James Buescher wins wild Truck Series Chicagoland 225

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins leader James Buescher (Matt Weaver/NASCAR Ranting and Raving)

James Buescher had quite the eventful weekend, but responded by winning the American Ethanol 225 Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday night.

In review, Buescher qualified a mediocre 11th, went two laps down due to a carburetor change on lap 81, got both of his laps back, and finally defeated the streaking Timothy Peters and Brendan Gaughan on a restart with three laps to go to win his third Camping World Truck Series race this season.

As exhausting as that must sound, multiply it by 10 for what Buecher must have felt with 100 laps to go. And yet, Buescher and his Turner Motorsports crew never gave up. They persevered and won one of the most dramatic races, from any discipline, of the 2012 season.

The last two restarts, and the laps that followed provided everything the Truck Series was built on, including a side-by-side battle for the lead on the last lap between Buescher and Peters who couldn't clear each other until the exit of turn 2. Meanwhile, a race-dominant Gaughan struggled to hold third on the restart, but muscled his way to second a lap later and appeared to have the fastest car coming to the checkered flag.

Gaughan held on to finish second but is still looking for his ninth Truck Series win and first since 2003 at Texas. Peters finished third, with Matt Crafton and Parker Kligerman completing the top-five.

By intermediate track standards, Saturday's race was one of the best of the season. The mixture of well-timed cautions, continuous side-by-side battles, many of them for the lead, showcased the best of what the Camping World Truck Series has to offer.

The timing for such a race couldn't have been better, as the Truck Series was sharing center stage with the Nationwide Series on a Sprint Cup off-week. Many fans undoubtedly gave the Truck Series a look-see and had to have liked what they saw.

A full-field rundown, updated championship standings, and a video can be found after the jump!

While I have the time and space, I'd like to give a shoutout to my Mobile International Speedway boss and Truck Series veteran Rick Crawford who came home 11th and was recognized during the broadcast for being the all-time laps completed leader in the Camping World Truck Series.

He was setting himself up for a potential top-10 finish, running as high as seventh before the final restart and ensuing last lap accident. The 11th is still an admirable finish for the former five-time Series race-winner making just his third start of the season.

Way to go boss man!

Despite coming up two positions short, Peters maintained a 23-point championship lead over Ty Dillon, who finished 12th. Dillon's deficit is the largest yet for any second-place contender this season. Justin Lofton is third, 30 points out while Buscher is fourth, cutting his margin to 35 points behind Peters.

[Read More: Updated NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Standings]

The Truck Series will take a week off before returning to freshly-paved Pocono International Raceway on Aug. 4. Speed will have flag-to-flag coverage starting at approximately 12:30 p.m. EST.

Audiovisual

Final Laps: Buescher is the soul man (via TheOfficialNASCAR)

Post-Race Reactions: American Ethanol 225 (via TheOfficialNASCAR)

