Buescher Stops Busch In Michigan Truck Battle
BROOKLYN, Mich. – James Buescher made a daring three-wide pass for the lead with four laps left and held on to win Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Michigan National Guard 200 at Michigan Int’l Speedway.
Buescher was running in fourth position behind the lead pack of Busch, Miguel Paludo and Brendan Gaughan when the final caution flag of the race waved with 10 laps left for debris from the damaged machine of Brett Moffitt. That set up a six-lap dash to the finish.
Busch got a solid restart and was able to push clear of second-place Paludo coming down the backstretch at the two-mile oval. Gaughan, who restarted directly behind Busch on the outside, followed in his tire tracks.
With four to go Buescher was up to third and made a run at second-place Gaughan entering turn three. While Buescher and Gaughan were side-by-side Busch got loose and drifted to the high side, opening the door for Buescher to take the lead at the exit of turn four.
Busch briefly fell into a battle with Gaughan and Paludo for second, but quickly dispatched of both drivers and set his sights on Buescher. Try as he might, he couldn’t get close enough to make a move on the defending series champion. Buescher ended up beating Busch to the finish line by .547 of a second to earn his first series victory of 2013.
“I’ve got to thank everybody on this team. They never give up,” said Buescher, who led only the final four laps of the 100-lap event. “Happy to get back to victory lane. I knew yesterday we had a shot at it, but man the first half of this race was tough. We couldn’t catch any breaks and couldn’t get into position where we wanted to be.
“We got the balance right and figured out where I needed to position myself to make passes. It was entering turn three. The last five guys I passed was entering turn three and finished it off turn four.”
Busch finished second for the fourth time in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition at Michigan Int’l Speedway.
“(It’s) never fun unless you win,” Busch said plainly. “I don’t know. The ToyotaCare Tundra was great today. Really, really fast. I don’t know where Buescher came from. He got by us, passed us, beat us. That’s all there is to it.”
Ty Dillon recovered from problems on pit road earlier in the day to finish third. Joey Logano and Paludo completed the top five.
Jeb Burton, who reset the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series track record during qualifying earlier in the day, led 41 laps and finished 10th.