The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season has come to an end and James Buescher would leave Homestead with the series highest honors.
Friday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway James Buescher was crowned the 212 Trucks Series champion as Cale Gale would cross the start finish line in a tight finish with Kyle Busch in the Ford Ecoboost 200. For Buescher the 2012 season began with a win in a different series but the victories kept going his way. The championship win Friday would be the first championship in Buescher’s NASCAR career.
For Buescher the championship race was a nail-biter until the end.
“It definitely was a nail-biter down to the end,” said Buescher after the race. “We were in range of being the champion for most of the race, and one of the late restarts there Ty got a good jump on the field and was making a charge for the lead it looked like. But I was doing everything I could to keep our Great Clips Chevy going forward.”
The Trucks Series title would also give Turner Motorsports, Buescher’s team, their first NASCAR championship and for the champion is a stress-free celebration.
“Couldn’t be more proud of this team, and now we get to stress-free celebrate,” said Buescher.
After starting off winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series opener at Daytona, Buescher would pass his success over to the Trucks series by posting four wins in the season at Kansas, Chicago and sweeping the races at Kentucky.
For Ty Dillon his championship hopes were dashed away after having contact with Kyle Larson with three laps to go. Both driver would hit the wall in turn four and Ryan Blaney would also get caught in the collision. The race would be red flagged for more than ten minutes.
Despite not winning the Trucks Series title Dillon did win Rookie of the Year honors, and he is proud of the season he had.
“Yeah, we had a wonderful season. I couldn’t really ask for much more besides a championship in our rookie year,” said Dillon post race. “I’m real proud of what my team was able to accomplish, and everything they put into it until the last seconds of the race there.”
As for his title hopes going away after the contact with Larson, Dillon mentions that he is okay and there will be a chance at the championship next year.
“I’m all right with everything that played out, it’s just we were going for it and almost had it,” said Dillon. “We were trying to hit the home run in the bottom of the ninth and almost did it. It bounced off the wall. But that’s all right, we’ll be back next year and we’ll be fighting harder than ever, and we’ll be hoisting that trophy next year.”
Fellow championship contender Timothy Peters would fall short of the championship hunt despite his eighth place finish.
Friday night’s racer winner Cale Gale became the ninth different driver to win his first race and also the 16th different winner of the season. In order to capture his first win Gale went head to head with Kyle Busch on the final lap, pinning Busch to the wall.
Gale mentions he did what he did for the win, even if it’s not his style.
“It’s not my style,” said Gale after the race. “I race about as clean as anybody, you can ask anybody out there, nut when it comes down to the final straightaway to win at Homestead I the last race and your first NASCAR win, I believe anybody would do it.”
Kyle Busch, Joey Coulter, Nelson Piquet Jr., Miguel Paludo, Johnny Sauter, Parker Kligerman, Timothy Peters, Justin Lofton, and Ross Chastain rounded out the top ten.
Before the race Buescher went in as the points leader with 11 points ahead of Timothy Peters and 12 points ahead of Dillon. He would end up winning the title with six points ahead of Peters, Dillon would end up fourth in the points behind teammate Coulter. Coulter would finish 19 points behind Buescher and Dillon with 24 points behind.