James Buescher Wins Inaugural Camping World Truck Series Pole

James Buescher
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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be making its return to road course racing this Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. So far in practice and qualifying, the trucks look wonderful on the fast ten-turn circuit, and the mix of road course talent is blending well with NASCAR’s best.

The driver that has surprised me the most has actually been polesitter James Buescher. Despite not being considered road course savvy or even in the final group of qualifying, Buescher and his Turner-Scott Motorsports team made the right adjustments, and as a result he will lead the field to the green Sunday afternoon, on what should be one of the best events of the season.

It also marks an interesting possible shift in the title fight between Buescher and Matt Crafton. Despite the calendar winding down, Crafton does not have a road course background, so if any ground is going to be gained, it will be this week. He will start thirteenth.

Buescher gained two spots over Jeb Burton and Ty Dillon at Bristol Motor Speedway. Crafton’s points lead stands at 49 points, but the entire dynamic of the championship can change in a heartbeat if Crafton fails to finish.

The cream really did rise to the top in qualifying today with none of the favorites qualifying towards the back. Chad Hackenbackt will start eighth with Max Papis alongside in seventh. Miguel Paludo will round off the top five in fifth and I personally think he can contend for the win. The same goes for Mike Skeen, who will start his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from the third spot.

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