James Buescher wasn’t a main subject in the picture that was the Michigan National Guard 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn on Saturday, but he quietly worked his way toward the front to put himself in a position to take the lead from Kyle Busch with four laps to go when Busch’s truck got loose.
“I don’t know where Buescher came from,” Busch said after the race.
Buescher may not have been noticed for much of the race, but he was up front in the lead the final laps of the race and made his presence known in victory lane.
“I knew yesterday, we had a shot,” Buescher said. “But early today, it was tough. We couldn’t catch any breaks.”
Busch, still winless in Truck Series action at MIS, had to settle for second, but he almost lost that in the final stretch. He barely beat Ty Dillon across the start/finish lone on the final lap for runner-up honors.
Joey Logano finished fourth behind Dillon and Miguel Paludo was fifth.
Pole sitter Jeb Burton led most of the early laps before Busch took over on lap 45 of the 100-lap race. Paludo then took the lead with a two-tire pit strategy during a caution with 36 laps to go. He was able to hold on to the spot until Busch retook the lead on a restart that followed a caution with 26 laps remaining.
Busch remained up front until his late-race bobble that allowed Buescher to take the top-spot.
The yellow flag waved seven times, with three of those cautions coming out in the first 26 laps. The field couldn’t even make a full lap under green before the yellow flag waved for the first time on lap one after contact between Darrell Wallace Jr. and Ryan Blaney sent Blaney spinning and hard into the inside retaining wall.
“From my perspective, it just looked like the No. 54 (Wallace) turned left on us and wrecked us,” Blaney said.
Wallace accepted blame for the incident. He became a casualty of a caution on lap 26 when Max Gresham spun and collected Wallace and Johnny Sauter.
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