Chris Buescher – Homestead Advance
Team: No. 17 Fastenal Ford Mustang
Crew Chief: Luke Lambert
Twitter: @17RoushTeam, @RoushFenway and @Chris_Buescher
Dixie Vodka 400 – Sunday, Feb. 28 at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN, SiriusXM Channel 90
Buescher at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Luke Lambert at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Buescher on racing at Homestead:
“We’re ready to get to Homestead and see how our changes we’ve made in the offseason make a difference in this 1.5-mile race and others moving forward. I feel good about where we’re at as a team through just two weeks, as last week we rebounded and just missed out on a top-10. Homestead is another opportunity to gain some valuable points, which is our goal heading into the weekend in our Fastenal Ford.”
Last Time Out
In a chaotic event at the Daytona Road Course last weekend, Buescher overcame a late-race incident to finish 11th. He earned a stage point in the opening segment, and ran inside the top five for a number of laps otherwise in the 70-lap road course event.
On the Car
Fastenal returns to the fold at Roush Fenway for its 11th season in 2021. They spent three years on the No. 99 before jumping to the No. 17 Cup Series entry, and were the primary partner on the No. 60 Xfinity team that captured the owner’s championship in 2011.
Fastenal will feature top suppliers Norton, Brennan Industrial, Medique, GOJO Industries, INC. and Dormer on Buescher’s Mustang as he competes this weekend. For more information on these suppliers, visit Fastenal.com, and stay up-do-date on social @FastenalRacing, @Fastenal.
Fastenal [Nasdaq: FAST] is North America’s largest fastener distributor and a ‘one-stop’ source for hundreds of thousands of OEM, MRO and Construction products. With more than 2,600 stores worldwide, the company supports B2B customers with tailored local inventory and dedicated personnel, who visit regularly, quickly respond to emergency needs, and provide efficient inventory management solutions. Fastenal’s service-oriented business network includes the world’s largest industrial vending program, 14 regional distribution centers, 8 custom manufacturing facilities, thousands of delivery vehicles, and industry-leading sourcing, quality and engineering resources.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2021) – Chris Buescher again showed his road course prowess Sunday at Daytona, racing inside the top five for much of the late racing action before ultimately finishing 11th in his Fastenal Ford Mustang.
“Overall, I was pretty happy with our Fastenal Mustang,” Buescher said following the race. “This has been a really good road course for us. I think a lot of things we learned from the Clash got a lot better, so I was real proud of that. I think I need to clean up a few things on my end, and need the field to clean up a few things on their end and that really changes our day a good amount. At the end of the day we were able to salvage a decent day out of it, a decent finish, especially after last week being a rough start to the season. I’m proud of everybody. I’m ready to do a little bit more road racing this season for sure. I feel pretty confident we’re going to be competitive at all of them.”
As is the case with most road course events, strategy and timing came into play often as Buescher weaved his way through the field after starting 30th. He advanced to 15th by lap 11 when the second caution of the day flew, but his pit crew made quick work on pit road to send him back out 10th for the restart with three to go in the opening stage. He maintained the 10th position, earning a stage point to kick off the 70-lap race.
Following another stop under the stage break, the Texas native restarted 19th but again worked his way well inside the top-15 just a few laps later, eventually finishing 13th in the second segment. After rolling off 12th for the final stage, Buescher hit the grass at one point, but regained momentum and kept pace with the field. Green-flag stops would take place just after lap 50, where Buescher pitted from the 10th spot in what would be his final stop of the night.
The caution waved again at lap 55 for rain at the track, which cleared quickly with Buescher in 21st. After a majority of the field pitted under the yellow, crew chief Luke Lambert elected to keep the No. 17 Ford on track, in a move that would pay dividends in the closing laps.
He lined back up fourth for the restart with 12 to go, and over the course of two separate yellows maintained his spot inside the top-10 until he was sandwiched between two cars on the front stretch with seven to go, shuffling him back to outside the top-10.
Buescher remained patient and picked off multiple spots in the closing laps to finish 11th, just a season after running fifth at the 3.57-mile track in its inaugural event.