John Hunter Nemechek won Saturday night’s Call811.com Before You Dig 250, beating Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Sammy Smith by 1.518 seconds. This was Nemechek’s second NASCAR Xfinity Series win of the 2023 season and the first win in his maiden series start at Martinsville Speedway.
After winning the first two stages of the race, John Hunter Nemechek of Mooresville, NC, finally took the lead in a race restart with 32 laps remaining.
He, Smith and third-place finisher Cole Custer were clearly the class of the field all night, going 1-2-3 for most of the race. Smith was able to work his way around Custer on the penultimate lap and finished second.
Nemechek drove his #20 JGR-Toyota to the front track for a classic burnout celebration and briefly set the track on fire – perhaps a fitting end to his hot night behind the wheel. Not only did he win the race, but he also received the $100,000 Dash 4 cash incentive prize from series sponsor Xfinity.
Despite Nemechek’s car doing so well that night, the wheel-to-wheel competition behind him was still pretty exciting. For example, Josh Berry, who finished fourth, led the second-most laps (27). His No.8 JR Motorsport Chevrolet was particularly strong until a tire problem mid-race necessitated a lengthy pit stop.
The longest streak of his career was a tie as he fought his way back through the field to finish in the top 10 for the seventh consecutive year.
Another teammate, Justin Allgaier, managed to keep his No.7 JRM Chevrolet in the leading group of cars, followed by Berry’s JR Motorsports teammate Brandon Jones. The latter finished fifth in the No. 9 JRM Chevrolet and achieved his first top 10 result of the season.
NASCAR Xfinity Result: John Hunter Nemechek Wins
On Saturday night at Martinsville Speedway, John Hunter Nemechek earned his second Xfinity Series win of the year after leading 198 of the 250 laps. He also collected the $100,000 Dash 4 cash prize.
Sammy Smith, a teammate from Joe Gibbs Racing, finished second and gave the team its second 1-2 result of the year. Third place went to Cole Custer, who started from pole. Josh Barry, Brandon Jones and Justin Allgaier finished fourth through sixth as JR Motorsports teammates.
This win marks Nemechek’s fourth overall win in the Xfinity series. He also won the opening game in the Martinsville series.