The NASCAR Camping World Truck series has three events left on the calendar as the 22-race schedule finally winds down. James Buescher is the leader in the current standings with a 21 point lead over second place Ty Dillon. Third place is Timothy Peters at 25 markers back. Parker Kligerman is fourth 36 points back but it would take a lot of help for him to win the championship.
The final three races appear to be right down Buescher's alley, so to speak. Buescher has four victories this season and they were all at mile-and-a-half tracks. His Turner Motorsports #31 Chevrolet won at Kansas, Kentucky (twice) and Chicago. The remaining tracks on the schedule are Texas, Phoenix and Homestead with the only track not a mile-and-a-half being Phoenix, which is a one-mile facility.
At the two one-mile tracks for the Trucks this year, Buescher was second at Rockingham and seventh at Dover. No, Rockingham and Phoenix aren't exactly the same with the banking considerably more at the Rock than at Phoenix but they both are tri-ovals of sorts.
This is the first time this season that James Buescher has led the points. Except for a 17th at Iowa, he's finished in the top seven over the past 10 events. His knack for running near the front has given Buescher the ability to grab more top fives than any other driver this season.
Ty Dillon, who is second in points, has shown more consistency than any other driver and that has him in the battle for the championship. His one win this season was at Atlanta which isn't all that much different than Texas. So it should be an interesting shootout in the Lone Star State.
Now the 22 year old from Plano, Texas, will race this Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway, less than an hour from where Buescher was born and raised. By the way, Buescher may be in his early 20s but this is a veteran when it comes to the series, driving his fourth full season in Trucks.
"We got a shot"
After an eventful day at Martinsville this past weekend that saw the #31 team go a lap down before rebounding to sixth, a championship is within reach and as the owner of the team, Steve Turner, who is also a native Texan stated: "This is what we've been scared most of, this track right here [Martinsville]. We've got a shot at the championship now." (Source - Star-Telegram)
Sources - NASCAR, Racing Reference, Turner Motorsports
Daryle has been involved in motorsports most of his life and has three decades of experience inside racemarketing, plus for several years has blogged about every type of racing.