For the fourth straight year, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park has produced drama for the Camping World Truck Series in the final laps.
This year, it looked as though Cole Custer was set to pick up his first win of the season after leading the most laps throughout the Chevrolet Silverado 250 on Sunday afternoon. However, as he went into the final turns on the last lap, John Hunter Nemechek began to close the gap. Nemechek caught Custer, tagging the back of the No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet twice through turns eight and 10.
Coming off the final corner, Nemechek got into Custer’s door, resulting in both drivers heading towards the outside wall. Custer made contact with the wall, with Nemechek pinned against him; the pair remained that way till crossing the finish line.
Following a lengthy delay, NASCAR gave Nemechek the win, saying he was ahead of Custer as the pair crossed the finish line. The decision didn’t sit well with Custer, who proceeded to tackle Nemechek on the frontstretch.
“I didn’t know that he would come over and do that, but there’s a lot of tempers that fly,” Nemechek said. “It’s an emotional sport, a competitive sport, and that’s just how it goes sometimes.”
Nemechek felt there was nothing wrong with the contact, stating he’s lost four or fives races in the past due to someone doing the same thing to him.
“I know that Cole, and I are competitive racers, and we would’ve done anything in the same position roles reversed,” he said.
Through the past three years, contact has happened as Chase Elliott and Ty Dillon got together on the last lap in 2013 with Elliott winning, while Ryan Blaney beat German Quiroga in a drag race to the finish line in 2014. While this finish was equally exciting, Custer said this finish wasn’t.
“When you don’t give a guy a chance, what’s the point of racing? I couldn’t do anything else,” Custer said. “He gave me no choice, no chance to do anything, so it’s not racing in my book. He’s shown time and time again throughout the year that he doesn’t have much respect, just through different situations when he’s under people. When he’s loose under them, he tries harder and wrecks into them and ruins their day, when it should’ve been his day ruined.
“So there’s just no respect in this garage area right now. We had another fight right outside of our truck that didn’t even involve us. It’s just a joke right now, really. We’ll see what happens.”
While Custer stated he wasn’t looking at retaliating against Nemechek in the next couple of weeks, he did say he won’t give him any breaks moving forward.
“If he makes my day any harder than it has to be than I’m going to voice my opinion, I guess. That’s about it,” he said.
Despite Nemechek being qualified for the Chase while Custer isn’t currently eligible, Nemechek isn’t letting Custer’s comments bother him.
“We’re going to take it one race at a time, do our best and if circumstances happen, they happen,” he said. “We look forward to taking this momentum to Chicago and running good there and then taking it into the Chase to be in the final four at Homestead.”
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