Race Results

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race Number 10
Unofficial Race Results for the 4Th Annual American Ethanol 225 - Saturday, July 21, 2012
Chicagoland Speedway - Joliet, IL - 1.5 Mile Paved
Total Race Length - 150 Laps - 225 Miles - Purse: $603,861
Fin Str Truck No. Driver Team Laps Pts Bns Driver Rating Winnings Status Tms Laps
1 11 31 James Buescher Fresh from Florida Gulf Seafood Chevrolet 150 47 4 107.4 $44,850 Running 2 6
2 6 2 Brendan Gaughan(i) South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet 150 0 140.9 $32,240 Running 3 83
3 4 17 Timothy Peters TOYOTA Tundra Toyota 150 42 1 112.1 $23,210 Running 2 3
4 9 88 Matt Crafton Schrock Cabinetry / Menards Toyota 150 40 114.5 $17,325 Running
5 17 29 Parker Kligerman PlanitDiy.com / Laitner.com RAM 150 40 1 89.8 $15,850 Running 1 6
6 8 33 Cale Gale # Rheem Chevrolet 150 38 92.0 $15,425 Running
7 14 9 Ron Hornaday Jr. Anderson's Maple Syrup Chevrolet 150 38 1 88.3 $14,275 Running 1 1
8 5 18 Jason Leffler Dollar General / M&M's Toyota 150 36 98.2 $14,200 Running
9 13 23 Jason White JW Demolition / GunBroker.com Ford 150 35 80.7 $14,125 Running
10 21 81 David Starr NCCER / BYF Toyota 150 34 73.4 $15,350 Running
11 22 73 Rick Crawford SuperSeal / Lilly Trucking Chevrolet 150 33 68.9 $11,725 Running
12 3 3 Ty Dillon # Bass Pro Shops / Allstate Chevrolet 150 33 1 110.0 $13,850 Running 2 17
13 19 08 Ross Chastain # Illiana Watermelon Association Toyota 150 31 77.3 $13,825 Running
14 16 09 John Wes Townley # Family Farmers Toyota 150 30 73.2 $13,775 Running
15 2 22 Joey Coulter RCR / darrellgwynnfoundation.com Chevrolet 150 30 1 98.6 $14,800 Running 1 3
16 20 98 Dakoda Armstrong # EverFi.com / MUDD.com Toyota 150 28 64.8 $13,650 Running
17 10 32 Miguel Paludo Duroline Brakes Chevrolet 150 28 1 80.2 $13,575 Running 1 5
18 7 11 Todd Bodine ToyotaCare Toyota 150 26 94.8 $13,525 Running
19 18 5 Paulie Harraka # Wauters Motorsports Ford 150 26 1 63.2 $13,475 Running 1 2
20 28 92 Chad McCumbee BTS Tire & Wheel / QMI Chevrolet 150 24 54.3 $11,775 Running
21 1 6 Justin Lofton Lofton Cattle Chevrolet 150 24 1 102.1 $14,425 Running 3 24
22 15 13 Johnny Sauter Hot Honeys / Curb Records Toyota 149 22 69.3 $13,100 Running
23 34 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Driven2Honor.org RAM 144 21 41.2 $11,075 Running
24 23 99 Bryan Silas # Rockingham Speedway Ford 142 20 40.5 $11,050 Running
25 36 57 Norm Benning Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet 142 19 35.8 $11,175 Running
26 12 30 Nelson Piquet Jr. Polen Designs / AutoTrac Chevrolet 94 18 52.4 $11,000 Accident
27 33 84 Chris Fontaine Glenden Enterprises Chevrolet 92 17 40.7 $10,975 Accident
28 25 68 Clay Greenfield @claygreenfield RAM 90 16 41.9 $10,950 Brakes
29 29 27 C.E. Falk HotTorque.com Chevrolet 72 15 46.4 $10,900 Vibration
30 24 93 Ryan Sieg RSS Racing Chevrolet 45 14 45.8 $11,375 Engine
31 30 39 Chris Jones RSS Racing Chevrolet 25 13 39.4 $10,850 Engine
32 31 86 Blake Koch(i) Clay Greenfield Motorsports RAM 13 0 35.7 $10,825 Vibration
33 27 38 Dennis Setzer RSS Racing Chevrolet 10 PE 36.7 $10,800 Electrical
34 35 0 T.J. Bell(i) Driven2Honor.org RAM 3 PE 33.9 $10,775 Vibration
35 26 37 Jeff Green(i) RSS Racing Chevrolet 2 PE 32.3 $10,750 Rear Gear
36 32 07 Johnny Chapman Wear Your Gear / BOBBER.info Toyota 2 8 30.3 $10,716 Vibration
Race Comments: Before an estimated crowd of 25,000, James Buescher won the American Ethanol 225, his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory. To start the race, prior to the green flag the following trucks dropped to the rear of the field: #13 (missing drivers meeting), #17 (engine change), #29, #92 (unapproved adjustments during impound).
Failed to Qualify: (2) 74 Mike Harmon(i), 65 Chris Lafferty.
Time of Race: 01 Hrs, 53 Mins, 06 Secs. Average Speed: 119.363 MPH Margin of Victory: 0.247 Seconds
Caution Flags: 7 for 31 laps: Laps: 8-11 (#99 spin [38]); 72-76 (Debris [09]); 83-86 (#10 spin [18]); 100-103 (#84 accident (backstretch) [81]); 107-111 (#22 spin [31]); 137-141 (Debris [92]); 145-148 (#6 accident (Turn 4) [32]).
Lead Changes: 16 among 10 drivers: J. Lofton 1-12; B. Gaughan(i) 13-46; R. Hornaday Jr. 47; M. Paludo 48-52; P. Kligerman 53-58; P. Harraka # 59-60; B. Gaughan(i) 61-100; J. Coulter 101-103; J. Lofton 104; T. Dillon # 105; J. Lofton 106-116; T. Dillon # 117-132; B. Gaughan(i) 133-141; T. Peters 142-143; J. Buescher 144-148; T. Peters 149; J. Buescher 150;
Top 10 Driver Points: (1) T. Peters 395;(2) T. Dillon # 372;(3) J. Lofton 365;(4) J. Buescher 360;(5) P. Kligerman 346;(6) M. Crafton 345;(7) R. Hornaday Jr. 334;(8) J. Coulter 322;(9) N. Piquet Jr. 302;(10) J. White 295.
Featherlite Most Improved Driver : James Buescher, #31 29 Places Keystone Light Pole Award : Justin Lofton, #6 174.154 mph
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race : Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines, #2 Mobil 1 Oil Driver of the Race : James Buescher, #31
Sunoco Rookie of the Race : Cale Gale, #33
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series
Next Race: Aug. 4, 2012 - Pocono Raceway
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