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Buescher wins at Kansas for first career Truck victory

April 23, 2012, NASCAR Wire Service, NASCAR.com

James Buescher takes the lead from Brad Keselowski en route to winning at Kansas. (Autostock)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Simply put, it was James Buescher's day.

Buescher pulled away in the closing laps for a convincing 5.320-second victory over Timothy Peters, who passed Brad Keselowski for the runner-up spot with three laps left in Saturday's SFP 250 at Kansas Speedway.

SFP 250

Results
Pos.DriverMake
2.Timothy PetersToyota
3.Brad KeselowskiRam
4.Nelson Piquet Jr.Chevrolet
5.Todd BodineToyota

Buescher earned his first win in the Camping World Truck Series, to go with his maiden Nationwide Series victory at Daytona in February. It was the second consecutive victory for Turner Motorsports, which sent Kasey Kahne to Victory Lane last Saturday at Rockingham.

"Turner Motorsports trucks are pretty awesome," Buescher said. "Two in a row is saying something. Having our first win [for the team] last week with Kasey, and running second to him, we wanted to come here and win one for ourselves."

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Keselowski ran third, followed by Nelson Piquet Jr. and Todd Bodine.

"We needed a bit more speed to run with James, who was just lightning quick," said Keselowski, who was attempting to become the 24th driver to win a race in each of NASCAR's top three touring series. "We didn't have anything for that, so hats off to his team and James himself.

"But we learned a lot, and hopefully we can take something away from it to help out Parker Kligerman [driver of Keselowski's full-time No. 29 entry] and his efforts running for the championship, so for that I'm thankful."

With the victory, Buescher narrowed Peters' lead in the series standings to four points. Ron Hornaday, Justin Lofton, Kligerman, rookie Ty Dillon and Miguel Paludo completed the top 10.

"He's been a factor all this year, and when we raced with him last year," Peters said of the race winner. "He's going be the one to contend for a championship, I feel like, and the RCR bunch are going to be ones to contend for the championship, and I think we are, too."

Dillon is fourth in the standings, 14 points behind Peters and three behind third-place Lofton.

Driving his own truck for the second time this season, Keselowski surged past Buescher and into the lead shortly after a restart on Lap 105 of 167. Buescher pursued patiently until Lap 122, when he cleared Keselowski through Turn 4 to regain the top spot.

The longer the run, the more Buescher's No. 31 Chevrolet flaunted its superiority. By Lap 140, with green-flag pit stops imminent, Buescher had opened an advantage of 5.4 seconds, with Peters closing in on Keselowski for the second position.

As the green-flag cycle began, Peters grabbed the No. 2 spot from Keselowski before heading to the pits on Lap 146. Buescher followed on Lap 150 and matched Peters with a four-tire stop. That left Keselowski, who took right-side tires only, in the lead, but Buescher quickly tracked down the No. 19 Ram and made the pass for the top spot on Lap 157.

Notes-N-Nuggets

• James Buescher earned his first career victory in his 76th career start.
• James Buescher became the 12th different driver to win in 12 races at Kansas.
• James Buescher is the fourth different driver to win in the first four races of 2012; he's also the second first-time winner of the season.
• This was James Buescher's third top-three finish of the season.
• James Buescher led five times for 103 laps, including the final 11; that's the most laps he has ever led in a race.
• All 12 races at Kansas have been won from a top-10 starting spot (Buescher started sixth).
• This was the second career win for Turner Motorsports; its first came last week at Rockingham.
• Timothy Peters (second) has top-five finishes in all four races this season.
• Brad Keselowski (third) earned only his second top-five finish in the Truck Series.
• Nelson Piquet Jr. (fourth) earned his third consecutive top-10 finish and he's now fifth in points.
• Todd Bodine (fifth) picked up his 37th top-five finish on a 1.5-mile track, the most of all drivers.
• Ron Hornaday (sixth) recovered from a near-spin on Lap 42 for his best finish of 2012.
• Justin Lofton (seventh) has top-10 finishes in all four races this season.
• Ty Dillon (ninth) has finished in the top 10 in his past six starts.

The final 10 laps were a smooth cruise for the first-time Truck series winner.