Nashville II: James Buescher race report

* After a week promoting a very special event to raise funding for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee, James Buescher made his fifth career start at Nashville Superspeedway and finished the evening of racing in the 16th-position. *...

* After a week promoting a very special event to raise funding for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee, James Buescher made his fifth career start at Nashville Superspeedway and finished the evening of racing in the 16th-position.

* Buescher was the last driver to take to the track for his qualifying run on Saturday afternoon and, after two laps around the 1.33-mile speedway, positioned himself to take the green flag in 13th-place.

* The field slowed to a caution pace for the first time on lap three when Buescher reported that he was "tight high," but his Turner Motorsports truck turned well on the bottom of the track.

* Only two laps after re-starting the race, Buescher brought his No. 31 Chevrolet to the attention of his Turner Motorsports crew when he had a left rear tire go down. The crew changed his left side tires, and sent him back out to battle through the field.

* By the time the second caution flag flew on lap 17, Buescher was scored in the 28th-position. He came down pit road once more for right side tires after reporting that his truck was "loose center." He gained a spot on pit road and re-started the race in the 27th-position on lap 21.

* Unfortunately, his loose condition persisted and by lap 33, he was reporting that his truck was "crazy loose." Though the loose conditions continued, as he stated that, on a scale of one -10, his truck was a "10 loose," the young driver was able to climb through the field and found himself running in the top-20.

* When the caution flag was again displayed on lap 64, Buescher was running in 16th-place when he came down pit road to receive four fresh tires with an air pressure adjustment. But by lap 80, he was once again reporting "loose off" handling conditions.

* Buescher continued to battle and, by the next caution on lap 107, was running in the 15th-position. He radioed to his team that he was "rolling over the right rear." He came down pit road for four tires and fuel, with the hope that the new tires would help the handling of the truck.

* By lap 114, the loose conditions had worsened. While running in 16th-place, he reported that his Chevrolet was the "loosest it has been" all race. And, only nine laps later, stated that the "right rear feels like its on ice."

* He fought the handling of the truck and finally, on lap 128, felt that it was "just now starting to become drivable." He motored on for the remaining 22 laps of the race and finished the evening in 16th-place.

Todd Bodine took the checkered flag at Nashville. Austin Dillon, Aric Almirola, Timothy Peters and Johnny Sauter rounded out the top-five.

* Buescher will be back on track next weekend at the historic Darlington Raceway for the Too Tough To Tame 200.

JAMES BUESCHER:

"We had a really great week leading up to the Nashville race, raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and supporting the Rhythm and Race Festival, but the 16th-place finish definitely isn't what we wanted for the night. I'm going to put it behind me though and look forward to Darlington where I'm hoping we can get back into our rhythm and get back to those top-five finishes we had been enjoying."

-source: tms

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Johnny Sauter , Timothy Peters , James Buescher , Austin Dillon
Teams Turner Motorsport