Buescher Brings the NCWTS Heat in a Convincing UNOH 225 Victory
James Buescher brought the heat on a steamy Kentucky Speedway night and scored his first NASCAR
Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) victory at the facility by leading 119 of 150 laps while guiding his
No. 31 Turner Motorsports machine to a 3.805-seconds UNOH 225 victory ahead of Brad Keselowski’s
No. 19 Brad Keselowski Racing ride.
Buescher posted the fourth-widest NCWTS margin of victory in Kentucky Speedway history and
is the 12th different series race winner through 14th all-time appearances at the track. He also became
the youngest series race winner in track history at age 22 years, three months and two days. Tonight's
performance marks his second career Kentucky Speedway victory. He claimed his first on May 9, 2009
in a 150-mile ARCA Racing Series event.
"I'm just really proud of everyone on the Turner Motorsports Team. My wife found a picture of the
trophy on Twitter (@KySpeedway) and told me she wanted it. You gotta make the wife happy, so we
got to Victory Lane," he said.
Buescher took the lead for the third and final time on Lap 108, survived a restart seven laps later and
pulled away from an entertaining battle for position between Keselowski and third-place driver Ty Dillon
in the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing truck.
"I'm just really proud of everyone on the Turner Motorsports Team. My wife told me this morning she
found a picture of the trophy on Twitter and told me she wanted it. You gotta make the wife happy so
we got to Victory Lane," Buescher said after taking his second NCWTS victory of the season and first
since April 21 at Kansas Speedway. He owns a combined four top-five and five top-10 series finishes
Keselowski picked up his first NCWTS Kentucky Speedway top-five finish in his third career series
start at the venue and first since 2006. He posted his previous Kentucky-best 18th-place NCWTS finish
on July 9, 2005.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Penske Racing star qualified 17th for tonight’s event and
advanced to fifth place by Lap 30. He raced through the top 10 the rest of the way before nipping Dillon
at the finish line.
"I'm really pleased with the second-place effort. We just couldn't get the speed that we needed to get all
the way to the front. The truck kept coming to us. We were able to make some good moves to get to the
front, but just didn't get close enough. Second is good, but I want to win so bad here," Keselowski said.
Dillon also registered his first NCWTS Kentucky Speedway top-five finish tonight. He placed 18th in his
series track debut on Oct. 1, 2011.
The leader in the NCWTS Rookie of the Year standings leapt into contention for a victory by racing from
10th place on Lap 100 to second on Lap 110.
"I was real happy with our performance. It has been a long day, a hot day and our guys kept digging all
day. We battled from behind, almost got wrecked, and played the strategy right to get a third-place
finish. I'm real happy with that.
“We couldn't have asked for a better day, except for maybe a win. I thought we were going to have a
chance at it. We were starting to run back to the leader there, but we got a little too tight. I'm excited and
really happy for what it says about our team in being able to come from behind," Dillon said.
Tonight’s UNOH 225 pole award winner Matt Crafton took fourth in the No. 88 ThorSport Racing
machine and Timothy Peters completed the top five in the No. 17 Red Horse Racing truck.
Peters takes over the series championship lead with his fifth top-five and seventh top-10 finish of the
season. He will head to the series July 14 event at Iowa Speedway with a four-point advantage on
former leader Justin Lofton and Dillon.
Lofton rolled across the finish line 14th tonight after his No. 6 Eddie Sharp Racing truck was involved in
a multiple-truck incident on Lap 70 in Turn 1 that also knocked Nelson Piquet Jr. and two-time Kentucky
Speedway race winner Todd Bodine from winning contention.
"We had a really good truck. Maybe I was driving it a little harder than I should of. We got caught in a
three wide situation and it really just didn’t work out for us. I hit the No. 33 (of Cale Gale), got it spinning
and it got me. I guess that is fair since I got him. All in all it was a decent run for our truck. I know we
lost the points, but I don't think we lost too much ground. We are going to regroup and go to Iowa,"
Kentucky Speedway race action continues to tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., with the NASCAR Nationwide
Series (NNS) Feed The Children 300. Keselowski is the defending race champion.
Parking lots open at 7 a.m., and gates at 9 a.m., for NNS practice. NSCS teams hit the track for the first
time this weekend at 11:30 a.m., for the first of two Quaker State 400 practice sessions. Feed The
Children 300 qualifying commences at 3:30 p.m., and is followed by Quaker State 400 qualifying at 5:30
Tickets, campsites and daily infield Fan Zone passes for the Feed The Children 300 and Saturday’s
Quaker State 400 can be purchased by logging on to http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com/tickets,
calling 859-578-2300 or visiting the Kentucky Speedway corporate offices at 1 Speedway Drive,
Sparta, Ky., 41086 just off of Interstate 71 Exit 57 and the newly-expanded, seven-lane Kentucky
UNOH 225 Extras:
-Matt Crafton’s fourth-place finish tonight marked his fourth career NCWTS Kentucky Speedway top-
five and eighth series top-10 finish in 13 career starts since 2001. He earned career-best third place
NCWTS finishes here on July 18, 2009 and July 19, 2008.
-Tonight’s race witnessed seven caution periods and 31 caution laps. The NCWTS track record for
caution periods is nine from the inaugural series race on June 17, 2000. The NCWTS track record for
caution laps is 49 from the same race.-
Story by Mike Schmaltz