Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 9/8/14
Cale Gale beat out Kyle Busch for the win Friday Night in Homestead-Miami and James Buescher won his first career NASCAR championship. Buescher remained steady throughout the race and when Ty Dillon was involved in a wreck late in the race; Buescher cruised to take home the championship trophy. Buescher became the second straight first time champion in the Truck Series and he closed out a marvelous season with a championship that was well deserved. Parker Kligerman started the race on the pole and he led the first six laps before being passed by Nelson Piquet Jr. The first caution of the night flew on lap 35 for debris. The leaders pitted and Kyle Busch came off of pit road first and took the lead. The second yellow flag of the evening came out on lap 44 for Bryan Silas who got into the wall. Kyle Larson took his first lead of the race on lap 51 when he passed Kyle Busch. The halfway point in the race was reached and Larson led. Point’s leader James Buescher was ninth, another championship hopeful –Ty Dillon- was sixth and the third championship contender –Timothy Peters- was running thirteenth. The final round of green flag pit stops began with 48 laps to go and all the championship contenders pitted without incident. Kyle Larson cycled through the round of stops as the leader. The third yellow flag of the day came out with 30 laps to go for Max Gresham who got into the wall. The leaders pitted and Johnny Sauter was the new leader on the restart and he was soon passed by Kyle Busch for the lead. Another caution flew with ten laps to go for Gresham getting into the wall again and some drivers pitted while others stayed out. Buescher stayed on the track to keep his track position. Kyle Busch continued to lead on the restart. With three laps to go, the final caution of the race came out and it involved championship contender Ty Dillon. Kyle Larson drove his No.4 truck hard into turn three and Larson got loose and spun up into Dillon, knocking Dillon into the wall. Larson then backed his truck into the wall and then came down the track into traffic and he tagged Ryan Blaney and Blaney went nose first into the outside wall. The incident brought out the red flag with just two laps remaining in the race. All drivers in the accident were okay but Ty Dillon was running second at the time of the incident and he was only one point out of the championship lead and his championship chances were hurt badly after the incident. Buescher pitted once the yellow flag was displayed and he would restart eleventh. Timothy Peters was the last driver with a chance to beat James Buescher for the championship and he had one last chance to do so. The battle for the lead got heated on the final lap. Coming out of turn four Kyle Busch was on the outside while Cale Gale was on the inside and they were side by side heading for the line. Gale pushed Busch up into the wall and Gale edged Busch out at the line by 0.014 seconds. This was Gale’s first career Truck Series win and he was the ninth first time winner in the Truck Series for 2012. An extremely close finish was one way to end the season on a high note. Timothy Peters was unable to beat James Buescher by the amount of positions he needed to and James Buescher crossed the line to win his first career NASCAR championship. Buescher did a champion style burn-out and he pulled into the championship victory lane. Buescher was excited beyond belief about getting his first championship and getting his team (Turner Motorsports) their first championship. This was Buescher fourth season in the Truck Series and he finished runner-up in the championship last year and he wasn’t going to settle for the same this year and he didn’t. Buescher said in victory lane that “The truck has done a lot for us this season.” A magical season for Buescher finally came to a close with Buescher bringing home some new hard ware. Buescher won his first career Truck Series race this season and he went on to win a total of four races throughout the season. Buescher has now been crowned the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and after the season he has had, no one deserved the championship more. An incredible, exciting and thrilling season for the Truck Series has finally come to a close. We saw nine first time winners and 16 different winners throughout the season. We also witnessed a first time champion. The 2012 Truck Series season had it all and 2013 is expected to be even better. Will the 2013 season be as good as or better than the season we just finished up? Tune into the first race of the 2013 season next February from Daytona to find out. Fin St # Driver Sponsor Car Laps Money Status Led Points 1 5 33 Cale Gale RUUD Chevrolet 140 $45,025 Running 1 47 2 6 18 Kyle Busch Dollar General Toyota 140 $23,190 Running 45 0 3 11 22 Joey Coulter Rip-It Chevrolet 140 $19,410 Running 0 41 4 4 30 Nelson Piquet Jr FlaLottery.com Chevrolet 140 $17,825 Running 33 41 5 7 32 Miguel Paludo Duroline Brakes & Components Chevrolet 140 $16,500 Running 0 39 6 10 13 Johnny Sauter Seal Master / Curb Records Toyota 140 $16,275 Running 4 39 7 1 7 Parker Kligerman Red Horse Racing Toyota 140 $17,375 Running 5 38 8 14 17 Timothy Peters Red Horse Racing Toyota 140 $14,875 Running 0 36 9 12 6 Justin Lofton Lofton Cattle Chevrolet 140 $14,675 Running 0 35 10 18 8 Ross Chastain Custom Cooling Toyota 140 $17,950 Running 0 34 11 19 11 Todd Bodine Toyota Care Toyota 140 $14,375 Running 4 34 12 9 88 Matt Crafton Menards Toyota 140 $14,200 Running 0 32 13 17 31 James Buescher Great Clips Chevrolet 140 $14,075 Running 0 31 14 21 39 Ryan Sieg Pull-A-Part, LLC Chevrolet 140 $13,975 Running 0 30 15 28 51 German Quiroga Jr NET10 Wireless Toyota 139 $12,700 Running 0 29 16 29 81 David Starr Zachry Toyota 139 $13,750 Running 0 28 17 22 23 Jason White Gunbroker.com Ford 139 $13,650 Running 0 27 18 30 2 Tim George Jr Applebee’s Chevrolet 139 $13,550 Running 0 26 19 25 27 Jason Leffler TBA Chevrolet 138 $13,450 Running 0 25 20 8 9 Ron Hornaday Jr Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevrolet 138 $13,975 Running 0 24 21 24 84 Mario Gosselin Glenden Enterprises Chevrolet 138 $11,900 Running 0 23 22 20 1 Jake Crum BanditChippers.com Chevrolet 137 $10,650 Running 0 22 23 13 8 Max Gresham Made in U.S.A. brand Chevrolet 137 $10,525 Running 0 21 24 26 7 Jeff Agnew Wear Your Gear / BOBBER.info Chevrolet 136 $11,225 Running 0 20 25 3 3 Ty Dillon Bass Pro Shops – Tracker Boats Chevrolet 135 $10,175 Running 0 19 26 36 25 Travis Miller Chevrolet 135 $9,825 Running 0 0 27 2 4 Kyle Larson Ganassi Earnhardt Racing Chevrolet 131 $9,625 Accident 48 19 28 16 29 Ryan Blaney Cooper Standard RAM 131 $9,425 Accident 0 16 29 35 57 Norm Benning Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet 131 $9,200 Running 0 15 30 34 93 Ryan Lynch Blank Hood.com Chevrolet 130 $9,000 Running 0 14 31 32 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Driven2Honor.org RAM 129 $8,450 Running 0 13 32 15 9 John Wes Townley Zaxby’s Toyota 118 $8,425 Running 0 12 33 33 99 Bryan Silas Rockingham Speedway Ford 43 $8,400 Accident 0 11 34 23 20 Dusty Davis Speedy Polish-Thunder Exhaust Toyota 28 $8,375 Clutch 0 10 35 27 38 Chris Jones RSS Racing Chevrolet 10 $8,350 Brakes 0 9 36 31 0 Blake Koch Driven2Honor.org Ford 3 $8,264 Transmission 0 0
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