Busch hangs on to win truck race

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LOUDON, NH - Kyle Busch put on a dominating performance, but had to pass James Buescher for the lead with less than two laps remaining to win Saturday's TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 Camping World Truck Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Busch, who also won this race at New Hampshire one year ago, started on the pole and led 156 of 175 laps. But Buescher took the lead with 10 laps to go when he moved underneath Busch and Kevin Harvick while those two were battling for the top position.

A caution for an incident involving defending series champion Ron Hornaday Jr. set up a two-lap shootout to the finish. After the final restart, Busch passed Buescher on the backstretch and then held him off at the finish by 0.28 seconds for his fifth win of the season and the 21st of his Truck Series career. He has now won 80 races combined in all three of NASCAR's national touring series.

"It was a close race," Busch said. "The guys gave me a good truck today, but I tried messing it up. I couldn't go for the first 20 laps or so, but after that, we could run away. It took that long just to get going. I knew if we were going to have a race with late cautions, it would be a real pain."

Buescher's second-place run matched his career-best finish in the series. He also finished in the runner-up spot in May at Dover.

"I got a pretty good restart I thought, and I almost had [Busch] clear going into turn one," Buescher said. "He beat me through the center, but I was hanging on at the exit, and he tried to squeeze me into the fence. I had to lift, and he ended up hitting the fence. I guess if that's how he wants to win, then we'll go try to win Las Vegas [next Saturday]."

Busch and Harvick battled for the lead most of the race, but Harvick wound up finishing third.

"I raced [Busch] side by side for most of the day, but he drove into my corner panel, and I just started sliding there and then had to correct it," said Harvick, who led a total of 11 laps. "If I had to do it again, I probably would have just driven in further and hit him once."

Matt Crafton finished fourth, and rookie Austin Dillon took the fifth spot.

Timothy Peters, Johnny Sauter, Aric Almirola, Todd Bodine, the current points leader, and Bobby Hamilton Jr. completed the top-10.

Bodine's lead is now 257 points over Almirola.

Hornaday, a three-time truck race winner at New Hampshire, got spun around after Peters made contact with him in the closing laps. Prior to his crash, Hornaday had sustained damage to his right-front fender during an accident involving Mike Harmon. Hornaday finished 24th and fell to seventh in points (-484), as six races remain in the season.


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