James Buescher earned his second Camping World Truck Series victory Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway. His first career victory in the trucks occured at Kansas, just three races ago.
Following a restart with 36 laps to go in the UNOH 225, Buescher pulled away from Austin Dillon and Brad Keselowski and drove on to give Turner Motorsports their third victory this season. Keselowski passed Dillon with two laps to go to finish in second position.
Dillon came home third after leading the race briefly after a two-tire pit stop under caution. Buescher was able to regain the top spot shortly after a restart on Lap 108, dominating to lead a total of 119 of 150 laps.
Dillon came home third, followed by pole-sitter Matt Crafton and Timothy Peters. With a fifth place finish coupled with misfortune for Justin Lofton, Peters was able to take over the points lead. Johnny Sauter, who bounced from a pit road penalty, finished in 6th position. Joey Coulter, Jason Leffler, Ron Hornaday and Kyle Larson finished out the top 10.
"I think this race especially -- both the Truck wins we have were won in the shop," Buescher said. "This is the third time I've raced this truck, the second time I've gone to Victory Lane with it... The truck was phenomenal."
On Lap 69 a three-truck accident involving two-time CWTS champion Todd Bodine, Lofton and Nelson Piquet Jr. put Lofton's points lead up for grabs. Bodine had a strong run in Turn 1 and dived beneath Lofton on the inside. Bodine's truck broke loose and pushed Lofton's truck in Piquet, causing him to slam into the outside wall. Bodine placed the blame on Lofton for not giving him enough room.
"He's got plenty of room outside -- he's got to learn to give some space here. When you get that close and that tight on somebody, you're just taking all their air, and there's absolutely nothing you can do about it."
Piquet and Bodine were forced to retire from the race at that point. Lofton was able to salvage a 14th place finish, after getting a wave around under caution on Lap 102.
Peters leaves Kentucky with a four-point lead over both Lofton and Dillon, with Buescher in fourth place, nine points back.
CWTS standings after 8 of 22 races
1. Timothy Peters
2. Justin Lofton, -4
3. Austin Dillon R, -4
4. James Buescher, -9
5. Parker Kligerman, -34
6. Matt Crafton, -42
7. Joey Coulter, -50
8. Ron Hornaday, -53
9. Nelson Piquet Jr., -57
10. Miguel Paludo, -75
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