KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Oct. 20, 2018) – History does indeed repeat itself as John Hunter Nemechek won the Kansas Lottery 300, the same race his father won 14 years ago. The elder Nemechek's win in what was then the Busch Series was the first of his Kansas Speedway sweep; he won the Cup Series race the following day to become the first driver to sweep a weekend at Kansas.
The win is also Nemechek’s first win in 15 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
“It’s so great to win, especially at Kansas where my dad won 14 years ago,” said an emotional Nemechek. “I’m so grateful for this opportunity. We finally got our first win.
“To be able to take home the same trophy that my dad did means a lot. I’m going to remember everything about today.”
For Nemechek, it was more about surviving the early cautions that involved NASCAR XFINITY Series playoff drivers Christopher Bell, Justin Allgaier, Cole Custer and Austin Cindric.
Daniel Hemric, who sat on the pole, finished second and Elliott Sadler finished third, in what is likely his last race at Kansas Speedway. Hemric leads the point standings by nine points over Elliott Sadler.
The unexpected drama of Kansas Speedway will be back on track tomorrow with the Hollywood Casino 400, the elimination race for the second round of the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series playoffs.
Tickets for tomorrow’s Hollywood Casino 400 are currently on sale by calling 866.460.RACE (7223), by logging onto www.kansasspeedway.com or at the Gate B Ticket Booth.
Kansas Speedway, a premier motorsports facility in the Midwest, hosts two NASCAR race weekends a year, in addition to hosting approximately 200 other events throughout the year. In the fall, the NASCAR playoffs return Oct. 20-21 with the NASCAR XFINITY Series Kansas Lottery 300 and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400. Also in the fall is the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards series finale. To purchase season or single day tickets, call 866.460.RACE (7223) or log onto www.kansaspeedway.com. A limited number of camping spots are available by calling Kansas Speedway’s Ticket Office.
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