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John Hunter Nemechek holds off Kyle Busch for Truck Series win at Las Vegas

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John Hunter Nemechek holds off Kyle Busch for Truck Series win at Las Vegas John Hunter Nemechek holds off Kyle Busch for Truck Series win at Las Vegas It‘s a good night when you beat the boss.

John Hunter Nemechek beat Kyle Busch to win Friday‘s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Nemechek, who led a race-high 94 laps in the No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, fended off his team owner in the No. 51 Toyota following a restart with six laps remaining. Nemechek also earned the Stage 1 win, while Busch won Stage 2. It served as the seventh victory of Nemechek‘s career in the Camping World Truck Series.

Austin Hill finished third, followed by Stewart Friesen and Matt Crafton to round out the top five.

RELATED: Unofficial results

Among the 10 trucks Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis volunteered to sponsor in Friday night‘s race, Grant Enfinger and Parker Kligerman collected the most bonus money after finishes of seventh and eighth, respectively. Both drivers earned $25,000 each for their teams, along with the $15,000 for wrapping the truck in Camping World colors.

Defending Camping World Truck Series champion Sheldon Creed also had a Camping World paint scheme on the No. 2 GMS Racing Chevrolet, but a loose spark plug toward the end of Stage 2 and a crash in the final stage took him out of contention for the victory. He finished 18th.

RELATED: Conor Daly’s fiery crash at Las Vegas

The biggest incident of the race occurred on Lap 96. A seven-car pileup at the entrance of Turn 1 after the No. 24 Chevrolet of Raphael Lessard came across the nose of David Gilliland‘s No. 17 Toyota, sending both drivers for a spin. The crash also collected Hailie Deegan, Sheldon Creed, Austin Wayne Self, Bret Holmes and Ryan Truex. Holmes and Truex were forced to retire from the race.

Next up for the Camping World Truck Series is the Fr8Auctions 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 20 (2:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR).

This story will be updated.

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