SPEEDY ON OLD TIRES, BUESCHER LIKES LOWE'S; RECOVERS FROM LATE RACE SPIN TO RECORD 12TH PLACE FINISH CONCORD, N.C. (May 17, 2009) -- James Buescher's first trek to the mile-and-a-half quad-oval at Lowe's Motor Speedway could be summed up as ...
SPEEDY ON OLD TIRES, BUESCHER LIKES LOWE'S; RECOVERS FROM LATE RACE SPIN TO RECORD 12TH PLACE FINISH
CONCORD, N.C. (May 17, 2009) -- James Buescher's first trek to the mile-and-a-half quad-oval at Lowe's Motor Speedway could be summed up as "highlight-worthy."
During Friday afternoon's practice session, the truck driven by Brian Scott pulled out onto the track in front of Buescher during his mock qualifying run, resulting in a high-speed tight-rope walk by the 19-year-old. After that, Buescher bobbled his International MaxxForce Ford F-150 on multiple occasions during his qualifying lap. His reason? "It might have been a little bit loose there," said a grinning Buescher.
Unfortunately for Buescher, his head-turning qualifying lap went for naught when a rainstorm wiped out the session after 21 trucks took time. Buescher started 14th, based on current owner points.
Buescher began the race with a truck that was "loose on entry, tight in the center and on exit" but a lap 28 caution allowed crew chief Jamie Jones to apply a much-needed track bar adjustment in what turned out to be a strategic gas-only stop. Without taking tires, Buescher would restart fourth.
He moved up third before a wild wreck on lap 34 prompted a red flag condition. Once the field re-fired, Buescher found the balance in his Ford F-150, piloting a truck on old tires and never dropping as low as seventh on the scoring pylon. A timely caution with less than 40 laps to go, gave the Circle Bar Racing team the break they needed, calling in Buescher for four new tires and gas to go for a final charge to the front. He would restart the race in seventh place.
On lap 107, Buescher was running side-by-side with David Starr when Buescher got loose and spun but avoided making any contact. At Jamie Jones's request, Buescher brought the truck into the pit area for four fresh tires as he would line up 14th--the last truck on the lead lap with only a handful of laps remaining.
Buescher climbed up to as high as 11th before stalling out in the running order. Teammate Rick Crawford passed Buescher at the start-finish line, giving Buescher his second-straight 12th place finish in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition.
You've raced at LMS during the Summer Shootout (Legends Car race) but this was your first time on the quad-oval. How did you like it?
"It was some good racing. I'm happy that we were able to run so well on old tires. Jamie (Jones) made a great call to not take on tires during the first stop and that gave us the track position we needed tonight. If not for the spin, we could have gotten our first top-five finish, so I hate that for these International MaxxForce guys. They did a great job this weekend and I'm really proud of them."
You were suffering from a combination of allergies and flu-like symptoms throughout the day. Did that affect you during the race at all?
"I guess you could watch the highlights from today and think that (laughs) but I stayed hydrated and took a nap before the race started. Once I was in the truck, my focus was on the race, so that made things a little more comforting. My team knew I wasn't feeling well and they took good care of me tonight."