Just like last season during his run to his first NASCAR championship, the second half of the season is proving to be James Buescher’s time of the year. Buescher picked up his first win at Iowa Speedway and now he returns to Chicagoland Speedway where he won last year. With his second victory in the past four races, the Texas native now sits just 37 points behind leader Matt Crafton.
Buescher’s path to his first title was similar in that he was in the same spot in the standings (third) last year entering the final third of the season. The Katy, Texas native has enjoyed a mid-season turnaround that has seen his average finish over the first half of the season – 11th – improve to fourth over the past four races, thanks to a pair of wins (Michigan and Iowa) over that time span.
With the help of his recent surge in the standings, Buescher has improved from a season-low of 12th-place in the standings heading into Kansas Speedway to his current second-place standing.
Two of Buescher’s four wins came last year at Kentucky Speedway, a track that has already hosted its lone truck race this season back in June. If Buescher is going to catch Crafton, his ability to run up front in the four 1.5-mile tracks remaining on the schedule could be the key.
In addition to Chicagoland Speedway this weekend, the teams also will compete on intermediate tracks at Las Vegas, Texas and Homestead-Miami Speedways.