James Buescher would get through the last lap chaos at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park to finish ninth after starting on the pole.
“Overall, I thought our MotoMaster Eliminator team had a good day,” Buescher said. “Not having much experience on a road course, I am happy to leave with another top-10 finish and get another step closer to closing the points gap. I am really looking forward to getting to Iowa where we’ve run pretty good in the past.”
Buescher came into the weekend with limited road course experience. He ran the Nationwide Series race at Road America earlier this year, finishing 14th. He also has experience from his seasons in the ARCA Racing Series. He also ran the Canadian Tire Series race the morning of the truck race, though pulled behind the wall before the race was over with mechanical problems.
The added experience of the Canadian Tire Series race, along with the four practices before the truck race, helped Buescher as he felt that every lap he made, he got quicker each time.
Buescher, currently sitting second in points, finished one spot ahead of Matt Crafton, gaining points on the championship. With eight races to go, Buescher now sits 47 points behind Crafton.
“People say we’re back in the title hunt, but I don’t think we ever fell out,” he said. “We’re just closer to the top now and plenty of racing left to go; we’re just past halfway.”
The beginning of the season didn’t go as Buescher would’ve hoped with some bad runs due to simple bad luck, whether it wrecks, flat tires or other adversity that he had to fight through.
“In the races we haven’t finished in the top 10 we’ve had more bad luck then you can imagine,” he said earlier this year of those first couple of races. “We’ve finished on the lead lap every race even though we’ve had things thrown at us – getting wrecked by lap cars and just not having things work out our way at Daytona and Martinsville.”
Though coming off his third straight top 10, Buescher could be setting himself up for a solid run to the end of the season.
This weekend the Camping World Truck Series heads to Iowa Speedway, which is a track that the defending champion has run before. He has yet to pick up a win at Iowa, though has three top 10s in six starts, including a third place finish earlier this year.