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Buescher’s Two Carb Diet A Winner In Joliet

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, July 22 2012

James Buescher hits the finish line first during Saturday night's Camping World race at Chicagoland Speedway. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Gregg Ellman)

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Not even having to change carburetors during a pit stop could keep James Buescher from winning Saturday night’s American Ethanol 225 Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.

Buescher, who had to make up two laps lost during the carb-change stop, won for the third time of the season.

“We had issues early on where we kept losing power, so we decided to pit, changed the carburetor and the car came to life,” Buescher said. “From there, it was a matter of getting our laps back and going forward from there.”

Finishing second was Brendan Gaughan, who led 83 of the 150 laps, and who appeared headed to his first win in nine years but spun his tires on a late restart.

“I think about not winning (since 2003) every single day,” Gaughan said. “I thought tonight might finally be our night. But still, to run the way we did, and the great equipment Richard Childress gave us, this was really a great run, especially since we’re only racing a part-time schedule.”

Series Points-leader Timothy Peters finished third.

Matt Crafton finished fourth and Parker Kligerman rounded out the top five.

Rounding out the top 10 were Cale Gale, Ron Hornaday Jr, Jason Leffler, Jason White and David Starr.

With six laps left, pole-sitter Justin Lofton slammed into the outside wall, bringing out the final caution of the race, setting up a shootout to the checkered flag between Peters and Buescher.

Gaughan, starting only his fourth race of the season, was hoping for his first NCWTS win since Oct. 11, 2003 at Texas Motor Speedway, his sixth triumph of that season. Unfortunately, he would come up short, extending his current winless streak to 130 races.

Several drivers reached significant milestones in their respective careers:

– Just one lap before halfway through the 150-lap event, four-time series champion Hornaday became the second driver in NCWTS history to complete 50,000 laps in his career. Hornaday finished 6th.

– Todd Bodine, who made his 200th series start, became the first driver to earn at least 200 starts in each of NASCAR’s three premier series: NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series, finished 18th.

– David Starr became the fifth driver in series history to reach 300 starts. Starr finished 10th.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – American Ethanol 225

Race Results

1. (11) James Buescher, Chevrolet, 150, $44850.

2. (6) Brendan Gaughan(i), Chevrolet, 150, $32240.

3. (4) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 150, $23210.

4. (9) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 150, $17325.

5. (17) Parker Kligerman, RAM, 150, $15850.

6. (8) Cale Gale #, Chevrolet, 150, $15425.

7. (14) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet, 150, $14275.

8. (5) Jason Leffler, Toyota, 150, $14200.

9. (13) Jason White, Ford, 150, $14125.

10. (21) David Starr, Toyota, 150, $15350.

11. (22) Rick Crawford, Chevrolet, 150, $11725.

12. (3) Ty Dillon #, Chevrolet, 150, $13850.

13. (19) Ross Chastain #, Toyota, 150, $13825.

14. (16) John Wes Townley #, Toyota, 150, $13775.

15. (2) Joey Coulter, Chevrolet, 150, $14800.

16. (20) Dakoda Armstrong #, Toyota, 150, $13650.

17. (10) Miguel Paludo, Chevrolet, 150, $13575.

18. (7) Todd Bodine, Toyota, 150, $13525.

19. (18) Paulie Harraka #, Ford, 150, $13475.

20. (28) Chad McCumbee, Chevrolet, 150, $11775.

21. (1) Justin Lofton, Chevrolet, 150, $14425.

22. (15) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 149, $13100.

23. (34) Jennifer Jo Cobb, RAM, 144, $11075.

24. (23) Bryan Silas #, Ford, 142, $11050.

25. (36) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, 142, $11175.

26. (12) Nelson Piquet Jr., Chevrolet, Accident, 94, $11000.

27. (33) Chris Fontaine, Chevrolet, Accident, 92, $10975.

28. (25) Clay Greenfield, RAM, Brakes, 90, $10950.

29. (29) C.E. Falk, Chevrolet, Vibration, 72, $10900.

30. (24) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, Engine, 45, $11375.

31. (30) Chris Jones, Chevrolet, Engine, 25, $10850.

32. (31) Blake Koch(i), RAM, Vibration, 13, $10825.

33. (27) Dennis Setzer, Chevrolet, Electrical, 10, $10800.

34. (35) T.J. Bell(i), RAM, Vibration, 3, $10775.

35. (26) Jeff Green(i), Chevrolet, Rear Gear, 2, $10750.

36. (32) Johnny Chapman, Toyota, Vibration, 2, $10716.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 119.363 mph.

Time of Race: 01 Hrs, 53 Mins, 06 Secs. Margin of Victory: 0.247 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 7 for 31 laps.

Lead Changes: 16 among 10 drivers.

Lap Leaders: J. Lofton 1-12; B. Gaughan(i) 13-46; R. Hornaday Jr. 47; M. Paludo 48-52; P. Kligerman 53-58; P. Harraka # 59-60; B. Gaughan(i) 61-100; J. Coulter 101-103; J. Lofton 104; T. Dillon # 105; J. Lofton 106-116; T. Dillon # 117-132; B. Gaughan(i) 133-141; T. Peters 142-143; J. Buescher 144-148; T. Peters 149; J. Buescher 150;.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): B. Gaughan(i) 3 times for 83 laps; J. Lofton 3 times for 24 laps; T. Dillon # 2 times for 17 laps; J. Buescher 2 times for 6 laps; P. Kligerman 1 time for 6 laps; M. Paludo 1 time for 5 laps; T. Peters 2 times for 3 laps; J. Coulter 1 time for 3 laps; P. Harraka # 1 time for 2 laps; R. Hornaday Jr. 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: T. Peters – 395; T. Dillon # – 372; J. Lofton – 365; J. Buescher – 360; P. Kligerman – 346; M. Crafton – 345; R. Hornaday Jr. – 334; J. Coulter – 322; N. Piquet Jr. – 302; J. White – 295.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, July 22 2012
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