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Trucks: Buescher wins caution-strewn Kentucky

James Buescher took point for the restart, and once installed in the lead he showed no signs of giving it up for the rest of the evening, not even when the seventh and final caution of the night came out on lap 108 for an accident for Jason White wrecking in the wall that put the race under caution for four laps.

After that it was clean sailing all the way to the finish for Buescher, who pulled away from Coulter, Dillon and Scott at the restart. They were joined by Parker Kligerman, who despite his spin on lap 81 had wasted no time storming his way back through the field and who emerged as the only real challenge to Buescher in the final laps, although ultimately he would fall short by over a second by the time the two-hour race finally reached its conclusion.

"We were so loose on restarts it really stopped us from stamping our authority," said Kligerman, who added that fuel stops had helped him get back to the front after his spin. "I tried to force the issue and spun out. From there, we were in recovery mode and passed a bunch of trucks on the restart. From there, we just tried to chase down the 31, and just came up a little short."

Having fulfilled his obligation to save some fuel under that final caution, the only other thing that could have upset Buescher's country cruise to the line was the weather, with forecasts suggesting that rain could play a factor. In the end, the skies cleared and the rain stayed away, and Buescher was able to celebrate in victory lane at Kentucky for the second time this year.

"I wouldn't say it was a dominating performance like the last time we were here," he conceded correctly. "But I think we led the most laps and dominated anyway," he said. It was all the more impressive given that Buescher had been under the weather with a mild dose of 'flu over the last three days.

Behind Kligerman, Ty Dillon came home in third place which means that he retains his lead in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings albeit by just 4pts over the rapidly closing Buescher, who will be hoping that he continue his run of form on the intermediate tracks with next week's outing at Las Vegas.

"We've won four races with the same truck and now we're going to dust it off and take it to another mile-and-a-half," said Buescher, with his eyes clearly set on not just another intermediate victory in seven days time but also wresting the lead of the series from Dillon in the process if he possible can, with just six races remaining in the 2012 season.

Full race results, plus qualifying and practice speeds and full Truck Series championship standings are available.




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