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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)
James Buescher, driver of the #31 Fresh from Florida Gulf Seafood Chevrolet, celebrates winning the NASCAR Camping World Series American Ethanol 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 21, 2012, in Joliet, Ill. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS finished in 26th position and Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 Dow Chevrolet SS finished in 13th position Sunday, October 19, 2014 in the final Contender 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama. Gordon, who was in the Chase, advances to the Eliminator 8 phase of the Chase which begins next week at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Timothy Peters, driver of the #17 Red Horse Racing Toyota, poses in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Fred`s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway on October 18, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo Credit: Mike Ehrmann/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Timothy Peters, driver of the #17 Red Horse Racing Toyota, hugs Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the #54 ToyotaCare Toyota, after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Fred`s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway on October 18, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Trucks race during the NASCAR Camping World Series Fred`s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway on October 18, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo Credit: Tom Pennington/NASCCAR via Getty Images)
Timothy Peters, driver of the #17 Red Horse Racing Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Camping World Series Fred`s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway on October 18, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Timothy Peters, driver of the #17 Red Horse Racing Toyota, leads the field at the end of the NASCAR Camping World Series Fred`s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway on October 18, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo Credit: Mike Ehrmann/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Tayler Malsam, driver of the #32 Outerwall Chevrolet, leads a pack of trucks during the NASCAR Camping World Series Fred`s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway on October 18, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo Credit: Mike Ehrmann/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Mason Mingus, driver of the #15 811 Call Before You Dig Chevrolet, Korbin Forrister, driver of the #07 McNair McLemore Midlebrooks & Co LLC Chevrolet, Ron Hornaday Jr., driver of the #9 Armour Vienna Sausage/Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet, and Ryan Sieg, driver of the #39 Pull-A-Part Used Auto Parta Chevrolet, are involved in an on track incident during the NASCAR Camping World Series Fred`s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway on October 18, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Tyler Reddick, driver of the #19 DrawTite Ford, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Fred`s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 17, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Tyler Reddick, driver of the #19 DrawTite Ford, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Fred`s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 17, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Tyler Reddick at Rockingham. (Photo Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Tyler Reddick in the #19 Brad Keselowski Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry. (Photo Credit: Getty Images for NASCAR)
Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the #54 ToyotaCare Toyota, drives during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Fred`s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 17, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Ben Kennedy, driver of the #31 Heater.com Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Fred`s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 17, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Ben Kennedy in the #31 Turner Scott Motorsport NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry. (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)
The #31 Turner Scott Motorport NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry driven by Ben Kennedy. (Photo Credit: Getty Images for NASCAR)

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