James Buescher becomes Last Driver Standing: The DRIVE4COPD 300 Review

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 25: James Buescher, driver of the #30 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet, kisses wife Sandra in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 25, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

We got what we wanted.

Another great Daytona Nationwide event is in the books.

Thanks to a last turn wreck that took out the top 6 drivers James Buescher was able to steal a win. Buescher, a full time Truck Series driver making one of a handful of starts this year, was able to avoid a big crash that took out the likes of Tony Stewart, Ricky Stenhouse, Kurt Busch, and Kyle Busch. All drivers were okay.

Buescher is a talented driver, but his win is just as much a surprise as Trevor Bayne's Daytona 500 win last year.

Friday we saw Rookie John King win thanks to a last lap crash in the Camping World Series, again Saturday in the Nationwide Series with Buescher, and I was hoping to see another Rookie or young gun take home a dream win in the 500 on Sunday in perhaps another last lap event, but it didn't happen.

Thanks to Nascar Rules concerning points, Buescher is not the points leader. That honor goes to Elliott Sadler. Sadler is starting the year in the very place he had hoped to end last year.


Results and more after the JUMP!

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Status
1 15 30 James Buescher Fraternal Order of Eagles (Steve Turner) Chevrolet 120 running
2 9 22 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire (Roger Penske) Dodge 120 running
3 3 2 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 120 running
4 8 88 Cole Whitt Hellmann's (JR Motorsports) Chevrolet 120 running
5 5 3 Austin Dillon Advocare (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 120 running
6 25 19 Tayler Malsam G-Oil (Mark Smith) Toyota 120 running
7 29 15 Timmy Hill Poynt.com (Rick Ware) Ford 120 running
8 7 33 Tony Stewart Oreo / Ritz (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 120 running
9 11 38 Kasey Kahne Great Clips (Steve Turner) Chevrolet 120 running
10 14 1 Kurt Busch Hendrickcars.com (James Finch) Chevrolet 120 running
11 2 60 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing 25th Anniversary (Jack Roush) Ford 120 running
12 33 24 Benny Gordon Kentucky Antler Co. / VFI (Jason Sciavicco) Toyota 120 running
13 41 4 Danny Efland Danny Efland Racing (Johnny Davis) Chevrolet 120 running
14 37 40 Josh Wise The Motorsports Group (Curtis Key) Chevrolet 120 running
15 4 5 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. TaxSlayer.com (JR Motorsports) Chevrolet 120 running
16 22 20 Joey Logano GameStop (Joe Gibbs) Toyota 120 running
17 31 41 Blake Koch Rise Up and Register (Rick Ware) Ford 120 running
18 24 54 Kyle Busch Monster Energy (Kyle Busch) Toyota 119 crash
19 10 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Kellogg's Pop Tarts (Jack Roush) Ford 119 crash
20 6 12 Sam Hornish, Jr. Alliance Truck Parts (Roger Penske) Dodge 119 running
21 21 70 Johanna Long Foretravel Motorcoach (Mary Louise Miller) Chevrolet 119 running
22 20 14 Eric McClure Hefty / Reynolds Wrap (Mark Smith) Toyota 118 running
23 27 87 Joe Nemechek D.A.B. Constructors (Joe Nemechek) Toyota 116 crash
24 39 50 T.J. Bell Eastbound & Down (MAKE Motorsports) Chevrolet 115 crash
25 36 51 Jeremy Clements Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet / 92.5 WESC (Jeremy Clements) Chevrolet 115 running
26 23 27 David Ragan CertainTeed / Mercury (Steve Meehan) Ford 113 crash
27 16 43 Michael Annett Pilot Travel Centers / Flying J Coffee (Richard Petty Motorsports) Ford 113 crash
28 28 1 Mike Wallace G&K Services (Johnny Davis) Chevrolet 112 running
29 35 39 Joey Gase Go Green Racing / JoeyGase.com (Archie St. Hilaire) Ford 108 running
30 26 9 Kenny Wallace Family Farmers (Robby Benton) Toyota 104 crash
31 18 36 Ryan Truex Grime Boss (Tommy Baldwin, Jr.) Chevrolet 104 crash
32 17 18 Denny Hamlin Z-Line Designs (Joe Gibbs) Toyota 103 crash
33 12 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt (Steve Turner) Chevrolet 103 crash
34 42 52 Reed Sorenson Better Business Bureau (Jimmy Means) Chevrolet 103 crash
35 34 23 Robert Richardson North Texas Pipe (Robert Richardson, Sr.) Chevrolet 103 crash
36 32 8 Casey Roderick Randy Hill Racing (Randy Hill) Ford 103 crash
37 19 11 Brian Scott Dollar General (Joe Gibbs) Toyota 96 running
38 1 7 Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com (JR Motorsports) Chevrolet 72 running
39 13 44 Mike Bliss Tri-Star Motorsports (Mark Smith) Toyota 59 crash
40 38 28 J.J. Yeley JPO Absorbents (Jay Robinson) Chevrolet 43 engine
41 40 81 Jason Bowles American Majority / PledgeToVote.com (Pat MacDonald) Dodge 28 engine
42 30 97 Johnny Sauter AM FM Energy / Pellet & Wood Stoves (Joe Nemechek) Toyota 14 electrical
43 43 10 Jeff Green Tri-Star Motorsports (Mark Smith) Toyota 3 vibration

It was a great race for Cole Whitt, Sam Hornish and Austin Dillon. If it wasn't for the last lap accident, Ricky Stenhouse would be the points leader, instead, we get to watch Stenhouse climb back to the top in the next few races. Here's the top ten:

Rank Car # Driver Sponsor Make Owner Points
1 2 Elliott Sadler One Main Financial Chevy KHI/RCR 42
2 88 Cole Whitt ® Hellmann's Chevy JR Motorsports 40
3 3 Austin Dillon ® Advocare/Bass Pro Shops Chevy KHI/RCR 39
4 19 Tayler Malsam ® G-Oil Toyota Tri-Star Motorsports 38
5 60 Trevor Bayne Roush 25 Years Ford Roush Fenway 34
6 24 Benny Gordon ® Kentucky Antler Co Toyota SR2 Motorsports 32
7 4 Danny Efland Danny Efland Racing Chevy Danny Efland Racing 31
8 41 Blake Koch Rise Up And Register Ford Rick Ware Racing 27
9 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr (PC) Kelloggs Pop Tarts Ford Roush Fenway 25
10 12 Sam Hornish Jr Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Penske Racing 25

Join us later in the week for a Preview of the Phoenix Race. Enjoy!

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