Sunday, July 22, 2012

Buescher Regains Two Lost Laps, Wins Chicagoland Truck Series Thriller

Buescher wins again!
James Buescher rebounded from two lost laps due to a balky carburetor in Saturday night’s American Ethanol 225 at Chicagoland Speedway, then roared back through the field to overtake a dominant Brendan Gaughan and win his third race of the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.

Buescher’s No. 31 Fresh from Florida Chevrolet Silverado started the 150-lap race on the inside of the sixth row and cracked the Top-10 by Lap 20 with lap times comparable to the leaders. On Lap 74, however, he radioed his crew that the engine had gone flat, robbing him of horsepower and causing his to fall backward through the field.  

When the yellow flag waved for Jennifer Jo Cobb’s spin on Lap 82, Buescher brought his Chevrolet to pit road and the crew changed a malfunctioning carburetor. He returned to the track two laps in arrears and seeming out of contention.

He regained those lost laps by racing his way into position for a pair of “Lucky Dog” passes, regaining his lead-lap status for good on Lap 106. He passed 17 trucks in the next 20 laps to break into the Top-5, while Gaughan, Ty Dillon and point-leader Timothy Peters waged a spectacular, often three-wide battle for the lead.

Buescher (31) passed a lot of Trucks
A caution flag bunched the field for a Lap 141 restart, and Buescher wasted little time capitalizing, taking the lead just three laps after the restart. He fought off late challenges from both Peters and Gaughan, making a last-lap pass to capture his third Truck Series win of 2012 and his fourth overall. Gaughan finished second after spinning his tires on a late restart, then battling back to pass five trucks in the final two laps after leading a race-high 83 laps.

Peters padded his series point lead with a third-place finish, followed by Matt Crafton fourth and Parker Kligerman fifth. Cale Gale, Ron Hornaday Jr, Jason Leffler, Jason White and David Starr completed the Top-10.

“What a night,” said Buescher in Victory Lane. “Everyone on this team lives by the motto that we never give up, and tonight was a testament to that. We had to change the carburetor, but nobody gave up. We stayed with our plan and it worked perfectly. We had a great truck, and I knew we could get up there once we fixed the carburetor.” 

Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

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