James Buescher and his Turner Motorsports Wolf Pack Rentals team made their first trip to Pocono Raceway for the Pocono Mountains 125 with high hopes of mastering the three-turn triangular track and brought home a respectable 11th-place ...
James Buescher and his Turner Motorsports Wolf Pack Rentals team made their first trip to Pocono Raceway for the Pocono Mountains 125 with high hopes of mastering the three-turn triangular track and brought home a respectable 11th-place finish.
After two lengthy practice sessions, Buescher and his crew were set for a strong qualifying run. Buescher's lap time of 56.336 put him in the 11th-position to begin the 50-lap race.
With so many unknowns at a new track, the first caution flag flew on lap one of the race. The field took the green again two laps later with Buescher remaining in the 11th-position.
On lap six, Buescher had begun to settle into his No. 31 Chevrolet and get a good feel for his truck in race conditions. He reported to his crew that he was "tight in turn one, loose in turn three, but good in the tunnel turn." On lap 14, he felt that he was "throttle loose" but two laps later graded the handling of his truck as a five or six on a scale of one to 10.
By lap 20, Buescher had moved into the top 10. The second caution flag of the race flew only five laps later. He brought his truck to the attention of his Wolf Pack Rentals crew for a major adjustment -- four rounds down on the track bar, four tires, an air pressure adjustment and fuel. He re-started the race on lap 30 in the 11th-position.
The caution flag flew twice more, with Buescher making his way up to the fifth-position, when the crew discovered that the center splitter brace had broken. Buescher was running the fastest laps of the race and, though he was too tight in turn one, he felt he could make it work if he hit the right bumps.
When the fifth caution of the race was displayed on lap 45, Buescher was running in 10th-position but was slowed to a caution pace once more when the yellow was displayed for the final time on lap 50. After the first attempt at a Green-White-Checkered finish, he brought his No. 31 Wolf Pack Rentals across the finish line in 11th-position.
Elliott Sadler ended his lengthy winless when he took the checkered flag at Pocono. Kasey Kahne, Matt Crafton, Aric Almirola and Justin Lofton rounded out the top-five.
Buescher will be back on track next weekend at Nashville Superspeedway for the Nashville 200.
"My Wolf Pack Rentals Chevrolet team did a really great job this weekend. We had a really long day at the track on Friday and we weren't exactly sure what we were going to be up against at Pocono since we've never been here before, but the guys at Turner Motorsports gave me a really good truck and we had a clean race. There's so much fun stuff that's going to be going on in Nashville that I'm really looking forward to getting there to help support Make-A-Wish and the Rhythm and Race Festival."