James Buescher Claims Third Consecutive Top-Six Finish at his Home James Buescher came into the eighth race of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season at Texas Motor Speedway, looking to continue his string of top-five finishes, dating back...
James Buescher Claims Third Consecutive Top-Six Finish at his Home
James Buescher came into the eighth race of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season at Texas Motor Speedway, looking to continue his string of top-five finishes, dating back to Dover (Del.) International Speedway. Buescher, a Plano, Texas native and current Katy, Texas resident, wanted nothing more than to have a successful weekend at his home state track.
During Thursday night's qualifying session at the Fort Worth track, Buescher laid down a lap of 30.346 seconds to capture the third starting position. This effort was the 20-year-old's second highest starting spot in the Truck Series through his young career.
Rolling off from the inside of row two, Buescher fell back one position to fourth-place by the completion of lap one, to feel out the handling conditions of his No. 31 Wolf Pack Rentals Chevrolet. Shortly after the green-flag flew, Buescher reported to crew chief Michael Shelton that his Silverado was too "tight on entry and exit." As the first caution slowed the field on lap 20, Shelton called the youngster to pit road for four tires, fuel, and track bar and air pressure adjustments.
Numerous other competitors used varying pit strategies for fuel only or two tires, which cost Buescher three spots on the track and forced the Wolf Pack Chevrolet to restart from the seventh position on lap 24. As Buescher still reported a "plowing tight" handling condition, a 40-lap green-flag run ensued which forced the Texas native to take care of his right-front tire. Through this process, Buescher dropped back to 10th-place by lap 60.
Two short laps later, Buescher reported to his Wolf Pack Rentals team that he felt his right-front tire slowly going down and wasn't sure if the tire would make it through the entire fuel run. Because of this, Shelton called Buescher to pit road under green for four tires and fuel, in addition to air pressure and spring rubber adjustments. Buescher lost two laps while pitting and returned to the 1.5-mile track in the 20th position.
The field began to cycle through green-flag pit stops, allowing Buescher to regain one of his laps and move into 10th-place by lap 75. On lap 77, the caution waved and Shelton called Buescher back to pit road to top off with fuel. Remaining one lap down to the leaders, Buescher restarted from the 11th position.
Five laps later with Buescher in position to receive the Lucky Dog Award, the caution was waved once again for an accident on the backstretch, which allowed the No. 31 Chevrolet to regain its position on the lead lap. The field went back to green-flag conditions on lap 92, with Buescher scored in ninth-place.
Another 40-lap green-flag period developed, forcing Buescher to continue his longest run on a set of tires. Despite this caution-free run, Buescher continued to gain positions, as he was scored in eighth-place at lap 120. Feeling his right-front tire cord, Buescher was called to pit road under green-flag conditions for four tires and fuel on lap 128.
Unfortunately, an untimely caution waved once again on lap 130, trapping Buescher two laps down. Instead of coming to pit road, the Wolf Pack Rentals team chose to take the wave around and regain one of their laps. The green-flag waved to restart the field on lap 135, with Buescher in the 14th position.
Buescher drove hard to put himself in position for another Lucky Dog Award, but fell one spot short as another caution slowed the field on lap 156, with the No. 31 Chevrolet scored in 12th-place. The restart on lap 161 placed Buescher in the 11th position and the young gun quickly moved around a fellow competitor to be in position to receive his lap back.
Good luck finally came Buescher's way as the final caution of the night waved on lap 164, three laps short of the checkered flag. Buescher was the Lucky Dog Award recipient for the second time in the 167-lap event and restarted in ninth-place on lap 168 for a green-white-checkered finish.
In the final two laps, Buescher passed three competitors to come home with a sixth-place finish, his third consecutive top-six effort.
Todd Bodine won the Winstar World Casino 400. Johnny Sauter, Austin Dillon, Mike Skinner, and Ken Schrader rounded out the top-five finishing positions.
Buescher and the No. 31 Wolf Pack Rentals Chevrolet will head to Michigan International Speedway, this Saturday, June 12th.
JAMES BUESCHER: HOW WAS YOUR RACE? "Each week I continue to be proud of my Wolf Pack Rentals team. This is the same Chevrolet that we raced with in Charlotte and it was good again here at Texas. These Turner Motorsports guys never gave up all race even when we got caught two laps down twice. We kept plugging away and finally got a little luck at the end to get the Lucky Dog. I just can't say enough about these guys and it's great to continue our run of good finishes. And it's always a plus when you can finish well in your home state."