James Buescher won his first Camping World Truck Series race Saturday. The SFP 250 at Kansas Speedway was his 76th race, and has now logged his first Truck and Nationwide Series wins this year. The win is Turner Motorsports second win in a row, after Kasey Kahne won Rockingham last weekend. Buescher had 19 top five finishes in the Truck series before Saturday's win. The driver led 47 laps in the first half, and built a big lead in the second. After the race's final green flag stop, he had a 5.6 second lead over second place Timothy Peters. After the round of pit stops, during which the lead-pack teams tried a variety of strategies, Sprint Cup driver Brad Keselowski had a lead of about a second on Buescher. But Buescher who got four tires at his stop against Kes's two, passed him for the lead. With 5 laps left to go Buescher had a 3.3 second lead over Kes. The 22 year old has been doing well the last three weeks, placing 3rd. then 2nd. and now with a win. Peters maintained his Series lead, staying four points ahead of the surging Buescher. Rounding out the top five were Peters, Keslowski, Nelson Piquet Jr. and Todd Bodine.
The temperatures were right for Denny Hamlin. The tires were wrong for Martin Truex Jr. That may sound very understated for winning the STP 400, but that is what happened. Hamlin led the final 32 laps at Kansas Speedway when his No.11 Toyota came to life with the sunshine for the first time on Sunday. Denny credited the slicker track in the midday heat aiding him with his second win this season. While Hamlin was surging, Truex's Toyota was slumping despite leading 173 of 267 laps, in a race only marred by three cautions for 18 laps. The No.56 car knew right away there was a problem, he struggled to keep his Camry beneath him while being stalked and passed by Hamlin. The cars ran similar speeds for the final 20 laps but Truex could not close the gap. Even when the cloud cover returned the 56 could not close the gap. The blame was set on the "terrible tires", the top five were, Truex Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, and Greg Biffle.