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Gale makes return to Truck Series at Kentucky

June 24, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Gale makes return to Truck Series at Kentucky
TSM picks driver, who won 2012 finale, for No. 30 Chevrolet

Cale Gale will return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the first time since winning the 2012 finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Gale will drive the No. 30 Chevrolet for Turner Scott Motorsports in the UNOH 225 (Thursday, 8 p.m. ET, SPEED) this week at Kentucky Speedway.

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"I can't thank everyone … enough for this wonderful opportunity to get back behind the wheel of a truck," Gale said in a team release. "TSM has a great intermediate track program and I don't expect anything different from my team, I hope that we will be able to bring home a solid finish for everyone at Turner Scott Motorsports."

Since the thrilling win at Homestead, Gale has been a crew chief for developmental drivers. He prefers to be in the car, but noted that without a full ride or backing, he had to make a living.

The finish at Homestead was one of the best of the season, as Gale tailed leader Kyle Busch during a green-white-checkered restart. In the No. 33, Gale eventually got a great run off Turn 4 as the white flag dropped and banged with Busch through the final lap.

Video: Watch the thrilling end of last year's finale

Gale led the duo to the start/finish line on the inside; it appeared Busch might have enough momentum up top to make the last-gasp pass, but Gale squeezed Busch’s truck into the fence to win by .014 seconds.

"It's not my style, but I knew that, if I could pinch him a little bit, I could get the advantage, and pretty much, that's what I was thinking at that point," Gale said after the race. "A guy like me, it's my first opportunity to come down for the checkered flag in a NASCAR race. Kyle's a racer. He's been in the same position I've been in. We've all seen hungry racers get an opportunity and take it. That's what you have to do in this sport. He owes me, but I saw the checkers in the final race.
 
"When it comes down to the final straightaway to win at Homestead in the last race, and your first NASCAR win, I believe anybody would do it."

The 28-year-old driver has 32 career starts in the Camping World Truck Series. In addition to his win at Homestead, Gale has three top-fives and 10 top-10s.

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