It was a tough night in the Bluegrass State for James Buescher and the No. 31 Wolf Pack Rentals Chevrolet team as two tire failures left the young team with a 22nd-place finish at Kentucky Speedway in the Built Ford Tough 225. Buescher was set...
It was a tough night in the Bluegrass State for James Buescher and the No. 31 Wolf Pack Rentals Chevrolet team as two tire failures left the young team with a 22nd-place finish at Kentucky Speedway in the Built Ford Tough 225.
Buescher was set to begin the 150-lap race in the 11th-position and poised to drive his way to a top-finish, but by lap six of the race, he had fallen two positions and reported to crew chief Michael Shelton that his truck was "tight through the center and exit."
When the first caution flag of the race was displayed on lap 19, Buescher came down pit road for four fresh tires, an air pressure adjustment, fuel and a spring rubber. He re-started the race in the 18th-position, confident in his ability to battle back into the top-10. After only 12 green flag laps, he reported that he was "leaning on the right front on exit and needs to get off of it," and only two laps later he found himself "loose on entry" and said the center went away.
Unfortunately, misfortune hit on lap 45 when Buescher lost his right front tire while running in the 12th-position. After receiving damage, specifically to the tow of his Wolf Pack Rentals Chevrolet, he came to pit road for repairs and fresh tires. But only seven laps after the re-start, he radioed that there was "something going on in the front end" stating that his truck had a vibration and was "unpredictable." He quickly began losing grip on the right front and cut another tire. After pitting for a new right front tire, Buescher found himself two laps down. Bad luck continued to plague the driver as he discovered a tire rub only four laps after receiving the new tire.
When the field was slowed to a caution pace on lap 75, Buescher found himself two laps down, but pitted his No. 31 truck to repair the tow. Until the next caution, the young driver felt that the tow was better but he was simply "dodging bullets" all night. He pitted once again on lap 83 to let his crew check for another tire rub and get four fresh tires. When the final caution of the night was displayed on lap 91, he felt that his truck was "a little bit free" but was sure it would come to him. After pitting for fuel only, he returned to the track to finish the race with a wounded truck in 22nd-place.
Todd Bodine was the race winner at Kentucky. Johnny Sauter, Aric Almirola and Jason White joined Ricky Carmichael to round out the top-five.
The Turner Motorsports team will enjoy its first weekend at home after a long nine-week stretch and return to action at Loudon on Saturday, September 18th.
JAMES BUESCHER: "What a long night in this Wolf Pack Rentals Chevrolet. After so many weeks of qualifying in the top-five, 11th-place wasn't where I really wanted to begin the race and, after that first tire went down, I was just battling the handling of the truck all night. The crew worked really hard on pit road all night to keep me in the race and, the good news is that the truck was fast. Just not the night we wanted, so we'll go back, take the week away from the track to re-group, and be ready to go again in Loudon."
-source: turner motorsports