James Buescher Grabs His First Win of the Year At Michigan

By Christy Valdez
Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion James Buescher is back to his winning ways after racing at Michigan.

Buescher made his return to victory lane when he won the Michigan National Guard 200 at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday. With three laps to go the defending champion managed to pass Kyle Busch to capture his first win of the season. The win at Michigan is also Buescher’s fifth career Truck Series win.

After battling out for the lead with three laps to go Busch crossed the finish line in second followed by Ty Dillon, Joey Logano and Miguel Paludo.

The race at Michigan has given Buescher the opportunity to return back to his winning ways since he had been winless since his championship season in 2012. The weekend at Michigan not only gave Buescher his first win of 2013, but it also helped him move up within the points, gaining one spot up to third.

Michigan ended up being the race to provide plenty of movement within the point standings. Along with Buescher many other drivers ended up having a good day in the points moving up a couple of spots. Dillon, Paludo and Timothy Peters had the points scenario to their advantage.

Meanwhile, other drivers such as Ryan Blaney, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Johnny Sauter lost some ground in the points. Blaney went into Michigan as the most recent race winner with the win at Pocono, but ended up losing five spots in the points falling down to eighth.

Heading out of Michigan it will be a short week for the Truck Series drivers as they will return back to action on Wednesday at Bristol. For the drivers gaining some momentum at Michigan, they will hope to keep it going into Bristol, while others will hope to turn things around at the World’s Fastest Half Mile.

Christy Valdez is a NASCAR writer for Rant Sports. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy

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