James Buescher was one of the few drivers to have made laps at one of NASCAR's most historic tracks, Darlington Raceway, before he got behind the wheel of his No. 31 Wolf Pack Rentals Chevrolet for the Too Tough to Tame 200. He made the most of...
James Buescher was one of the few drivers to have made laps at one of NASCAR's most historic tracks, Darlington Raceway, before he got behind the wheel of his No. 31 Wolf Pack Rentals Chevrolet for the Too Tough to Tame 200.
He made the most of that experience in his two practice sessions and, when it came time to qualify his truck, secured himself a prime starting position by scoring the second fastest lap time around the 1.336-mile oval.
Only three laps into the race, the "Lady in Black" struck and caused the field to slow for its first caution period. Buescher reported that he was "free turning in turn one." The second caution was displayed only one lap after the re-start, finding Buescher in the fourth-position.
Buescher soldiered on, running between fourth and sixth-place. On lap 33, he radioed to his crew chief that he was "tight everywhere." The third caution flag of the race flew 12 laps later, on lap 45, giving Buescher the opportunity to come down pit road to the attention of his Wolf Pack Rentals crew. After reporting that he was "tight through all corners," crew chief Mike Shelton ordered four scuff tires and a tank full of Sunoco race fuel before sending him back out on the track.
Unfortunately, the truck didn't react as expected to the adjustments, leaving Buescher to feel "loose on entry" on lap 53. The fourth caution was displayed on lap 56, as Buescher was scored in the ninth-position. In those three laps, his truck became "loose everywhere."
Buescher continued to hold on to his truck and, when the fifth caution of the race occurred on lap 74, he made a trip to his pit stall to receive four fresh tires and an air pressure adjustment. Though he re-started the race in 16th, he quickly moved up four positions to 12th-place by lap 85.
By lap 90, the young driver had made his way into the top-10 and came down for fuel only on the sixth caution of the race. By the seventh caution, on lap 95, Buescher reported that his truck was "not bad" and was coming to him."
The track known to be "too tough to tame" took its toll on Buescher's competition as the field was slowed again on lap 105 for the eighth caution of the night. When the green flag fell, Buescher held the sixth-position for the next 16 laps before moving into the top-five. By the ninth caution, he found his truck "tight in the center-off of both ends," and by lap 138 was "super tight on exit."
Buescher held on to his Wolf Pack Rentals Chevrolet for the remaining nine laps and took the checkered flag in seventh position, giving him his sixth top-10 finish of the year.
Todd Bodine was the race winner at Darlington. Timothy Peters, Ron Hornaday, Johnny Sauter and Austin Dillon rounded out the top-five.
After only a few days off, Buescher will be back on track Wednesday, August 18th when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series visits Bristol Motor Speedway for the O'Reilly 200.
JAMES BUESCHER: "We battled some handling issues tonight but I'm really glad we were able to get another top-10 finish, especially after having a couple of rough weeks. Racing at Darlington is a lot of fun -- it's nice to see the trucks back on track here and I think the fans got to see a great show and the kind of racing that Darlington is known for."
-source: turner motorsports