“In the closing laps of the race, I was just wondering what’s going to go wrong, because something always does,” James Buescher said, following the UNOH 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday night.
It’s understandable that Buescher would think that way. After all, his win earlier this season aside, Buescher had come close to victory lane so many times, only to have something spoil his shot at a win in the late statges of races.
But nothing spoiled Thursday night for the driver of the No. 31 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet. He made the aforementioned statement from victory lane as he celebrated the second Truck Series win of his career and second victory of the 2012 season.
Buescher drove away to the win as Ty Dillon and Brad Keselowski battled it out for runner-up honors. Said honors went to Keselowski, as he got by Dillon with three laps to go after the two battled for the spot for several laps. Dillon was relegated to third.
“I’m really happy to come out with a good finish,” Dillon said.
The night looked to belong to Thorsport Racing early on, with Matt Crafton starting the race from the pole and teammate Johnny Sauter taking command of second on lap one.
The Thorsport teammates ran first and second until they both lost several spots on a restart following the second caution of the race that came out on lap 22.
It was on that restart that Buescher began to take control of the race.
Buescher lost the lead during a caution about two-thirds of the way through the 150-lap race, when Dillon and Timothy Peters got off pit road first and second by taking only two tires.
Buescher’s time out of the lead was short-lived, though, as he reclaimed the top spot on the restart.
“It’s (restarts) the best opportunity to pass, in my eyes,” Buescher said.
Buescher led the rest of the way, and Dillon held on to second until he was passed by Keselowski in the closing laps.
Crafton finished fourth, and Peters rounded out the top-five.
Sauter was sixth, Joey Coulter seventh, Jason Leffler eighth and Ron Hornaday ninth.
Kyle Larson finished 10th in his Camping World Truck Series debut.
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