JOLIET, Ill. – James Buescher stormed back from two laps down to beat Timothy Peters during a restart with two laps left, bagging his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series triumph of the year Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway.
Buescher was forced down pit road early in the event with a faulty carburetor, dropping him two laps off the pace. The driver of the No. 31 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet didn’t give up, eventually getting back on the lead lap thanks to a few timely cautions.
Buescher was working his way back up through the pack, but a caution with 15 laps left when Miguel Paludo blew a tire allowed Buescher, who was running fourth, to close the gap on the leaders.
During the restart with nine laps left Timothy Peters drove by Brendan Gaughan into the lead, bring Buescher with him. Two laps later Buescher made his move, snatching the lead away from Peters just before Justin Lofton blew a tire to bring out the final caution flag of the night.
The field returned to racing with two laps left, with Buescher starting in the outside line alongside Peters. The two remained side-by-side, with Peters beating Buescher to the white flag, but Buescher was able to clear Peters in turns one and two before pulling away to victory.
“We couldn’t keep up at the beginning of the race and then we really had trouble and went two laps down fixing it,” Buescher said. “Definitely the best change we made all day was the carburetor.”
Gaughan, who was looking for his first series win since 2003, led the most laps and finished a frustrating second after overtaking Peters on the last lap.
“We had the class of the field,” Gaughan said. “Richard Childress and the RCR boys built me a South Point Chevrolet that was the class of the field. I spun my tires on a restart and gave everybody a chance and then had to battle back to get second.
“I’m still bitter. This should have been mine.”
Peters extended his championship lead to a season-high 23 points over Ty Dillon with a third-place finish. Matt Crafton ended up fourth with Parker Kligerman completing the top five.
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