Buescher Wins First of Season

James Buescher

Buescher became the 10th different winner this season. (Photo: Getty Images)


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BROOKLYN, Mich. - James Buescher was trying to move into second place when he suddenly found himself in the lead.

Buescher’s third-to-first pass - motoring by Kyle Busch and Brendan Gaughan - with four laps to go gave him the win in Saturday’s Michigan National Guard 200.

Kyle Busch placed second with Ty Dillon rallying to finish third after a slow pit stop. Joey Logano was fourth and Miguel Paludo completed the top five in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Gaughan fell to eighth.

Busch led 33 laps, but Buescher slipped by on the inside on Lap 97.

“Got passed, got beat,’’ Busch said. “Just hate finishing second, but it happens over and over.’’

Buescher said he was looking to make a move on Gaughan for second when he saw an opening to take the lead.

“Kyle went down to throw a block and he got loose entering as low as he did,’’ Buescher said. “I stayed committed and kept my foot on the throttle and came out the other end in front of the both.’’

Buescher said he barely made it through. He said he could feel the front bumper of one of those trucks hitting his back bumper.

“I was clear enough and we got the trophy,’‘ Buescher said after his first win of the season and fifth of his career.

He also got to celebrate with three-week-old son Stetson, making the victory extra meaningful.

Dillon viewed his third-place run as a victory, rallying from a slow pit stop. His result snapped a three-race streak where he finished no better than 16th.

“We’ve had fast trucks like this and haven’t gotten the finishes like we needed,’’ Dillon said. “Getting a top-three finish is good for our effort. We’re going to win some of these. We’re so fast.’’

Dillon was running second and points leader Matt Crafton was third when the caution came out on Lap 57 for debris. Dillon had a slow pit stop when the team struggled with the left side. Crafton was penalized because a tire got away from his team in the pit box. Dillon restarted 14th, Crafton 17th.

Crafton finished ninth. Even though he’s scored a top-10 finish in all 12 races this season, he wasn’t pleased after the race.

“We definitely had a better truck than what we finished,’’ he said. “You had to have track position. It was everything. Bad day.’’

Despite the finish, Crafton holds a 51-point lead on Jeb Burton after Saturday’s race. Buescher is 52 points behind Crafton.

Ryan Blaney, who entered the race third in the points, fell to eighth after wrecking on the opening lap and finishing last in the 32-truck field.

Blaney, who won at Pocono two weeks ago, crashed wrecked after contact with Darrell Wallace Jr.

Blaney walked away from his truck and gestured toward Wallace when Wallace came by.

“I just got turned left on,’’ Blaney said. “I heard it just looked like he turned left and spun us into the inside wall.’’

Wallace later said he had radio problems and wasn’t aware of Blaney’s position.

“I was sick to my stomach when I saw that,’’ Wallace said. “It sounds like I’m making excuses, but I didn’t hear anything.’’

Blaney wasn’t the only one with troubles early.

Max Gresham spun in front of Johnny Sauter, who slowed and was hit from behind by Wallace to bring out the caution on Lap 27.

“Nothing I could do,’’ Sauter radioed his team. (We had the) truck to beat today guys. I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry. I’m speechless.’’

The incident marked the fifth consecutive race Sauter has finished outside the top 10. He finished 20th

Said Wallace, who finished 21st: “Didn’t know anybody was spinning until the last minute and ran into (Sauter) and it collected us. Just unfortunate.’’


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