James Buescher and the No. 31 team head to Atlanta Motor Speedway for a Friday-night race under the lights. The Texan has two previous starts at the Georgia quad-oval, completing 100% of the scheduled laps in both of those events on his way to earning one top-10 and an average finish of 12th.
Turner Motorsports has been the team to beat at the intermediate tracks in 2012, earning five wins in eight NCWTS races at tracks one to two miles in length. Buescher is responsible for three of the five Turner victories, all three of which came at 1.5-mile tracks (Kansas Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway).
This weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the No. 31 truck will carry a very special message on its tonneau cover: "In Memory of Beau Slocumb." Slocumb, a fabricator for Turner Motorsports and a native of Macon, Ga., lost his battle with cancer a little over a year ago. Slocumb was a racer himself, having made four ARCA Racing Series starts in 2009 and logging an impressive 7.0 starting average combined with a solid 11.2 average finish.
The 26-year-old driver logged a pair of top-10 finishes over those four starts including a career-best fifth-place finish at Kansas Speedway. Slocumb began his career racing Legends cars and climbed the professional ladder through the late model ranks, earning 131 feature wins in Legends and late model competition, eventually making his mark in the ARCA series.
The No. 31 Central Wire Chevrolet Silverado team will unload chassis TMS-220 this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This is a brand-new truck and will hit the track for the first time this Friday.
Buescher and the No. 31 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet team rolled into the half-mile high-banked Bristol Motor Speedway sporting the blue and gold colors of sponsor Exide Batteries and made it through the overtime race unscathed, finishing in the seventh position.
Buescher on returning to Atlanta Motor Speedway: "I'm really looking forward to Atlanta. It's a fast, wide-open racetrack. It has a lot of grooves, so you can run anywhere from the white line all the way up to the wall. Tires wear out fast there, so there's a lot of slipping and sliding.
I'm obviously really excited about getting back to a mile-and-a-half racetrack; Turner Motorsports as a whole has run so well at the intermediates this year. We're bringing a new truck this week, and I have a feeling it's going to be even better than the one I got all three of my wins in."
Source: Turner Motorsports