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Buescher wins Truck Series title at Homestead

Associated Press Modified: November 16, 2012 at 10:31 pm •  Published: November 16, 2012

It was Gale's first win in 32 career starts. Busch, a Sprint Cup regular, looked as if he was the one to beat in the closing laps. But Gale left pit road with new tires; Busch had used all five sets of new ones.

And it showed.

Gale caught Busch on the final lap and passed him on the inside as they entered the third turn. The trucks made contact as they headed for the finish line, sparks lighting up the track, as Gale pinned Busch against the outside wall.

"I got drove into the fence," said Busch, clearly upset with the outcome.

Gale had no regrets.

"It's not my style, but I knew if I could pinch him a little bit I could get the advantage," Gale said. "A guy like me, that's my first opportunity to come down to the checkered flag in a NASCAR race. I mean, Kyle is a racer, he's been in the same position I've been in, and we've all seen, all hungry racers get an opportunity they're going to take it, and that's what you have to do in this sport.

"He owes me, but I mean, I seen the checkered in the final race. That's all I can say. ... I race about as clean as anybody. But 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 three-truck accident that set up the wild finish prompted a red flag that stopped the race for 10 minutes, 40 seconds.

Dillon, whose brother Austin won the Truck Series championship last year, was penalized for passing the pace car after the late wreck. He finished four laps back in 25th place and fourth in the championship race.

Buescher entered the tightest of NASCAR's three title races with an 11-point lead over Peters and a 12-point advantage over Dillon.

Had either of those guys won the race, Buescher would have been in trouble. He spent the latter half of the race near the back of the lead lap. It turned out to be a beneficial spot — one that helped him win the championship.