James Buescher may be the reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, but he is getting one step closer to a possible repeat.
Buescher captured the win at the Fan Appreciation 200 at Iowa Speedway when he took the lead in the race’s second attempt at a green-white-checkered finish. The win at Iowa gave the defending champion his second win of the season and second win throughout the last four races.
Heading out of Iowa, Buescher moves into second place within the point standings and cuts the gap between him and points leader Matt Crafton to 37 points.
Pole-sitter Ross Chastin finished in second, followed by Ty Dillon, Johnny Sauter and Darrell Wallace Jr. to close out the top five.
The race at Iowa was the first following all of the drama from the Trucks Series last race, a visit to the road course in Canada. With the outcome from the race in Canada, much of the focus prior to the green flag at Iowa was on many of the drivers within the brawls from the road course. Much of the drama may have carried over to Iowa, but it didn’t have much part in the outcome at Iowa.
For Chastin, the race at Iowa gave him one of his best races, as he not only started on the pole, but also led for 116 laps. He could have been the race winner, as he looked like he was on his way to his first win of the year, but came close after finishing in second.
Moving ahead, it seems as everything that happened in the road course race will now stay behind, and with seven races remaining until a champion is crowned, only time will tell if Crafton will be able to maintain his points lead, or if Buescher can repeat.