Dillon, Buescher Enjoy Solid Runs In Kentucky
After picking up his first win of the season last week at Kentucky Speedway and jumping three spots to third in the standings, Ty Dillon proved that he is a contender for the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title.
Dillon captured his first NCWTS win of the season and second in his career in the UNOH 225 and said the win couldn’t have come at a better time for him and his team.
“I don’t know what it is that fits our driving style, but we were just comfortable with it (Kentucky Speedway),” said Dillon. “Marcus (Richmond) and the guys did an awesome job of dialing the (truck) in throughout the night.”
Reigning champion James Buescher hopes his first top-five run of the season is a sign of things to come in his efforts to defend his title. For Buescher, picking up the solid finish is just what his team needed.
“It was a great night for our Fraternal Order of Eagles team,” said Buescher. “We have been having great runs all season long, but we just haven’t had the finishes we were looking for. I feel like we are finally starting to get the results we deserve, and I am confident that we’ll be in Victory Lane very soon.”
Last season, Buescher used four wins on 1.5-mile tracks to put him in championship contention that eventually led him and his team to celebrate their first championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.
The defending champion has struggled throughout the first third of the season with only four top-10 finishes and one Keystone Light Pole Award (Kansas).
Crafton Represents Series In Style During Nationwide Race
Matt Crafton is enjoying a successful season having finished in the top 10 in all eight races and is leading Jeb Burton by 22 points in the championship standings.
On Friday night, Crafton added to his impressive resume by making his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Kentucky Speedway, where he finished third in the rain-shortened event.
“(Crew Chief) Ernie (Cope) has a great, great group of guys,” said Crafton. “I was honestly just trying to get a feel of the race car early on and they told me we were two-tenths ahead on the sheet and I said ‘oh, OK.’ That tells you how good a group of guys they have back at the shop putting these cars together.”
Crafton credited Menard’s owner (John Menard) and Rheem for making this opportunity possible and the Tulare, Calif., native hopes this is just a glimpse into the future with his NNS opportunities.
“I can’t thank John and everyone enough. We have been talking about doing this for two or three years and everything just lined up. We’ve got two more (races) to go and hopefully get two more spots (in the finish),” Crafton said.
Two NCWTS points-eligible drivers posted NASCAR Nationwide Series wins in 2012: James Buescher at Daytona and Nelson Piquet Jr. at Road America.
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James Buescher will return to NNS action this weekend in Daytona. Buescher, who won the season-opening NNS race at Daytona in 2012, will pilot a Turner Scott Motorsports entry in a series in which he has 13 top-10 finishes in addition to his win. … Stand-alone events come up next at Iowa Speedway on July 13, and the first-ever race on dirt at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway for the Mudsummer Classic on July 24.