With sparks flying as the two trucks raced to the finish line, Cale Gale beat Kyle Busch by .014 seconds to win Friday night’s Ford EcoBoost 200 Camping World Truck Series race at Homestead-Miami.
Behind the dramatic race to the checkers, James Buescher rolled to his first series championship, securing the title with a 13th-place run.
In a championship battle that generated little drama until the closing laps — when rookie Ty Dillon made a move — Buescher drove a methodical race en route to the championship. After Dillon wrecked with two laps left in regulation distance, Buescher finished six points ahead of series runner-up Timothy Peters, who ran eighth Friday.
Joey Coulter finished third, followed by Nelson Piquet Jr. and Miguel Paludo.
Gale claimed the first victory of his career in a green-white-checkered-flag finish that took the race six laps beyond its scheduled distance of 134 laps.
Buescher started 17th, 14 spots behind Dillon (who entered the race 12 points behind the leader), but the driver of the No. 31 Chevrolet moved briskly toward the front, working his way up to eighth by the time debris from Bryan Silas’ contact with the outside wall in Turn 4 caused the second caution on Lap 43.
Buescher had dropped to 12th, the last car on the lead lap, when NASCAR called the third caution on Lap 104, again for debris. He held that spot after pit stops under the yellow and gained one spot to 11th before Max Gresham’s spin with 10 laps left brought out caution No. 4.
After a restart on Lap 130, Dillon charged into second place, 11 positions ahead of Buescher, but contact between the trucks of Kyle Larson and Dillon wrecked both as they fought for second and also collected the Dodge of Ryan Blaney.
Buescher pitted for tires after a 10-minute, 40-second stoppage and came home 13th after the two-lap sprint to the finish.
1. Cale Gale (R)
2. Kyle Busch
3. Joey Coulter
4. Nelson Piquet Jr.
5. Miguel Paludo
6. Johnny Sauter
7. Timothy Peters
8. Parker Kligerman
9. Justin Lofton
10. Ross Chastain (R)
Final CWTS standings
1. James Buescher
2. Timothy Peters, -6
3. Joey Coulter, -19
4. Ty Dillon (R), -24
5. Parker Kligerman, -30
6. Matt Crafton, -49
7. Nelson Piquet Jr., -61
8. Justin Lofton, -98
9. Johnny Sauter, -130
10. Miguel Paludo, -140
NASCAR Wire Service, photo courtesy of NASCARmedia.com
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