Watch the video of the post-race incident
On Friday night, the NASCAR Truck Series took the green at Darlington Raceway. The Dead on Tools 200 opened the busy race weekend in Darlington, South Carolina.
Watch the video of the NASCAR fan throwing the can below.
Nemechek entered the race as the favorite after starting on the pole position. However, a loose wheel following a pit stop sent him to the back of the field. Yet, he worked his way back to the front in a hurry.
In a late race restart, Christian Eckes changed just two tires. Nemechek pounced, as he drove right by on the outside to take over the race lead.
Nemechek went on to the claim the victory. It’s his first of the 2022 season.
After the win, Nemechek parked on the front stretch for the TV interview. In the middle of the interview a can bounced off the hood of the machine.
Nemechek appeared stunned by the object that nearly clipped him. He stumbled over his words slightly but continued.
John Hunter Nemechek comments on the win
“Huge shout out to all the guys that work on this number 4,” Nemechek told Fox Sports from the front stretch. “Everyone that put their heart and soul into what’s going on.”
In the middle of that sentance, the can bounced off the hood of the No. 4 truck. Nemechek turned his head to investigate the noise.
“It’s huge. Just thank you to everyone. Thank you to the fans. Heck yeah, awesome crowd.”
“I thought we gave it away early, honestly. We were able to rebound and battle back.”
“Aspen (his child) is sleeping. So, hopefully Taylor gets her up and brings her to victory lane so we can celebrate.”
“Finally was able to bring the first win of the year. It’s been a little bit coming after the first start of the year. Just thankful for the opportunity of putting me in this.”
“Lets go celebrate,” Nemechek concluded.
Nemechek is “here for wins” as he stated multiple times. He returned to the NASCAR Truck Series in the 2021 season where he claimed 5 win in the year prior.
The 24-year old drives full time for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
Nemechek comments on the can thrown at him
Nemechek went to the media center after the race. He was asked if that was the first time that a can was thrown at him.
“Yeah,” Nemechek responded.
“I don’t know what that was about. That thing was full too. I’m glad somebody didn’t hit me in the head with that thing.”
“I thought a tire exploded,” Nemechek said of the noise.
“I don’t have to show up to the Monday meeting anymore and have Kyle ask me, ‘When are you going to win?’ That’s nice. But, we just gotta keep on winning.”
Today, Nemechek switches gears as he’s pulling double-duty across multiple racing divisions. He’s set to run the NASCAR Xfinity Series event on the same track.