Fort Worth, Texas -- James Buescher was 30 laps away from a trip to Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway, just about 43 miles from his hometown of Plano.
But it wasn’t meant to be.
“It would be awesome to win here at our own track. I mean, we won at Kansas but this would have been so much sweeter,” Buescher said. “We had close to 100 people here that are friends or family and it would have been really cool to bring them all to Victory Lane.”
Driving his No. 31 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet, Buescher fought up from his fourth place start and led six different times for 34 laps. But a tussle late in the race pushed him to a 15th place finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 400.
Everything changed in the 138th lap, when Buescher and No. 3 Ty Dillon began jockeying for first.
Dillon had already taken first from Buescher twice coming off pit row, thanks to some exceptional speed on the part of his pit crew. But on Lap 138, Dillon started getting physical, nudging into Buescher and causing both cars to spin out and fall behind.
“He was just trying to race for the win I guess, but there were 35 laps to go,” Buescher said. “There’s only so much room you can crowd somebody and we just ran out of real estate. I talked to Ty and I think him and I have an understanding for racing in the future.”
Dillon was less apologetic.
“If you’re not racing hard, you’re not going to pull over for somebody and let them win the race,” he said. “He has the right to be mad, but you know what, it’s just racing.”
Buescher is confident heading into his next Nascar Camping World Truck Series race in Kentucky. He has been to Victory Lane there before and believes he can return with the same truck he drove tonight.
Buescher is currently in fourth place in the Truck Series standings and hopes to improve on that position in Kentucky.
The UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway is June 28 at 7:30 p.m.