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Monday, 19 August 2013 10:29

James Buescher wins Michigan National Guard 200

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion James Buescher executed a perfect pass of Kyle Busch in the closing laps to win the Michigan National Guard 200. Overcoming a problem in the pits, Buescher sat third with four laps to go. With a perfectly timed pass, Buescher wheeled by both second place Brendan Gaughan and leader Kyle Busch in turn four. The defending champion then was able to pull away and take his first victory of the 2013 campaign. Busch did not go quietly as stayed on Buescher's back tailgate for the last three laps. But Buescher countered every Busch move. For Buescher the risky move was a must, mentioning that the season has not gone according to plan. The victory brought him within one point of second place Jeb Burton and 52 points behind points leader Matt Crafton.

"It's a good way to start that turnaround," Buescher said. "It's no secret that it's not the season we've been expecting."

Busch, Ty Dillon, Joey Logano and Miguel Paludo rounded out the top five. For Busch, it was his fourth second place finish during an NCWTS event at MIS. He has won on the two-mile oval in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the Nationwide Series, but is still seeking his first win in the trucks.

Busch gave Buescher credit but was still unsure how the move worked.

"How the 31 (Buescher) could get a run on the 62 (Gaughan) who got a run on me is beyond me," Busch said. "It blows my mind."

Earlier in the day in NCWTS qualifying, Jeb Burton and Gaughan broke Joey Coulter's track record of 184.101 mph. Burton ran an average speed of 185.759 MPH while Gaughan timed at 184.120 MPH.

PHOTOS SUBMITTED BY ROBERT BENKO