By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on RubbingsRacing.com)
James Buescher drove an incredible race all day long Saturday in New Hampshire, but he just didn’t have anything for Kyle Busch or Kevin Harvick… That is until Harvick and Busch made contact while battling for the lead.
As they drifted up, Buescher went low, and captured the lead.
At lap 166 of the 175 lap event, Buescher found himself in position to pull off the ultimate upset.
Then Timothy Peters made contact with Ron Hornaday, that sent the four-time Camping World Truck Series champion spinning out of the race. This brought out the caution, and it was time for Buescher to see if he could hold off Kyle Busch on a green-white-checkered finish.
On the restart Busch used the low line to edge ahead of Buescher, but coming off of turn two Busch slid up the track into Buescher. From there it would be all “Rowdy” the rest of the way for his 21st career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory, and his 80th career win between all of NASCAR’s “Big Three” divisions.
Buescher would hold on to second place. Following him to the line were Kevin Harvick, Matt Crafton, and super-rookie Austin Dillon.
According to Busch his winning maneuver to squeeze Buescher into the wall was necessary to his shot at winning the race.
“On that last restart I knew I needed to have a good run through one and two. And if I didn’t clear him off of two then he was going to run all the way down the back straightaway and side draft me and get back along side of me and get me loose in three,” Busch said.
“So I knew I had to clear him, regardless of what was going to happen I had to clear him. I tried rubbing off on him. You know he was still there a little bit and turned me into the wall.”
Buescher who was seeking his first career victory, wasn’t at all pleased that Busch roughed him up for the win.
“The 2 (Harvick) and the 18 (Busch), kinda got racy and slid up the track together, and we were there to take advantage of it. We slid into the lead and kind of checked out and the caution came back out,” Buescher said.
“We got a good restart, and beat Kyle into one, and he beat me off two, and he just went to the fence. He wasn’t clear at all. He drove like he had no truck on his outside, and he hit my left front and ended up in the wall. He just drove us dirty and got the win, and we hung in for a second-place finish.”
In all it was a great race where Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick swapped the lead all day long, and it was capped with a dramatic finish.
Any time Kyle Busch reigns victorious there seems to be some sort of controversy. The question this time is: Did he go to far? Perhaps, but any competitor should really expect that out of driver No. 18.