John Hunter Nemechek clinched the 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular-season championship a race early.

In the second-to-last event of the 15-race regular season, Nemechek finished 11th at Knoxville Raceway. That awarded him 26 points. He also placed 17th in Stage 1 and seventh in Stage 2, giving him four additional points. Those 31 points put him at 605 points on the season and 85 points ahead of second-place Ben Rhodes, making it impossible for Nemechek‘s total to be beaten with just a single race left. The most a driver can score in a single race is 60 points by a max allocation of 40 for winning the race and 20 stage points.

The regular-season title gives Nemechek 15 additional playoff points. He has been locked into the 10-driver playoff field ever since the third race of the season, which will be officially set after the Aug. 7 finale at Watkins Glen International. The Round of 10 — the first of three postseason rounds — then begins Aug. 20 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. There will be four playoff races before the ultimate title battle Nov. 5 at Phoenix Raceway.

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