BUESCHER DODGES TORNADOES FOR 12TH PLACE FINISH KANSAS CITY, Kan. (April 28, 2009) -- With five career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts under his belt going into the weekend, it was safe to assume that James Buescher was used to the...
BUESCHER DODGES TORNADOES FOR 12TH PLACE FINISH
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (April 28, 2009) -- With five career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts under his belt going into the weekend, it was safe to assume that James Buescher was used to the rigors of the rough racing the series has to offer. But the rookie probably wasn't prepared for having to hide from tornadoes.
The O'Reilly 250 at Kansas Speedway started on Saturday evening but a severe tornado watch pushed the race to Monday afternoon in a trying weekend for every Truck Series team--Buescher's Circle Bar Racing team included.
Buescher didn't let the tumultuous weather hinder his performance though. Starting eighth on Saturday, he suffered from a flat right front tire and dropped in the running order until a caution flag period allowed for a much-needed tire change. It was shortly after that when the race was red-flagged and eventually re-scheduled to resume on Monday.
Back on the track after an unexpected day off, the rally back to the front of the pack was in kick-start mode. Buescher had no major complaints about the truck's handling but didn't take kindly to feeling out-powered on the straight-aways citing, "(The truck) has no speed when I'm running wide open." The International MaxxForce crew helped alleviate some of the heartache as crew chief Jamie Jones used varying pit strategy to gain spots.
Buescher was running in the 12th position on lap 132 when the red flag came out for rain. NASCAR ended the event on lap 132, 35 laps short of the scheduled distance.
Describe your (extended) weekend in Kansas City:
"It was long. And tiring, but I'm glad it's finished now. The race wasn't the best we've had by any means but I'm glad we didn't let the right front flat (tire) dictate the outcome. Our truck was a lot better than what we showed, we just encountered a ton of problems and a lot of that was because it was such a crazy weekend. I think this International MaxxForce team is good enough to bounce back so hopefully we can put together a good run in Charlotte."