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KNOXVILLE, IOWA - JULY 08: John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the #4 Mobil 1 Toyota, drives during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Corn Belt 150 presented by Premier Chevy Dealers at Knoxville Raceway on July 08, 2021 in Knoxville, Iowa. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) | Getty Images
KNOXVILLE, IOWA - JULY 08: John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the #4 Mobil 1 Toyota, drives during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Corn Belt 150 presented by Premier Chevy Dealers at Knoxville Raceway on July 08, 2021 in Knoxville, Iowa. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) | Getty Images

John Hunter Nemechek wrapped up regular season championship following Knoxville run

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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