Another race at a mile-and-a-half race track = another win for James Buescher. Buescher took the checkered flag in the Kentucky 201 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway on Friday night to claim his fourth win of the season.
“To be able to win races when you have an opportunity is really cool,” Buescher said in victory lane.
Buescher got out front during a caution on lap 80 when crew chief Michael Shelton opted to go with only two tires. Despite drivers behind him taking four, Buescher was able to remain out front for the win, giving him a sweep of the two-yearly Kentucky Speedway Truck Series events.
“Michael Shelton made a great call to take two there at the end,” Buescher said.
Parker Kligerman took runner-up honors for his fifth-career second-place finish, bringing the still-winless driver just one second-place showing shy of the record for number of seconds before a first-career win.
“That’s a horrible statistic,” Buescher said after the race.
Richard Childress teammates Ty Dillon and Joey Coulter were third and fourth. Both Dillon and Coulter took four tires on their final pit stops, causing them to lose track position. But they were able to make their ways back toward the front and raced Kligerman for the second spot near the end before Kligerman moved into second for good with seven laps to go. That left the RCR duo to battle for third.
“Wish we could have been battling for the win there,” Coulter said.
Dillon maintain his series championship points lead, but with the race win, Buescher closed to within four points.
Brian Scott rounded out the top-five in the final race rundown.
The race was attrition-filled. Coulter started on the pole and led the first 15 laps before the yellow flag waved for the first time on lap 16. Through much of the race, that opening 15-lap run was the longest green-flag run of the event. Things finally settled down somewhat following the fifth caution of the race that came out on lap 54. After that, the yellow waved only two more times in the 134-lap event.
Even runner-up Kligerman wasn’t immune to the action. He spun and brought out a caution on lap 80.
“We came back,” Kligerman said. “I’m really proud of these guys.”
Johnny Sauter recovered from being involved in a caution on lap 21 to finish sixth. Finishing seventh through 10th were Justin Lofton, Miguel Paludo, Matt Crafton and John Wes Townley.
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