Dover: James Buescher race report

James Buescher Overcomes Early Race Spin to Capture Second-Place * After a week of parting ways with Phoenix Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and returning to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series full-time with Turner Motorsports, James...

James Buescher Overcomes Early Race Spin to Capture Second-Place

* After a week of parting ways with Phoenix Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and returning to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series full-time with Turner Motorsports, James Buescher was ready to get back behind the wheel of his No. 31 Wolf Pack Rentals Chevrolet at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. Coming off their strong performance at Kansas Speedway two weeks ago and finishing final practice third on the speed charts at The Monster Mile, Buescher felt confident in his team and Chevrolet Silverado.

* During his qualifying effort, Buescher's Turner Motorsports Chevrolet was loose, but the 20-year-old still laid down a solid lap of 23.445 seconds to claim the 10th starting position for the Dover 200. This lap placed Buescher as the fastest go-or-go-home driver.

* Beginning the race from the outside of row five, Buescher quickly reported to crew chief Michael Shelton that his Chevrolet was "tight late off" when the first caution was displayed on lap six. Buescher, running in the 11th position, remained on the track and restarted on lap nine.

* While settling into a rhythm early in the event, Buescher received left-rear contact from a fellow competitor, sending the Wolf Pack Rentals truck spinning. The Texas native did a fantastic job of not hitting the wall on the high-banked track. Buescher brought his Chevrolet to the attention of his crew before pit road was open to get four tires, fuel, and an air pressure adjustment.

* Restarting on lap 25 from the 24th position, Buescher broke into the top-20 in a short four laps. Over the next 25 miles, the youngster was "loose everywhere" around the concrete oval but held onto his position. As the caution came out once again on lap 54, Shelton called Buescher to pit road for right-side tires, and air pressure and spring rubber adjustments.

* Buescher restarted on lap 59 from 11th-place, but was shuffled back as there were varying pit strategies. Five laps later, the Turner Motorsports Chevrolet was scored in the 16th position, but Buescher kept working and gained three spots by the time the next caution waved on lap 87. The No. 31 truck returned to pit road for four tires, fuel, and an air pressure adjustment to help the "tight on exit" handling condition.

* The field went back to green-flag conditions on lap 91, with Buescher in the 13th position. Over the next 35 laps, the Wolf Pack Rentals Chevrolet moved up to eighth-place, as the young gun said his truck was pretty "neutral." The caution came out on lap 124 and Buescher returned to pit road for four tires and fuel, scoring the driver in the 16th position on the restart.

* In just 25 laps, Buescher had placed himself back in the top-10, to attain eighth-place. A caution for a single-car accident came out on lap 173, with just 27 laps remaining. Shelton called Buescher to pit road for right-side tires and fuel. The majority of the field remained on the race track, relegating the No. 31 to 15th-place on the lap 176 restart.

* Buescher methodically passed his competitors to take over 12th-place by lap 190. A late race caution slowed the field on lap 194 to place the Wolf Pack Rentals Chevrolet in the 10th position when the field restarted on lap 197. Buescher made strong moves to pass numerous front-runners who had problems on the restart positioning his Chevrolet in fifth-place for the green-white-checkered finish.

* As Buescher's competitors continued to have fuel pick-up problems on the final restart, the door was opened for the No. 31 Wolf Pack Rentals Chevrolet to capitalize and gain additional positions. With one lap to go, Buescher was racing hard with Justin Lofton for second-place. The two drivers drag-raced to the checkered flag with Buescher edging Lofton by a nose, to claim the second position.

Aric Almirola won the Dover 200. Buescher, Lofton, Carmichael, and Todd Bodine completed the top-five finishing positions.

JAMES BUESCHER:

HOW WAS YOUR RACE?

"It's pretty awesome. It's only our second run out with this No. 31 Wolf Pack Rentals team and I can't thank Steve, Sandra and the whole Turner family enough. This is my best finish in NASCAR and it's awesome that we were able to finish this well so quickly. Turner Motorsports is our family team just about and to have my truck and Carmichael's truck in the top-five is huge. This is our team's first top-five finishes and we got two of them. It's almost just like a win. I'm probably just as excited as Aric (Almirola) is, and I just can't thank all of these guys enough for all of their hard work all winter long. This is definitely the start of good things to come for sure."

-source: tms

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Aric Almirola , Justin Lofton , James Buescher
Teams Turner Motorsport , Phoenix Racing