James Buescher began the 2012 NASCAR season with no wins and no championships to his credit.

That all changed this year.

Buescher, a 22-year-old Texas native and a Mooresville resident, won four Camping World Truck Series races and the series championship in his second full season.

He also captured his first Nationwide Series victory on Feb. 25 at Daytona International Speedway.

“That kind of opened the floodgates with wins,” Buescher said.

Buescher’s No. 31 Chevy emerged as a title threat early in the season, but he had to fend off veteran Timothy Peters and young upstarts Ty Dillon and Joey Coulter to win the Truck Series crown.

Just six points separated Buescher from Peters when the season ended on Nov. 16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but the advantage – and the title – went to Buescher.

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• 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion

• Won the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway

• Four Truck Series wins in 2012 were most in a single season in Turner Motorsports history

• Became the youngest winner in ARCA Racing Series history when he won his first race, the 2007 Construct Corps/Palm Beach Grading 250 at U.S.A. International Speedway, as a 17-year-old rookie

– Aaron Burns