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Trucks: Buescher powers back to victory

James Buescher's race seemed comprehensively wrecked when he went two laps down for an enforced mid-race carburettor change, but he bounced back to win.
James Buescher was an unlikely winner of the American Ethanol 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday evening, after early problems with the car seemed to have wrecked any chance of a good result for the 22-year-old.

"We had issues early on where we kept losing power," explained Buescher, who hasd started the race from 11th position on the grid. "So we decided to pit, changed the carburettor - and the car came to life," he said. But he still faced a huge fightback to even get back on the lead lap, let alone finish in a decent position.

Polesitter Justin Lofton led for the first dozen races which included Miguel Paludo and Ron Hornaday Jr. surviving a coming together which had left Paludo bouncing off the wall, a caution for a spin by Bryan Silas on lap 8, and contact between Johnny Sauter and Nelson Piquet Jr. that hadn't caused a caution but had left Piquet's truck with enough damage to sent him to pit road for repairs that put him well off the lead lap.

After the restart it was Brendan Gaughan who was looking well on track to claim his first race win in the series in nearly ten years. He took to the front and then led through to green flag pit stops on lap 46, a sequence that saw Jason Leffler suffer when he missed his pit box that ended up putting him almost two laps off the lead. Leffler wasn't the only one struggling with his stops, with Todd Bodine and Ron Hornaday Jr. also having issues as the night wore on.

After that, a variety of people briefly popped to the front including Hornaday, Paludo, Parker Kligerman and Paulie Harraka. It was only when Gaughan took back the top spot again on lap 61 that the situation stabilised and he led the next 40 laps which included cautions for debris on lap 72, a solo spin for Jennifer Jo Cobb on lap 83 and an accident on the backstretch for Chris Fontaine just before lap 100.

It was during this period that Buescher's power problems and a tricky carburettor change forced him onto pit road and dropped him down to 22nd place, but he recovered one of his two laps with the lucky dog free pass on lap 110 when Joey Coulter spun. After that, it was a case of fighting as hard as possible to work his way through the traffic.

"We just had to pass 20 other trucks to win," laughed Buescher of the task that faced him and his team over the remaining 40 laps.

They had the help of two further cautions along the way, one for debris on lap 137 and a final one on lap 145 for polesitter Justin Lofton, who slammed into the outside wall at turn 4 with six laps remaining.

Gaughan had dropped out of the lead and down to sixth place during this phase after investing in a four-tyre pit stop, meaning that series rookie Ty Dillon emerged as the frontrunner. A brush with the wall for the youngster was enough to restore Gaughan to the lead just before a debris caution came out on lap 137, but Gaughan then botched the next restart with too much wheel spin, allowing series points leader Timothy Peters to take to the front




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James Buescher, driver of the #31 Fresh from Florida Gulf Seafood Chevrolet, drives to a win during the NASCAR Camping World Series American Ethanol 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 21, 2012, in Joliet, Ill. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Darrell Wallace, Jr., driver of the #34 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Wendell Scott Toyota, and Timothy Peters, driver of the #17 Red Horse Racing Toyota, lead the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway on October 25, 2014 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Sarah Glenn/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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Darrell Wallace, Jr., driver of the #34 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Wendell Scott Toyota, leads Ben Kennedy, driver of the #31 Heater.com Chevrolet, during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway on October 24, 2014 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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