RIDGEWAY, Va. (April 11, 2021) – After sustaining major damage in a multi-car pileup in the final stage of racing, Chris Buescher and the No. 17 Fastenal Ford team bounced back to finish 13th Sunday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway.
“Good night at Martinsville for our Fastenal Ford Mustang team,” Buescher said. “The team did a really good job fixing stuff when we needed it to be fixed. It wasn’t the smoothest, but we got it done. At the end of the day, we had a pretty decent run here. I’m happy with how we got better at the end.”
Buescher rolled off the grid 15th on Saturday night and took several caution laps as the track continued to dry before going green. In just 15 short laps, Buescher gained three spots to take over 12th where he held steady until a caution at lap 36. Soon after pit stops cycled through, the race was red flagged for inclement weather and postponed to Sunday afternoon. When the race restarted, Buescher fired off 14th, but was quickly shuffled back to 17th, holding track position long enough to finish the stage in the same spot.
At the stage break, the team pitted for fuel, four tires, and adjustments to restart 17th. For the majority of the stage the driver shuffled from 17-20th, going a lap down around lap 217. When the caution flag waved with 20 to go in the stage, Buescher received the free pass. The team pitted for tires and fuel and got back on track for what would be a two-lap shootout to end the stage. Buescher took the green-white checkered in 14th for stage two.
The Prosper, Texas native pitted for four tires and fuel to restart 18th for the final stage of racing at Martinsville. Shortly after the race went back to green, a caution came out at lap 277. The No. 17 team returned to pit road for fresh tires and more fuel to then restart 20th. Not long after going green, another caution flag waved and Buescher stayed out on track to secure a fifth-place restart position. The driver stayed inside the top-10 and was running ninth when yet another caution flag waved at lap 321. About four laps after the team’s pit stop and restart, the 10th caution of the race came out. Pitting with the last caution, Buescher stayed out for track position to restart 10th. A couple more caution flags waved but the driver continued to drive in and around the top-10, never falling below 15th. With 123 laps to go, Buescher was running 14th when he was involved in a multi-car pileup that sent the race to red. Fortunately, when the race returned to yellow the No. 17 team was able to repair most damage after three trips down pit road. When the race returned to green, Buescher restarted 17th, but held track position, looking for an opportunity to move forward. With just 13 to go, the driver made it up to 15th and gained two more spots to take the checkered flag in 13th.
Team: No. 17 Fastenal Ford Mustang
Crew Chief: Luke Lambert
Twitter: @17RoushTeam, @RoushFenway and @Chris_Buescher
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Buescher at Martinsville Speedway
Luke Lambert at Martinsville Speedway
Buescher on racing at Martinsville:
“I like Martinsville overall, it’s a fun short track and very different from anywhere else we go. It’ll leave you flat wore out by the end of 500 laps. We’ve got lights there now and that’s unique and something different than what we’ve experienced before. It’s a tight track, very challenging race and physical race, both inside and outside the track. I thought the first race there last race was really strong for us, the second one was decent, and this will be a good opportunity for us.”
Last Time Out
In the series’ last outing on the Bristol Dirt two weeks ago, Buescher ran much of the race in the top-10, earning stage points in the first stage. But, a flat right rear tire halfway through the second stage set him back as he ultimately went on to finish 14th.
Where They Rank
Buescher is 17th in points entering the eighth race of the 2021 campaign.
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 Georgia Pacific Pro, 3M, Widia, Weiler and ARC 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.