Big Weekend For Win-Tron Racing Ends In Sour Finish At Talladega TALLADEGA, Alabama (October 7, 2008) - - The ARCA RE/MAX 250 had the potential to be huge for Win-Tron Racing and driver James Buescher. After capturing the ARCA SIM Factory pole...
Big Weekend For Win-Tron Racing Ends In Sour Finish At Talladega
TALLADEGA, Alabama (October 7, 2008) - - The ARCA RE/MAX 250 had the potential to be huge for Win-Tron Racing and driver James Buescher. After capturing the ARCA SIM Factory pole award Thursday afternoon, Buescher and the team would be plagued during Friday's event with transmission woes which eventually sidelined the No. 32 Mercedes Homes TOYOTA Camry.
Entering the 20th event on the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule with optimism, Buescher and the Minnesota-based Win-Tron Racing thrashed on their No. 32 TOYOTA Camry after exiting the open-test at Talladega last month still looking for more.
With hard work complete and confidence on the mend, Buescher took to the track on Thursday morning looking to prove just how strong his Win-Tron Racing team was.
In practice, Buescher whipped his Kevin Cywinski-owed machine around the 2.66-mile speedway to the 17th fastest time after mounting a lap of 51.031 seconds at 187.651 MPH. "Our car is really stable," said Buescher after practice. "Testing definitely paid off for us. This is a new car for this team and what we learned from the test and the changes we made before coming back here this week has showed to have paid off."
Heading into ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying, Buescher was focused on capturing his very first career pole. During his two-lap hustle around the Talladega, Alabama trip, Buescher posted a time of 51.493 seconds at 185.967 MPH. The lap was strong enough to give Win-Tron Racing their first superspeedway pole of the season in Buescher's inaugural Talladega debut.
"To grab the pole here is great," sounded Buescher. "I knew we had a shot but to make it happen is a testament to this Win-Tron Racing team. We have a great car, good motor and hard working guys. This is a team effort and it feels real good."
Starting in the prime spot, Buescher was looking forward to leading his first green flag laps at the legendary superspeedway. Unfortunately, Buescher didn't have a chance. As he brought the field to the green flag, Buescher's transmission gave way forcing the entire field to dash around the No. 32 Mercedes Homes-Red Line Oil TOYOTA Camry.
Reporting to his team that he had lost third gear, Buescher found himself shuffled mid-pack before using the drafting technique to maneuver himself back into the top-10.
Buescher had his lucky card out early when he missed a massive pileup on lap 12 putting Buescher back to sixth on the grid.
Knowing that he didn't have second gear, restarts would be trouble for the Plano, Texas native but he wasn't going to let the tough situation get the best of him.
Letting the field go high on the restart, Buescher would find himself comfortably in fourth gear on the restart still locking himself solidly in the top-15 where he would hold until the second caution of the day waived for an incident approaching lap 30.
With his TOYOTA Camry comfortable, crew chief Mike Chaffee called for tires and fuel during the pit stop. With the loss of now first, second and third gear exiting pit road would also hinder Buescher.
Trying to exit pit road, the clutch failed forcing Buescher to the garage area and an early exit from the ARCA RE/MAX 250.
"We're extremely disappointed because we had a good racecar," said a dejected Buescher after climbing from his racecar. "We were going to try and do the best we could under the circumstances but it just wasn't meant to be. I appreciate everyone's support. I know we had a car that was capable of winning the race, we'll just have to go and get them next time."
Nate Thiesse of Win-Tron Racing noted, "We're disappointed with the finish but we're proud of everyone on this team. James did a great job and it was a huge boost for this team to take the pole after our prior qualifying struggles on the superspeedways. Unfortunately, the race didn't go as planned but we'll move forward and hope to end the season on a positive note at Toledo Speedway."