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Buescher Wins Second In A Row At Kentucky Speedway

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, September 22 2012

James Buescher won his fourth Camping World race of the year. (Chris Graythen for Getty Images)

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James Buescher  won Friday night’s Kentucky 201 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway.

The victory for Buescher, who also won at the 1.5-mile track back on June 28, was the fourth of his season and series career.

“I wouldn’t say it was a dominating performance like the last time we were here (led 119 of 150 laps), but I think we led the most laps and dominated anyway,” said Buescher, who indeed led the most laps Friday (64 of the race’s 134 circuits around the track). “We’ve won four races with the same truck and now we’re going to dust it off and take it to another mile-and-a-half (next week at Las Vegas).”

The Texas native won Friday’s race by not pitting for fuel in the final 53 laps.

Buescher’s Turner Motorsports crew chief, Michael Shelton, made sure his driver saved enough fuel in their Chevrolet Silverado at the right time – particularly on the last caution period from Lap 108 to 111 – to motor all the way to the checkered flag.

“We should have been at least two (laps) to the good,” Shelton said. “James saved fuel for us every way he could, but we were definitely close. It would have been real interesting if it had been a green-white-checker there and where everybody would have been, but fortunately it played out for us.”

Buescher, who admitted he wasn’t feeling 100 percent in the race, having battled the flu bug for the last three days, came in on Lap 81 for just two right-side tires and fuel to gain an advantage coming out of the pits. The strategy added to the drama when the seventh and final caution of the race occurred on Lap 107 after Jason White wrecked.

With 27 laps to go, Shelton elected to keep Buescher on the track to maintain position, as did his four closest challengers – pole-sitter Joey Coulter, rookie Ty Dillon, Parker Kligerman and Matt Crafton – setting up the fuel mileage outcome. Ironically, none of the leaders ran out of fuel in the final laps.

“I think we were two laps to the good, so maybe two more laps (left),” Dillon said. “We were chancing it there. . . . I’m a little bummed about finishing third just because James won, but we’ve got some speed and some great momentum.”

Dillon made a surge toward the front in the final 15 laps, but Buescher’s truck was nothing short of flawless, building a nearly two-second lead before finishing with a 1.292-second winning margin over runner-up Parker Kligerman, who rallied back from an earlier spin.

Dillon finished third, followed by Coulter and Brian Scott in fifth. Dillon now has three top-3 finishes in his last three starts: his first career NCWTS win at Atlanta, a second-place showing last week at Iowa and Friday’s third-place outing.

RACE RESULTS

1. (8) James Buescher, Chevrolet, 134, $48,865.

2. (5) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, 134, $30,390.

3. (3) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 134, $19,635.

4. (1) Joey Coulter, Chevrolet, 134, $18,125.

5. (10) Brian Scott, Toyota, 134, $12,350.

6. (2) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 134, $13,275.

7. (14) Justin Lofton, Chevrolet, 134, $13,975.

8. (12) Miguel Paludo, Chevrolet, 134, $11,550.

9. (11) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 134, $11,500.

10. (23) John Wes Townley, Toyota, 134, $12,400.

11. (16) Ryan Blaney, RAM, 134, $11,725.

12. (6) Nelson Piquet Jr., Chevrolet, 134, $11,275.

13. (25) Jake Crum, Chevrolet, 134, $8,975.

14. (22) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet, 134, $11,175.

15. (34) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, 133, $12,125.

16. (30) Jennifer Jo Cobb, RAM, 127, $8,675.

17. (29) Jeff Agnew, Chevrolet, Oil Pump, 123, $10,825.

18. (17) Tim George Jr., Chevrolet, 118, $10,700.

19. (4) Cale Gale, Chevrolet, 115, $10,600.

20. (19) Jason White, Ford, Accident, 105, $11,175.

21. (13) Timothy Peters, Toyota, Accident, 66, $10,400.

22. (28) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, Engine, 65, $9,050.

23. (9) Max Gresham, Chevrolet, Accident, 62, $7,950.

24. (33) Travis Miller, Chevrolet, Vibration, 54, $8,850.

25. (24) John King, Ford, Accident, 53, $7,975.

26. (15) David Mayhew, RAM, Brakes, 53, $7,800.

27. (18) Brennan Newberry, Chevrolet, Accident, 46, $7,750.

28. (27) Ross Chastain, Toyota, Vibration, 35, $7,725.

29. (26) Bryan Silas, Ford, Accident, 33, $7,700.

30. (7) Todd Bodine, Toyota, Accident, 21, $8,175.

31. (20) Dakoda Armstrong, Chevrolet, Engine, 16, $7,650.

32. (32) Johnny Chapman, Chevrolet, Rear End, 16, $7,625.

33. (21) Chris Jones, Chevrolet, Rear End, 4, $7,600.

34. (35) Chris Fontaine, Chevrolet, Engine, 3, $7,580.

35. (36) Dennis Setzer, Chevrolet, Vibration, 3, $7,550.

36. (31) Blake Koch, Ford, Transmission, 0, $7,509.

RACE STATISTICS

Average Speed of Race Winner: 106.053 mph.

Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 53 Mins, 43 Secs.

Margin of Victory: 1.292 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 7 for 42 laps.

Lead Changes: 10 among 7 drivers.

Lap Leaders: J. Coulter 1-17; R. Chastain 18; B. Silas 19-20; B. Scott 21-33; J. Buescher 34-42; B. Scott 43; J. Buescher 44-46; R. Blaney 47-59; J. Coulter 60-81; J. Agnew 82; J. Buescher 83-134.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): J. Buescher 3 times for 64 laps; J. Coulter 2 times for 39 laps; B. Scott 2 times for 14 laps; R. Blaney 1 time for 13 laps; B. Silas 1 time for 2 laps; J. Agnew 1 time for 1 lap; R. Chastain 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: T. Dillon – 602; J. Buescher – 598; T. Peters – 576; P. Kligerman – 572; J. Coulter – 556; M. Crafton – 553; J. Lofton – 548; N. Piquet Jr. – 524; M. Paludo – 481; R. Hornaday Jr. – 477.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, September 22 2012
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