Cale Gale Grinds Kyle Busch Into The Fence For The Win At Homestead


(WOMR file photo)

Another first time winner in the Camping World Truck Series occurred Friday night in The Ford EcoBoost 200 at Miami-Homestead Speedway.  In fact, it was the sixteenth (16) different winner on the 22 race season!

The finish of the race was fairly wild as Kyle Busch and Cale Gale crossed the finish line banging and beating up on each other.   The margin of victory was .014 seconds.  It reminded me of the Kurt Busch and Ricky Craven finish at the Southern 500 several years ago at Darlington!

After the race, the two drivers offered their views on the final laps.

Gale claimed the first victory of his career in a green-white-checkered-flag finish that took the race six laps beyond its scheduled distance of 134 laps. As he and Busch exited the final turn, Gale pinched Busch’s No. 18 Toyota against the outside wall, taking the checkered flag by a nose in a shower of sparks.

“I got drove into the fence,” Busch said. “That’s it. You saw it.”

Gale didn’t disagree.

“It’s not my style, but I knew that, if I could pinch him a little bit, I could get the advantage, and pretty much, that’s what I was thinking at that point,” Gale said. “A guy like me, it’s my first opportunity to come down for the checkered flag in a NASCAR race.

“Kyle’s a racer. He’s been in the same position I’ve been in. We’ve all seen hungry racers get an opportunity and take it. That’s what you have to do in this sport. He owes me, but I saw the checkers in the final race. That’s all I can say…

“When it comes down to the final straightaway to win at Homestead in the last race, and your first NASCAR win, I believe anybody would do it.”

I would think that Cale Gale will be racing next season looking out of his rear view mirror, in truck races that Kyle Busch is entered.  Knowing the psyche of ol KyBu, he will be laying low for Mr. Gale, when the opportunity prevails for ol Kylie, he will wad up Mr. Gale’s race truck!  It is called payback!

However the big prize, the Camping World Truck Series championship, was James Buescher’s!

James Buescher won the 2012 Camping World Truck Series championship Friday night with a 13th-place  finish in the season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The championship was his first in the series and gave team owner Steve Turner of Turner Motorsports his first title.

Rookie Ty Dillon of Richard Childress was involved in a wreck with Kyle Larson with just two laps to go and running second – and just a point behind Buescher – in the race.

He finished 25th in the race and third in points.

This year’s runner-up for the championship is Timothy Peters of Red Horse Racing.

One champion crowned, two more to go.

Who will be the last man standing?



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