James Buescher dominated the truck race last night at Kentucky Speedway and as a result, he pulled into victory lane for the second time this season. Buescher started third and made his way up to the front quickly. For his team owner, Steve Turner, this was the second straight week one of his drivers has pulled into the victory lane. Last week in the Nationwide Series at Road America, Nelson Piquet Jr won his first Nationwide race.
The first caution didn’t take long to come out, on lap 16 Jon Wes Townley spun going into turn three and backed his truck hard into the outside wall. A lot of damage to the truck caused him to retire early, he finished 32nd. On lap 22, Todd Bodine got loose in the middle of turn three and spun out right in the middle of the field, amazingly no one hit him and the caution came out. On the following restart, James Buescher was on the bottom of a three-wide battle with Matt Crafton and Justin Lofton and Buescher came out of turn two with the lead.
A lap later, the caution came out for the No.01 of Jake Crum who spun and backed into the turn two wall, he went onto finish 31st. After a decent size green-flag run, the No.07 of Jeff Agnew spun out to bring the caution out. The next yellow-flag came out on lap 69 when Todd Bodine dived down into turn one and then went three wide with Justin Lofton and Nelson Piquet Jr. Bodine couldn’t hold his truck down on the bottom of the track and he spun up into Lofton who tagged Piquet Jr and all three of them hit the wall. Lofton was able to continue and he finished 14th but Bodine and Piquet Jr were out of the race.
Bodine said that he thought “Justin (Lofton) was blowing up” so he dived down under him. Bodine would finish 28th and Piquet Jr finished 29th. On lap 80 Buescher was the leader followed by; Coulter, Crafton, Hornaday Jr and Kligerman. The next caution didn’t come out until lap 110 when Kyle Larson in the No.4 spun up into the No.33 of Cale Gale and they both spun. Parker Kligerman in the No.22 also hit the wall. Gale would also get into the inside wall and cause significant damage. Gale finished 25th, Larson 10th and Kligerman 19th.
That would be the final caution of the night and James Buescher would lead the final laps and then cross the finish line first for the second time of the season. He won at Kansas in April. Buescher was afraid that in the closing laps something was going to go wrong when he said “In the closing laps I was thinking what is going to go wrong in these closing laps, something always does.” Nothing went wrong for Buescher tonight and the result showed.
Brad Keselowski finished second after passing Crafton and Dillon in the closing laps. Kyle Larson was racing in his first truck race and he did very well, he made it through a few accidents and ended up in tenth. Before the race, Lofton was the point’s leader but after getting involved in an accident, Timothy Peters took over the points lead. James Buescher is building up momentum for the summer run. If he keeps up his winning ways, Buescher will be a championship threat again this year. The next race for the Camping World Truck Series is in Iowa on July 14th for showdown under the lights.
Results via Nascar.com
|1||3||31||James Buescher||Chevrolet||Exide Batteries||48/5||150||Running|
|2||17||119||Brad Keselowski||Ram||Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation||0||150||Running|
|3||4||3||Ty Dillon *||Chevrolet||Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats||42/1||150||Running|
|4||1||88||Matt Crafton||Toyota||Menards / Great Lakes Wood Floors||41/1||150||Running|
|5||7||17||Timothy Peters||Toyota||Red Horse Racing||39/0||150||Running|
|6||6||13||Johnny Sauter||Toyota||Hot Honeys / Curb Records||38/0||150||Running|
|8||18||18||Jason Leffler||Toyota||Dollar General||36/0||150||Running|
|9||11||9||Ron Hornaday||Chevrolet||Hollywood Casino||35/0||150||Running|
|10||25||4||Kyle Larson||Chevrolet||Chip Ganassi Racing Teams Mobile App||34/0||150||Running|
|12||5||32||Miguel Paludo||Chevrolet||Duroline Brakes and Components||32/0||150||Running|
|13||26||98||Dakoda Armstrong *||Toyota||EverFi.com||31/0||150||Running|
|16||29||39||Ryan Sieg||Chevrolet||RSS Racing||28/0||150||Running|
|17||23||5||Paulie Harraka *||Ford||Wauters Motorsports||27/0||150||Running|
|20||36||84||Chris Fontaine||Chevrolet||Glenden Enterprises||24/0||148||Running|
|21||33||275||Caleb Holman *||Chevrolet||Food Country USA||23/0||147||Running|
|22||31||214||Brennan Newberry||Chevrolet||NTS / IronClad Performance||22/0||147||Running|
|24||15||2||Tim George Jr.||Chevrolet||Applebee’s||20/0||143||Running|
|25||9||33||Cale Gale *||Chevrolet||Rheem||19/0||140||Running|
|26||28||99||Bryan Silas *||Ford||Advantage / Rockingham Speedway||19/1||134||Running|
|27||30||07||Jeff Agnew||Chevrolet||Wear Your Gear / http://www.Bobber .info||17/0||104||Vibration|
|28||13||11||Todd Bodine||Toyota||Toyota Care||16/0||69||Accident|
|29||2||30||Nelson Piquet Jr.||Chevrolet||Magic Brazil||15/0||68||Accident|
|30||19||24||Max Gresham *||Chevrolet||Made in USA Brand||14/0||63||Engine|
|31||20||101||Jake Crum||Chevrolet||Bandit Chippers||13/0||27||Accident|
|32||22||09||John Wes Townley *||Toyota||Toyota||12/0||16||Accident|
|33||14||08||Ross Chastain *||Toyota||South Carolina Watermelon Association||11/0||7||Engine|
|34||35||27||C E Falk||Chevrolet||Hillman Racing||10/0||6||Handling|
|35||27||93||Dennis Setzer||Chevrolet||RSS Racing||9/0||4||Transmission|
|36||32||186||Scott Riggs||Chevrolet||Clay Greenfield Motorsports||0||3||Overheating|