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Posted by: newsla on Oct 30, 2012 - 04:07 PM
Winstar World Casino 350 Advance & Entry List

Texas Motor Speedway was the site of James Buescher's last championship eight years ago and when he competes in Friday evening's WinStar World Casino 350 it could turn out to be the site that determines his most important title quest to date.


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Buescher, a 22-year-old native of Plano, Texas who won the speedway's Bandolero Young Gun Series as a teenager, returns to his home track in a strong position to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship with Turner Motorsports and further cement his reputation as one of the sport's rising stars.

Buescher (No. 31 Great Clips Chevrolet) claimed the series points lead from rookie Ty Dillon following Saturday's race at Martinsville and heads to Texas Motor Speedway holding a 21-point advantage with two races remaining. While Dillon limped home to a 28th-place finish following a blown tire, Buescher battled back from a lap down to secure a sixth-place finish and the championship lead.

Buescher, who finished third in the NCWTS championship last year, is enjoying a breakout season that has propelled him atop the championship standings. He leads the series in wins (4) and top-five finishes (10), and has finished among the top 10 in 14 of the 19 races, including nine of his last 10.

He has excelled on 1.5-mile layouts as all four of his wins (Chicago, Kansas and Kentucky twice) have come on that configuration. Texas Motor Speedway may be a boon to his championship chances, with it being a 1.5-mile speedway and also his "home track."

Buescher has three top-10 finishes in his last five starts at Texas Motor Speedway, with a best of sixth twice (2010 summer and fall events). He has been a strong qualifier during that span, with four starts among the top four. That includes a season sweep of the NCWTS poles last season.

"I'm really looking forward to going back to my home track," Buescher said. "Texas Motor Speedway is where I first started my racing career, so to be able to come back home this weekend with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points lead really means a lot to me. We had a race get away from us earlier this year at Texas, so I'm really excited about the chance to put our Great Clips Silverado in Victory Lane for the first time at my home track."

Tickets for the WinStar World Casino 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, Nov. 2, are still available and can be purchased by calling (817) 215-8500 or by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com.

Click here for the official WinStar World Casino 350 entry list.
Texas Truck Stop

Kyle Busch will kick off his weekend of triple duty by competing in Friday evening's WinStar World Casino 350, followed by Saturday's Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge and Sunday's Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500.

This will be the eighth consecutive season that Busch competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fall race at Texas Motor Speedway, where he owns five top-five finishes and two victories (2009, '10). He will be driving the No. 18 Dollar General Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports in only his second NCWTS start of the season. His other start came at Atlanta, where he finished second.

Busch was scheduled to run the triple in last year's fall weekend, but that plan was derailed by his actions in this race. On Lap 15 of the WinStar World Casino 350, Busch and Ron Hornaday Jr. got tangled up and Busch retaliated by intentionally wrecking Hornaday Jr. during the caution and subsequently ending the veteran's chances for the championship. Busch was subsequently parked by NASCAR for the remainder of the weekend, prohibiting him from competing in the Nationwide and Sprint Cup races.
Staying Alive

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship contenders Timothy Peters and Ty Dillon are coming off two very different outcomes last weekend in Martinsville, but both are looking to Texas Motor Speedway to keep them in the title hunt.

Peters has rebounded from a three-race stretch of finishes outside of the top 10 with three consecutive top-10 efforts, including seventh at Martinsville after starting on the pole, to leave him third in the championship. He is 25 points behind the leader, James Buescher, and just four back of Dillon.

"We're going for wins and that's what it's going to take for us to get back on top," Peters said. "It's going to come down to the checkered flag at Homestead to find out who wins. We've got our work cut out for us, but we're looking forward to Texas."

Peters definitely will have his work cut out for him at Texas if he is in need of a win. He has only been able to muster one top-10 finish - seventh in the summer race of 2010 - in nine career starts at Texas Motor Speedway.

Dillon also is eyeing a win at Texas Motor Speedway and hopeful that the Martinsville finish was just a blip on a strong season. He was seemingly in control of the championship with four top-five finishes over the last five races before his disastrous misfortune in Martinsville. His one-point lead on Buescher turned into a 21-point deficit after his No. 3 Chevrolet blew a tire and nosed into the wall on Lap 151, resulting in a 28th-place finish.

Dillon only has two NCWTS starts at Texas Motor Speedway, but has been strong in both outings. He finished third in last fall's WinStar World Casino 350 and followed with a seventh-place finish while leading 22 laps in this summer's WinStar World Casino 400.

"It's a fun track to race and we had a decent finish there in the spring," Dillon said. "We have a strong team and just have to keep our heads down and keep digging for the last few races. I have a lot of confidence in my team that we can win another race before the season is over and we're hoping to do that in Texas."
Last Lap

The WinStar World Casino 350 will feature six previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winners at Texas Motor Speedway. The list is highlighted by the three winningest truck series drivers at TMS with Todd Bodine (6), Brendan Gaughan (4) and Ron Hornaday Jr. (3). Kyle Busch, a two-time truck series winner at TMS; Dennis Setzer, a two-time winner; and Johnny Sauter, winner of June's WinStar World Casino 400, also will be competing. ... German Quiroga, a three-time champion of NASCAR's Toyota Mexico Series, will make his debut at Texas Motor Speedway during the WinStar World Casino 350 driving the No. 51 for Kyle Busch Motorsports. In Quiroga's season debut at Talladega Superspeedway earlier this month he finished eighth. ... Texas Motor Speedway has been accustomed to hosting exciting NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races and it is no more evident than the close finishes that have occurred during the previous four WinStar World Casino 350 events. Every WinStar World Casino 350 race since 2008 has been decided by less than a second, including last year's race won by Kevin Harvick as he edged out Austin Dillon by 0.294 seconds.

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