With eight races completed, the #31 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet has completed every lap in the Camping World Truck Series with four top threes, now two wins and is only nine points out of first place. James Buescher may be NASCAR's next up-and-coming star.
The 22 year old Texan also won his first Nationwide race earlier this season (part-time ride), which marked his first victory in one of NASCAR's three national touring series'. He also has six Top 10s in only eight races in Nationwide.
But Trucks is where Buescher has made a regular living in NASCAR, with this being his fifth season in the series. Yes, his fifth season and fourth full-time in Trucks, having started when he was only 18. That's why it seems he feels and looks like a veteran - he is.
The just concluded Truck race from a very hot Kentucky gave Buescher his 80th Truck start, where he started third on the inside of the second row. He won his first Truck race at Kansas back in April which is nearly an identical track. This victory marked the first time in 2012 a Truck driver had won twice - the season started with seven different winners.Matt Crafton had the pole in a Toyota and led the first couple dozen laps or so before giving way to Buescher who would pretty much dominate the UNOH 225, winning by nearly four seconds over second place Brad Keselowski (source - USA Today). By the way, Buescher's teammate Nelson Piquet Jr., who won last week at Road America for his first win in NASCAR, started on the front row but after a brush with the wall, he eventually crashed out during the midway point of the race - an incident involving Todd Bodine and Justin Lofton.
Third in the points, rookie Ty Dillon was third in the race as well, with Crafton fourth and Timothy Peters fifth. That pushed Peters into the point standings lead by four over Lofton and Dillon.
Buescher appears to have at least become the man to beat at mile-and-a-half tracks. He had an eighth last year at Kentucky, along with a fourth in Kansas and Charlotte. In 2010, he had a third in Las Vegas and another fourth at Charlotte. Maybe he doesn't want to be labeled as a winner in one particular specialty but that's better than not being labeled for anything at all. As his car owner Steve Turner said of Buescher's feats: "For James to dominate like this, it's awesome. We feel like we've become dominant on a mile-and-a-half track." (Source - Auto World News)
So on a hot night in northern Kentucky - it was 98 - James Buescher has established himself as the hottest young driver in NASCAR. Other peers seem to think the same way about Buescher and aren't taken aback at all. Said Cup driver Keselowski: "He's a really good driver. You can see how he's matured over the last few years. He's got a lot of great opportunities to come. We're all interested to see how he's going to come out. He's not winning races because he's a bad driver, that's for sure."
Sources - NASCAR, Racing Reference
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