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Trucks: Buescher dominates sweltering Kentucky

James Buescher became the first repeat winner of 2012 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, with a dominant display in the UNOH 225 race in Kentucky on Thursday evening.
James Buescher found his way back to victory lane in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the second time in a little over two month, after a dominant display at the 1.5-mile tri-oval Kentucky Speedway on Thursday night.

He'd known from early on that he was on for a good night, even finding the oppressive 100 degree Fahrenheit weather to his liking while it left others flagging. "I'm from Texas," he explained. "I'm ready for the heat all summer long.

"We unloaded a little bit off and made some changes right away in practice this morning, and the truck came to life pretty good," the Turner Motorsports driver continued. "I knew halfway through the first practice that we had a truck capable of running up front, possibly a truck capable of winning.

Starting from third place on the grid, Buescher didn't actually make it into the lead until the comparatively late lap 7, but after that was only ever out of it during pit stop cycles under cautions. In total he led 119 of the 150 laps of the race, including the final 43 in an uninterrupted run.

Polesitter Matt Crafton had led for all but one of the first 26 laps which included the first caution of the night coming out for an accident involving John Wes Townley at turn 3. A spin at the same place for Todd Bodine on lap 23 led to a restart that enabled Buescher to claim the race lead and after that control the race to the chequered flag.

There was a rapid return to yellow on lap 29 for a turn 2 accident involving Jake Crum and Ty Dillon, who was having to start from the back of the grid due to an engine change, after which there was green flag racing until lap 63 when Jeff Agnew went for a spin in turn 3.

Nelson Piquet Jr. was returning to Truck competition after his sensational win in last weekend's Nationwide Series race at Road America, but any hope of carrying on the momentum to his regular championship came to an end on lap 70 when he was involved in a three-car accident in turn 1 with Todd Bodine and Justin Lofton: Bodine had tried a move down the inside of Lofton, got loose and knocked Lofton into Piquet Jr.'s truck.

Bodine said that he'd caught Lofton so fast that he'd assumed the #6 was blowing up. "Obviously, he wasn't blowing up," he said, before criticising Lofton for not giving him more room. "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 was sent into the wall and out of the race; Bodine was also done for the night. But Lofton was able to continue after going a lap down in the pit lane for repairs and savaged a 14th place finished by the end, although it wasn't enough to stop Timothy Peters taking over the lead of the Truck championship, eight races into the 22 race season.




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