the two events.
Nemechek participated in the January tire test at Atlanta. Since then, NASCAR has instituted the yellow line rule for superspeedways at the 1.54-mile track, prohibiting passing on the apron.
A lot of things have changed since we were there at the tire test, double yellow line rule now,” Nemechek said. “A lot of changes going back…
“The first laps in a pack may be at the start of the race, so a lot to learn, a lot to figure out in a short time, but hopefully it’ll be fun, and hopefully we can bring home our first checkered flag of the year.”
Nemechek is one of three former Atlanta winners entered in Saturday’s race. The others are Matt Crafton and Grant Enfinger.