NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Top Kentucky Speedway Moments Countdown: 15-11
The NCWTS makes its 15th all-time Kentucky Speedway appearance Friday and we're counting down the top series moments in our historyHere are Moments 15 to 11. Check back tomorrow for Moments 10 to six.
Moment 15: Bill Lester became the first African-American competitor to win a Kentucky Speedway pole award by establishing a new NCWTS track qualifying record with a 178.141 mph (30.313 seconds) lap on July 9, 2005. "The only thing I could have done to make it go any faster was to hold it to the floor the whole way around. All I did was breathe it just a little bit. I didn't leave anything on the table," Lester said of the effort. Moment 14: Dennis Setzer races to a fourth-place NCWTS finish on July 19, 2008 and sets the all-time series track record for top-five finishes at five. One of those results was a 0.249 of a second victory over Todd Bodine on July 9, 2005 that ranks as the third-closest series finish in Kentucky Speedway history.
Moment 13: Numbers fatefully align for ThorSport Racing driver Matt Crafton when becomes the 13th NCWTS pole award winner in speedway history with a 173.288 mph (31.162 seconds) lap. He follows up by making his all-time track-leading 13th NCWTS start and scoring a fourth-place finish on June 28, 2012. The effort placed him in a tie with David Starr for the all-times series track lead in top-10 finishes with eight.
Moment 12: Veteran Mike Skinner sets the NCWTS Kentucky Speedway record for most laps led by a race winner by holding point for 135 of 150 laps on July 14, 2007. The victory was his second of an eventual three NCWTS top-five finishes he would earn at the speedway through eight starts.
Moment 11: James Buescher becomes the 12th different NCWTS Kentucky Speedway race winner in the series 14th appearance at the track on June 28, 2012. Buescher holds the distinction of being the youngest NCWTS Kentucky winner at age 22 years, three months and two days. He led 119 of 150 laps and crossed the finish line 3.805 seconds in front of Brad Keselowski.
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Story by Mike Schmaltz and Len Glockner