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James Buescher Is The 2012 Camping World Truck Series Champ

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Friday, November 16 2012

James Buescher, Camping World Trucks Series champion. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Gregg Ellman)

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James Buescher won the 2012 Camping World Truck Series championship Friday night with a 13th-place  finish in the season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The championship was his first in the series and gave team owner Steve Turner of Turner Motorsports his first title.

Rookie Ty Dillon of Richard Childress was involved in a wreck with Kyle Larson with just two laps to go and running second – and just a point behind Buescher – in the race.

He finished 25th in the race and third in points.

This year’s runner-up for the championship is Timothy Peters of Red Horse Racing.

Cale Gale passed series moonlighter Kyle Busch on the final lap, banged fenders with the Sprint Cup regular and won the race at Homestead after a green/white/checkered restart.

Busch finished second.

Joey Coulter finished third and Nelson Piquet Jr. was fourth.

Despite the disappointment at Homestead, Dillon was awarded the series rookie of the year honors.

“For Ty to have won a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in his rookie year and come down to Homestead with a chance to win the championship are great accomplishments in his rookie season,” said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. “He’s continued the success he had last year after winning the ARCA Racing Series championship and, If not for some misfortune, he would be in an even better position for this year’s championship. But for him to win the rookie of the year in the Truck Series, after Joey Coulter did it last year and Austin did it in 2010, is a pretty cool deal for RCR, ECR and our family.”

The finish of the race was fairly wild as Busch and Gale crossed the finish line bang-up-door-to-banged-up-door. The margin of victory was .014 seconds.

After the race, the two drivers offered their views on the final laps.

Gale claimed the first victory of his career in a green-white-checkered-flag finish that took the race six laps beyond its scheduled distance of 134 laps. As he and Busch exited the final turn, Gale pinched Busch’s No. 18 Toyota against the outside wall, taking the checkered flag by a nose in a shower of sparks.

“I got drove into the fence,” Busch said. “That’s it. You saw it.”

Gale didn’t disagree.

“It’s not my style, but I knew that, if I could pinch him a little bit, I could get the advantage, and pretty much, that’s what I was thinking at that point,” Gale said. “A guy like me, it’s my first opportunity to come down for the checkered flag in a NASCAR race.

“Kyle’s a racer. He’s been in the same position I’ve been in. We’ve all seen hungry racers get an opportunity and take it. That’s what you have to do in this sport. He owes me, but I saw the checkers in the final race. That’s all I can say…

“When it comes down to the final straightaway to win at Homestead in the last race, and your first NASCAR win, I believe anybody would do it.”

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – Ford EcoBoost 200

Homestead-Miami Speedway

1. (5) Cale Gale #, Chevrolet, 140, $45025.

2. (6) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 140, $23190.

3. (11) Joey Coulter, Chevrolet, 140, $19410.

4. (4) Nelson Piquet Jr., Chevrolet, 140, $17825.

5. (7) Miguel Paludo, Chevrolet, 140, $16500.

6. (10) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 140, $16275.

7. (1) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, 140, $17375.

8. (14) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 140, $14875.

9. (12) Justin Lofton, Chevrolet, 140, $14675.

10. (18) Ross Chastain #, Toyota, 140, $17950.

11. (19) Todd Bodine, Toyota, 140, $14375.

12. (9) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 140, $14200.

13. (17) James Buescher, Chevrolet, 140, $14075.

14. (21) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 140, $13975.

15. (28) German Quiroga, Toyota, 139, $12700.

16. (29) David Starr, Toyota, 139, $13750.

17. (22) Jason White, Ford, 139, $13650.

18. (30) Tim George Jr., Chevrolet, 139, $13550.

19. (25) Jason Leffler, Chevrolet, 138, $13450.

20. (8) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet, 138, $13975.

21. (24) Mario Gosselin, Chevrolet, 138, $11900.

22. (20) Jake Crum, Chevrolet, 137, $10650.

23. (13) Max Gresham #, Chevrolet, 137, $10525.

24. (26) Jeff Agnew, Chevrolet, 136, $11225.

25. (3) Ty Dillon #, Chevrolet, 135, $10175.

26. (36) Travis Miller, Chevrolet, 135, $9825.

27. (2) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, Accident, 131, $9625.

28. (16) Ryan Blaney, RAM, Accident, 131, $9425.

29. (35) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, 131, $9200.

30. (34) Ryan Lynch, Chevrolet, 130, $9000.

31. (32) Jennifer Jo Cobb, RAM, 129, $8450.

32. (15) John Wes Townley #, Toyota, 118, $8425.

33. (33) Bryan Silas #, Ford, Accident, 43, $8400.

34. (23) Dusty Davis, Toyota, Clutch, 28, $8375.

35. (27) Chris Jones, Chevrolet, Brakes, 10, $8350.

36. (31) Blake Koch(i), Ford, Transmission, 3, $8264.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 121.407 mph.

Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 43 Mins, 47 Secs. Margin of Victory: 0.014 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 5 for 23 laps.

Lead Changes: 11 among 7 drivers.

Lap Leaders: P. Kligerman 1-5; N. Piquet Jr. 6-37; K. Busch(i) 38-50; K. Larson 51-86; K. Busch(i) 87; N. Piquet Jr. 88; J. Sauter 89; T. Bodine 90-93; K. Larson 94-105; J. Sauter 106-108; K. Busch(i) 109-139; C. Gale # 140;.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): K. Larson 2 times for 48 laps; K. Busch(i) 3 times for 45 laps; N. Piquet Jr. 2 times for 33 laps; P. Kligerman 1 time for 5 laps; T. Bodine 1 time for 4 laps; J. Sauter 2 times for 4 laps; C. Gale # 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: J. Buescher – 808; T. Peters – 802; J. Coulter – 789; T. Dillon # – 784; P. Kligerman – 778; M. Crafton – 759; N. Piquet Jr. – 747; J. Lofton – 710; J. Sauter – 678; M. Paludo – 668.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Friday, November 16 2012
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