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Trucks: Buescher dominates sweltering Kentucky

Lofton's cause had been helped by a new caution on lap 102 when Tim George Jr. spun in turn 2 which allowed him to get his lap back through a wave-around. Ty Dillon was also helped by that caution, completing his recovery from earlier setbacks with a two-tyre-only stop to briefly lead the race at the restart before Buescher took command again.

Buescher never dropped position again, even when a new restart was needed following a three-car incident on lap 111 for Kyle Larson, Parker Kligerman and Cale Gale. Dillon looked set to retain second place but he finally succumbed to Brad Keselowski with two laps remaining and had to settle for third place, while Buescher ended with a comfortable 3.805s over the Sprint Cup regular who was driving for his own Truck Series team on Thursday.

"We just couldn't get the speed that we needed to get all the way to the front," Keselowski said. "Second is good, but I wanted to win so bad here."

As dominant as it looked from the outside, Buescher insisted that he'd been taking nothing as a foregone conclusion inside the truck.

"In the closing laps of the race I was just thinking, 'What is going to go wrong?' because something normally does," he said. "We had some good restarts," he added when asked what had sealed the win for him: "That's something I've worked on and tried to be pretty good at. It's the best opportunity pass in my eyes."

"For James to dominate like this, it's awesome," said Buescher's Truck team owner Steve Turner. "We feel like we've become dominant on a mile-and-a-half track."

Buescher and the team will get a chance to see whether they can translate that now-proven mid-distance oval success into something equally as effective for the shorter circuit, with the next Truck Series race on July 14 at the 0.875-mile Iowa Speedway.

Full race results, qualifying and practice times and championship positions are available.


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