Buescher Finishes 14th in Fastenal Ford
August 2, 2014Chris Buescher started ninth in the Fastenal Ford for the 250-lap race at Iowa Speedway. Early in the race he reported that the car was a little too tight but was able to maintain a top-10 position for the majority of the race. Following a restart with less than 10 laps remaining, Buescher found himself three-wide which resulted in getting shuffled back to a 14th-place finish in the end. He remains seventh in the point standings.
“We had a top-10 car all night,” said Buescher after climbing from the Fastenal Ford. “The car was tight early in the race and then just got too loose there at the end. I want to thank our Fastenal guests for coming out tonight. We didn’t finish where we probably should have but the team worked hard all night.”
After reporting that the car was tight early on, a caution on lap 51 allowed Buescher to pit for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. He restarted 15th as several teams opted to stay out having pitted on the previous caution. The minor change helped and Buescher quickly made his way back into the top 10.
Buescher was running ninth when a caution on lap 108 gave the team an opportunity to try to further loosen the handling of the Fastenal Ford. The No. 60 crew sent him right back out in the ninth position for the restart. Over the course of the next 70 laps, Buescher remained right around the top 10 but reported that the car had become loose entering the corners.
On lap 183, the No. 43 car made contact with the wall and brought out a caution. Buescher was running 11th at the time and pitted for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. After picking up a spot in the pits, he restarted 10th on lap 189. Unfortunately, as the race wound down, the handling continued to be an issue.
With 10 laps remaining, the yellow flag flew with Buescher in the 12th position. He was able to pit for four tires and adjustments but restarted in the same position as several teams opted for two-tire stops. Following the restart, Buescher held on to the ill-handling car for a 14th-place finish.