James Buescher wins the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol 225 at Chicagoland Speedway. Justin Lofton won the pole for the race earlier in the day, started the race and proceeded to lead the first 13 laps of the race. Justin led on two other occasions for the second most laps of the race (24). Brendan Gaughan was strong from the start passing Justin under green on lap 13 and led the race until lap 105 with the exception of during green flag pit stops. Brendan Gaughan led 83 of the 150 laps, the most of any driver.
James Buescher qualified for the race 11th. During the race James said his car seemed to lose power. James and his crew chief, Steve Turner decided that they would take a chance and change the carburetor in hopes of salvaging a decent finish. On lap 81, James pitted the No. 31 Fresh from Florida Gulf Seafood Chevrolet and the team changed the carburetor. The team performed flawlessly, changing it in three minutes and twelve seconds. During the change he only fell two laps down.
When he went back out on the track James definitely noticed that it was a little better. ”We had issues early on where we kept losing power, so we decided to pit, changed the carburetor and the car came to life,” Buescher said. “From there, it was a matter of getting our laps back and going forward from there.” In fact he was able to drive back to only one lap down. When the caution came out on lap 107 for debris he received the lucky dog and was back on the lead lap. At this point of the race he was driving as hard as he could to get the best finish possible. James was up to fourth place with 20 laps to go with a real strong truck.
The restart of the second to last caution was a wild one between Brendan Gaughan, Timothy Peters and James Buescher. Brendan Gaughan spun the tires on the restart at lap 141 and James Buescher ended up side by side with Timothy Peters and got the lead on lap 143. He had the race in hand only to see the caution flag fly again when the pole sitter Justin Lofton hits the wall. On the restart, with two laps to go, James and Timothy swap the leads back and forth with James taking the white flag. Although he only led six laps of the race he lead the ones that counted the most and won the race. Brendan Gaughan was second, Timothy Peters third, Matt Crafton fourth and Parker Klingerman was fifth. Cale Gale was the highest finishing rookie. David Starr who started his 300th Truck race finished 10th.
This was James Buescher’s third Camping World Truck Series victory in 82 races and his first top ten finish in four races at Chicagoland Speedway.
Timothy Peters leads the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series by 23 points over Ty Dillon.
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