Chassis 214 for the No. 31 Chevrolet team out of the Turner Motorsports stable is, obviously, a good one. Prior to Saturday night’s American Ethanol 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway, Buescher had already driven chassis 214 to victory lane twice in 2012 after races at mile-and-a-half tracks. So it was reasonable to expect the No. 31 team to bring that chassis to Chicagoland, another mile-and-a-half.
Just like the two times before, Buescher, once again, drove chassis 214 to victory lane Saturday for his third win of the season. On top of that, this most recent win came after his team changed the carburetor on the truck during the race, sending Buescher two laps down for a time.
“Definitely, the best change we made all day was the carburetor,” Buescher said in victory lane.
According to crew chief Mike Shelton, the team and driver’s determination went a long way in overcoming the adversity to take this lastest win.
“Those guys never give up,” Shelton said of his crew. “James never gives up.”
Brendan Gaughan led more than half of the race, keeping his No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet up front for 83 circuits of the 150-lap race, but a restart miscue following a caution with 15 laps to go resulted in Gaughan losing the lead to Buescher and then second to Timothy Peters soon after the restart.
“Right now, we have the class of the field,” Gaughan said. “On that restart, I spun my tires and gave everyone else a chance.”
Gaughan did get by Peters on the final lap to finish second. Peters, the winner last weekend at Iowa Speedway, finished third.
“We tried some stuff when we tested in Nashville, and we hit on something and brought it here,” Peters said.
Matt Crafton finished fourth, and Parker Kligerman rounded out the top-five. Cale Gale was sixth, and Ron Hornaday finished seventh. On lap 73 of the race, Hornaday hit the 50,000 laps ran mark of his Truck Series career.
Jason Leffler finished eighth, Jason Whtie was ninth, and David Starr finished 10th in his 300th-career Camping World Truck Series start.
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