SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Because of the high standard he set in June, James Buescher didn't expect to dominate his return trip to Kentucky Speedway.
He ended up being dominant anyway Friday night in the NASCAR Trucks race, making it look as easy as he did almost three months ago. Strong pit stops set the stage for Buescher to seize control once the cautions faded, and there was no catching him after that.
"I wouldn't say it was a dominating performance like the last time we were here, but we led the most laps and dominated anyway," said Buescher, who led three times for 64 laps after starting eighth.
"I've got to thank the guys on the team. They've won four races with the same truck. We'll dust it off and take it to another mile-and-a-half (track)."
For the moment Buescher is savoring a season sweep of the 1.5-mile track that moved him closer to rookie Ty Dillon in the series standings. His fourth victory of the season bumped him a spot to second and within four points of Dillon with six races remaining.
Parker Kligerman was second and Dillon third, finishes neither expected on a night featuring fits and starts thanks to a wreck-filled first half that saw 34 of 55 laps run under caution. There were seven overall for 38 laps and Kligerman caused the final one on lap 81, though he avoided major trouble with his spin and quickly recovered to crack the top 10.
Catching Buescher was out of the question.
"We had one of those nights where everything could have gone against us," Kligerman said. "We went into recovery mode and from there tried to chase down the 31 (Buescher) and came up short."
Said Dillon: "We were happy with our race. ... I'll take this kind of day, any day."
Though Buescher seemed to have a strong truck, he had to wait a while before showing its dominance. That's because the cautions denied many of the contenders the long green-flag runs they wanted.