For the fourth time in 2012, and the second time this season in Kentucky, it was James Buescher who ended up in Victory Lane when all was said and done.
Fighting back a flu bug, 22 year old Buescher dominated Friday night's Kentucky 201, leading 64 of the race's 134 laps. Though he admitted it was as commanding as his last win in the blue grass state, when he led all but 31 laps, it was still a great night for himself and his Turner Motorsports team.
“We've won four races with the same truck and now we're going to dust it off and take it to another mile-and-a-half,” Buescher said in Victory Lane, talking about next week's race in Vegas.
The win, coupled with Timothy Peters' lap 54 wreck which saw him finish 21st, moves Buescher into second in points, four points behind Ty Dillon, who finished third.
“It was a great race, I thought,” Dillon said after the race. “We just needed a little bit more speed for the 31 [Buescher].”
Parker Kligerman ran in the top five most of the night, and despite spinning on lap 80 while racing John
Wes Townley for third, battled his way back to finish second.
“I tried to force the issue and spun out,” the Red Horse Racing driver said of the spin. “From there, we were in recovery mode and passed a bunch of trucks on the restart. From there, we just tried to chase down the 31, and just came up a little short.”
Fifth in points Joey Coulter, who started on pole, finished fourth and Nationwide Series regular Brian Scott finished fifth for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
Johnny Sauter finished in the top ten for the second week in a row, coming home sixth, with Justin Lofton coming home seventh. Buescher's Turner Motorsports teammate Miguel Paludo ended the night eighth, Matt Crafton ninth and Townley in fifth.
Last week's young winner Ryan Blaney ended his Kentucky debut in 11-th.
Next Saturday night the Camping World Truck Series hits the track at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Coverage for the Smith's 350 begins at 8 pm Eastern time on SPEED.
Thanks to NASCAR on SPEED, NASCAR.com and Racing Reference for the quotes, statistics and information used in this piece.