Who to Watch: Trucks Head to the Irish Hills

Who’s as lucky as a leprechaun and who’s going to be looking for a four leaf clover in the Irish Hills of Michigan this weekend?

Proud new papa James Buescher has a fourth and fifth place finish the past two years, sitting fourth in the points he needs a win this season.

In the past four races, Timothy Peters averaged a 7th place finish. Currently 10th in the points and 85 markers back, Peters and his team need to regroup and find some magic as the season winds down.

Miguel Paludo is on a top-10 streak this season, totaling seven and tying his 2011 career high record. In just two previous MIS races, Paludo has finished third and tenth respectively. With those numbers in Paludo’s favor and adding to it that he is still searching for his first career win, Miguel will be fighting for another top-10 but preferably a win.

It’s hard to count Ty Dillon as a driver to watch with just one previous race BUT he did finish sixth in that race. With his older brother Austin garnering the media attention this weekend, Ty could really one up him with a trip to victory lane.

Atop the list of those looking for that four leaf clover this weekend,  current points leader Matt Crafton. With an average finish of 17.9, that is going to shrink the points gap if the ThorSport crew has not made any gains.

Joining his ThorSport teammate in the “in need of luck” category is Johnny Sauter. With four starts at Michigan, he only brings home an average finish of 13.5, a number that is not so lucky or good for a driver of his caliber.

Young Dakoda Armstrong has a new Crew Chief (Sauter’s former, Joe Shear Jr.) calling the race this weekend and they need to get some positive momentum going for the Turn One Racing team.

Now that you’ve read who I am watching, who’s on your list?

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By Andy Marquis

Andy Marquis is the Editor and Content Manager for the Late Model Stock Car racing website, Marquis has numerous years of journalistic experience from politics to racing.

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