Monday, September 9, 2013

Buescher wins at Iowa Speedway

James Buescher won the Fan Appreciation 200 Camping World Truck series race at Iowa Speedway.  He had fresher tires than many of the lead lap trucks and that helped him motor past Ross Chastain and hold on during the second Green-White-Checkered attempt to finish the race.  Chastain (#19 below) lead 116 of the 212 laps and was the strongest truck most of the day but his truck was not as good on the short runs and Buescher took advantage.  

 *photo courtesy of Jennifer Stewart/NASCAR/Getty Images

Chastain's teammate Ryan Blaney also spent time up front near the end of regulation but he lost the lead during a caution "I thought we were 7-10 laps to the good on fuel," said Blaney "we just got an air bubble in the line and the truck shut off and it slowed us up just that little bit to make them (NASCAR) put us back there."  Blaney was penalized for not keeping up with the pace car, he ended up finishing 10th.

Ty Dillon (#3 above) lead 46 laps during the race, his team got off pit sequence with the leaders and went one lap down mid-race, the team replaced the battery on a pit stop and Dillon had to drive without any brake fans.  Even with all that adversity the team fought back to finish 3rd.

Brendan Gaughan had an eventful day, he had a tire going down (photo above) while in 3rd place on lap 116.  It actually blew during his pit stop, caught on video by Dean Reller (link below).  Gaughan's problems did not stop there, he pitted numerous time to fix damage and eventually crashed with Joey Coulter in turn two ending both their days a little early.

Karma from last weeks race in Canada might have caught up with Chase Elliott who dropped out of the race early due to a mechanical problem and resulting crash on lap 35, he finished 31st.

Matt Crafton finished 8th and continued his incredible streak of "top 10" finishes.  He now leads in the point standings by 37 over James Buescher and Ty Dillon is in third 58 points out of the lead.  Jeb Burton finished 8th place in the Iowa race and is fourth in points, 66 out of the top spot.

Listen for interviews with: Ty Dillon, Ross Chastain, Matt Crafton, Jeb Burton (photo above) and Jennifer Jo Cobb on Speed Talk on 1360 radio Saturday 10-11am on 1360 AM KRWC or on the "tune-in" app on your phone or live streamed on

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