Brendan Gaughan may have dominated the race, and Timothy Peters may have made a dramatic late race move to win the race. But it was James Buescher who battled adversity to collect his third Camping World Truck Series race of the year.
After Jennifer Jo Cobb spun and brought out a caution on lap 82 of Saturday night's American Ethanol 225, Buescher and his No. 31 team took the time to change a carburetor and fell two laps down.
While Buescher battled his way back onto the lead lap, Gaughan, in a Richard Childress entry, dominated up front. Gaughan took the lead on lap 12 and would lead three times for 83 laps.
Gaughan was the leader with just ten laps to go, but after spinning his tires lost the top spot to points leader Timothy Peters. With only seven to go, though, Buescher took the lead and a caution flew for Justin Lofton.
The field took the green flag with just two laps to go, and Buescher and Peters were side by side the entire lap, with Peters finally edging past the Turner Motorsports driver. But when Peters moved up the track to block a hard charging Gaughan, Buescher took advantage and left both behind to take the victory at Chicagoland.
“It was frustrating early on,” Buescher said in Victory Lane about his carburetor issues. “But it's kind of the motto we've had all year, 'never give up.' These guys never quit.”
Gaughan was able to take second from Peters on the final lap. ThorSport's Matt Crafton came home fourth,and Parker Kligerman rounded out the top five.
“We did the right thing, used the right strategy and padded our points lead,” Peters said after his third place finish. “You can't ask for much more than that-- other than winning.”
Eddie Sharp's Cale Gale finished sixth, his third top ten of the year, followed by Ron Hornaday and Jason Leffter in seventh and eighth. Jason White collected his fourth top ten of the season, his first since finishing sixth back in Charlotte in May.
David Starr, who made his 300th career Camping World Truck Series start at Chicagoland came home 10th,
Ty Dillon finished outside the top ten for the first time this season, crossing the finish line 12th on Saturday night. Despite his worst finish of the year Dillon moved into second in points, 23 points behind Peters.
Todd Bodine finished 18th in his 200th career Truck Series start. Bodine also became the first driver in NASCAR to have 200 starts in the Camping World Truck, Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series.
Next up for the Camping World Truck Series is the Pocono Mountains 125 at the Pocono Raceway on August 4th. Coverage of the race begins at 12:30 pm ET on SPEED.
Thanks to NASCAR on SPEED, NASCAR.com, Racing Reference, the USA Today and the Chicago Sun-Timesfor the quotes, statistics, information and the photo used in this piece.