NEWTON, Iowa – James Buescher was able to outdrive polesitter Ross Chastain during two green-white-checkered restarts to win Sunday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway.
Buescher was put in a position to win the Fan Appreciate 200 thanks to an early call on pit road on lap 41. When Chase Elliott crashed on lap 38 to bring out the first caution flag of the day, most of the field came down pit road for fresh tires.
However, Buescher’s crew opted only to put fuel in his No. 31 Chevrolet in order to save one of their two fresh sets of tires for later in the race. Buescher faded through the pack and settled in for a long drive as Chastain battled Ty Dillon for the race lead.
Later, with Timothy Peters out front, the caution flag waved with 32 laps left for debris in turn two. That was the break Buescher needed. He came down pit road from eighth and his crew put four fresh tires on his Chevrolet Silverado.
The field returned to racing with 27 laps left and Chastain was able to take the lead from Peters when Peters slapped the wall coming out of turn two. Behind the battle for the lead, Buescher was slicing his way through the pack. He was up to fifth with 23 laps left and with 16 laps left he passed Peters for third.
It didn’t look like Buescher was going to have enough time to catch Chastain and second-place Ryan Blaney, but a crash with 13 to go involving Jeb Burton and Brandon Jones allowed Buescher to close the gap on the Brad Keselowski Racing teammates.
The field returned to racing with six laps left and Blaney was able to use the inside line to take the lead from Chastain. But behind the leaders Buescher made contact with Peters while battling for third, sending Peters into a spin at the exit of turn two to bring out another caution flag.