FORT WORTH, Texas NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point leader James Buescher wanted to drive smart in Friday night's Winstar World Casino 350.
What he couldn't control was what happened around him.
The Plano native, who led 31 laps, finished 11th in the race won by Johnny Sauter as he wasn't able to overcome contact that damaged his No. 31 Great Clips Chevrolet on the second restart at Texas Motor Speedway.
The incident cost Buescher some of his lead as Ty Dillon finished fifth and trimmed Buescher's lead to 15 points with two races remaining in front of 55,000 at Buescher's home track.
It didn't have to be that way but a slow restart by Cale Gale ended up costing Buescher.
"The 33 (Gale) took two tires, spun the tire on the restart and I got damage," said Buescher, whose right rear fender was hit by Matt Crafton's No. 88 Toyota. "The truck flipped a switch and I was tight the rest of the night. We didn't want to put ourselves in any bad spots but we got put in bad spo...