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Trucks: Buescher crowned champion after Gale win

"I can tell you right now coming off four that's not my driving style, but it's my first chance to taste NASCAR victory lane, and I know it's Kyle Busch, and I don't get opportunities like this very often.

"I had to take it while I could," the 27-year-old from Mobile, South Alabama added. "I knew that if I could pinch him a little bit, I could get the advantage, and pretty much that's [all] I was thinking at that point ... It's just a dream come true for all of us."

Joey Coulter finished third behind this excitement ahead of Nelson Piquet Jr. and Miguel Paludo. With Dillon out of the picture and Timothy Peters only running in eighth place at the finish, Buescher was able to take his foot off the gas and cruise to the title by ending the Ford EcoBoost 200 in 13th place.

"It was close. Ty was giving us a run for it ... I just about went in the fence myself, but I held it together and everything came our way," said Buescher afterwards.

"It wasn't pretty," he admitted. "It was a little messy, but we did it." And no matter how the final race had played out, it didn't take the shine off the 22-year-old Texan's thrill of being the new Truck Series champion: "This is definitely the coolest thing I've ever done in racing," he said.

For his part, Peters was resigned to missing out on the title this year and already setting his sights on 2013. ""You have to lose one of these to win one. We lost it, so next year hopefully we're on the other side of the spectrum."

In the end, Buescher's margin of victory in the championship was just six points over Peters who finished as the runner-up. Coulter's strong finish at Homestead means he leapfrogs Ty Dillon for third place in the final standings, with Kligerman and Crafton rounding out the top six in the points ahead of Nelson Piquet Jr.

And with that, the Truck Series vehicles were being loaded back onto the haulers, their work for the year over and done, and not due back in competition again for another three months - when the 2013 season will get underway at Daytona International Speedway in February.

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




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