2012 Was A Great Year For Turner Motorsports

By Christy Valdez
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

For Turner Motorsports the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season was their best season to date.

In what was one of the series most historic seasons, Turner Motorsports stood out from the competition with its three driver team. With Nelson Piquet Jr., James Buescher, and Miguel Paludo behind the wheel of the No.30, 31 and 32 trucks, each driver helped the organization reach goals that most teams look for.

Since the start of the season at Daytona to the season finale at Homestead, Turner Motorsports captured several accomplishments through the year.

As soon as the season was over Turner Motorsports left Homestead-Miami Speedway with the Owners Championship in the Truck Series along with Buescher as the new Truck Series champion. Along with the championships all season longer the team ended the season with all three drivers within the top-10 in the points.

Throughout the season Buescher and Piquet together won six out of the 22 races in the schedule. Buescher the eventual champion won four races, at Kansas, Chicago, and both Kentucky races. Piquet took the checkered flag at Michigan and Las Vegas. As a team Turner Motorsports took two consecutive races with the wins at Kentukcy and Las Vegas.

During qualifying sessions both Paludo and Piquet won poles. Paludo began Turner Motorsports strongest season with the pole at Daytona for the season opener and Piquet took four poles, the most of any driver in the 2012 season. Piquet’s four poles were at Rockingham, Pocono, Texas and Phoenix.

Together Buescher, Paludo, and Piquet each dominated in several races whether they took home the win or not, several of those races were either driver started in the pole on won the race. Turner Motorsports led the most laps at the races in Daytona, Rockingham, Kansas, both Kentucky races, Pocono, Iowa, and Texas.

Along with their truck races, all three drivers raced in several of the Nationwide Series races, with Buescher capturing the win at Daytona and Piquet at Road America.

At the end of the season along with the owner championship for the team and the driver championship with Buescher, Piquet took several awards for the 2012 season. During the truck series banquet Piquet took the awards for most poles, most improved driver, and was voted by the fans as the most popular driver in the series.

Going into a new season Turner Motorsports will be looking to continue their success in the Truck Series after all of their accomplishments in 2012.

Christy Valdez is a member of the NASCAR Media. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy 

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