With six laps left in Saturday’s Michigan National Guard 200 at Michigan International Speedway, Kyle Busch appeared destined to win his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the two-mile track.
But James Buescher, the reigning series champion, rewrote the script with a daring three-wide pass on Lap 97 of 100 and held on to win his first NCWTS event of the season and the fifth of his career.
Busch, who finished second at Michigan for the fourth time, held the runner-up spot, followed by Ty Dillon, Joey Logano and Miguel Paludo.
Paludo grabbed the lead with a two-tire pit stop on Lap 57 and held it through a pair of cautions — until Busch got the upper hand moments after a restart on Lap 79.
But at a track where the aerodynamic draft played a huge role in the performance of the trucks, Paludo stayed close to the bumper of Busch’s No. 51 Toyota until debris from Brett Moffitt’s blown tire caused the seventh caution of the afternoon on Lap 90.
After a restart on Lap 95, Busch kept the top spot until his Tundra got loose in Turn 3 as he was trying to protect the lead in a three-car battle with Buescher and Brendan Gaughan.