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Truckers Shake It Up On Martinsville Short Track

Deb Williams | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Saturday, October 27 2012

Ty Dillon had a tough day at Martinsville on Saturday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Talladega Superspeedway is always cited as the wild card in a championship battle, but the tough, half-mile Martinsville Speedway proved Saturday it could overshadow the 2.66-mile track.

In Saturday’s Kroger 200, the historic, paperclip-shaped track caused a shakeup in the NASCAR Camping Work Truck Series standings that kept four drivers in the championship hunt with three races remaining.

Rookie Ty Dillon lost the lead to James Buescher while Red Horse Racing teammates Timothy Peters and Parker Kligerman remained within striking distance in third and fourth, respectively. Saturday’s race marked the fifth time this season the point lead had changed.

“Everybody thought Talladega would be the big shakeup race,” said Buescher, who entered the event one point behind Dillon but exited 21 points ahead. “I was more worried about Talladega than I was this one, but I guess I was wrong.”

At one point in the race’s first half, Buescher was 28th, one lap down, while Dillon was in the top 15 on the lead lap. Buescher regained his lost lap when the third of seven yellow flags waved on lap 94 for Tim George Jr.’s turn four accident. Then, on lap 151 of the 200-lap race, Dillon cut a right-front tire and smacked the wall. He eventually finished 28th, six laps down to winner Denny Hamlin, while Buescher bounced back to place sixth.

James Buescher moved into the points lead on Saturday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Gregg Ellman)

“The guys did a good job getting the adjustments back in the truck when we got the Lucky Dog [free pass to regain the lost lap] and we went back to work,” Buescher said. “We were good on a restart and we were able to pick off a couple at a time. Then we had to wait for other people to move people out of the way for us and just follow them through. We just stayed calm and never gave up.”

Earlier this year Buescher’s Turner Motorsports team fought back from a two-lap deficit to win at Chicagoland Speedway, so the 22-year-old driver knew his team could rebound from one-lap down at Martinsville.

“I knew we just needed some adjustments,” Buescher said. “We hadn’t stopped. We were still on the initial run. I knew that we could get the back end in the track better.

“We were just really loose and just needed to come to pit road, get an adjustment and hit reset. (Crew chief) Michael Shelton made good calls on what to do to get the truck better and we were able to go forward the rest of the day.”

Buescher believes that heading into Texas next weekend with the point lead places his team in control, but notes they must eliminate mistakes. Peters trails Buescher by 25 points, while Kligerman is 36 back.

– Deb Williams can be reached at dwilliams@racintoday.com

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – KROGER 200

Martinsville Speedway

1. (5) Denny Hamlin(i), Toyota, 200, $32000.

2. (4) Nelson Piquet Jr., Chevrolet, 200, $26840.

3. (15) Joey Coulter, Chevrolet, 200, $16485.

4. (7) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 200, $13400.

5. (23) Scott Riggs(i), Chevrolet, 200, $9650.

6. (10) James Buescher, Chevrolet, 200, $10450.

7. (1) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 200, $12600.

8. (11) Ryan Blaney, RAM, 200, $10250.

9. (13) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, 200, $10200.

10. (3) Brian Scott(i), Toyota, 200, $9175.

11. (21) Max Gresham #, Chevrolet, 200, $8850.

12. (2) Kevin Harvick(i), Chevrolet, 200, $7725.

13. (27) Jason White, Ford, 200, $9925.

14. (8) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 200, $10875.

15. (20) Miguel Paludo, Chevrolet, 200, $10850.

16. (19) David Starr, Toyota, 200, $9700.

17. (24) Josh Richards(i), Ford, 200, $7400.

18. (26) John Wes Townley #, Toyota, 200, $9600.

19. (14) Justin Lofton, Chevrolet, 200, $9550.

20. (36) Peyton Sellers, Chevrolet, 199, $7875.

21. (9) Jeff Agnew, Chevrolet, 199, $9475.

22. (12) Todd Bodine, Toyota, 198, $9450.

23. (31) Ross Chastain #, Toyota, 198, $9425.

24. (29) Caleb Holman #, Chevrolet, 198, $7150.

25. (30) Clay Greenfield, RAM, 198, $7250.

26. (28) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 197, $9325.

27. (33) Tim George Jr., Chevrolet, 197, $9250.

28. (6) Ty Dillon #, Chevrolet, 194, $7975.

29. (32) Bryan Silas #, Ford, 193, $7925.

30. (25) Tyler Young, Chevrolet, 189, $7400.

31. (35) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, 188, $6450.

32. (17) Ryan Truex(i), Chevrolet, Transmission, 158, $6425.

33. (16) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet, Oil Pump, 136, $6400.

34. (18) Matt Merrell, Chevrolet, Transmission, 35, $6350.

35. (22) Cale Gale #, Chevrolet, Transmission, 7, $6325.

36. (34) Chris Fontaine, Chevrolet, Clutch, 5, $6292.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 69.579 mph.

Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 30 Mins, 43 Secs. Margin of Victory: 1.932 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 7 for 40 laps.

Lead Changes: 7 among 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders: T. Peters 1-58; K. Harvick(i) 59-94; J. Sauter 95; K. Harvick(i) 96-151; T. Peters 152; K. Harvick(i) 153-161; M. Crafton 162-194; D. Hamlin(i) 195-200.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): K. Harvick(i) 3 times for 101 laps; T. Peters 2 times for 59 laps; M. Crafton 1 time for 33 laps; D. Hamlin(i) 1 time for 6 laps; J. Sauter 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: J. Buescher – 716; T. Dillon # – 695; T. Peters – 691; P. Kligerman – 680; J. Coulter – 670; M. Crafton – 664; N. Piquet Jr. – 626; J. Lofton – 618; J. Sauter – 573; M. Paludo – 568.

Deb Williams | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Saturday, October 27 2012
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