5 wide in NASCAR Truck Series racing at Phoenix Raceway
Here’s something you don’t see every day. They went 5 wide for position at Phoenix International Raceway. Ryan Truex, on the bottom, tried to make it 6 wide.
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It’s definitely something you don’t see on a short track. It might happen briefly, right before a crash at Talladega.
But, in this case, it happened Friday night in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix Raceway. Of course, it led to a crash. Turn 3 turns into a funnel, 5 wide wasn’t going to work.
However, John Hunter Nemecheck made it through cleanly. He gained 4 positions in the process.
NASCAR executive discusses the move
“I saw three great races over the weekend in Phoenix,” Steve O’Donnell states via ‘The Morning Drive’ on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.
“You saw some beating and banging, all night long. For the first time, I’ve ever seen in my career, a driver passed 5 truck on one move with John Hunter Nemechek. I know it didn’t work out so well for some of the other guys. But, he came out unscathed, on the other end.”
Despite the move, John Hunter Nemechek missed a Championship run to Homestead. He missed it by 1 position. Nemechek finished 2nd in the race.
“Really strong run by him. He went for it and that’s what the sport’s all about. We’re seeing drivers go for it and put it all on the line.”
Next year, at that very spot, Phoenix will have a relocated start-finish line. So, next year, we could potentially see them go 6 wide across the finish line.
“It is gunna be wild,” Steve O’Donnell concludes.
Related: Phoenix truck results