TALLADEGA, Ala. (June 22, 2020) – Chris Buescher systematically worked his Fastenal Ford to the front of the field late in Monday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, with a late charge in overtime coming up just .114 seconds short. The sixth-place finish was Buescher’s third top-10 finish of the season, with the team also picking up two crucial stage points.
“Not a bad run for our Fastenal Ford Mustang and our team,” said Buescher. “Lots of excitement throughout the race at different areas and I obviously wanted to replay the end to do a little bit better. At the end of the day it was a good run for us.”
Buescher rolled off the grid 14th and worked his way up to fifth when the competition caution flag waved at lap 25. The team pitted for fresh tires, an air pressure adjustment and fuel getting back on track to restart 11th. As a rainstorm approached, the No. 17 team raced for track position, toggling between 11th and 16th. He was scored 16th when the caution flag waved for weather. The red flag was displayed for nearly an hour as the track dried. Cars returned to the track under caution, where the stage ended. Buescher took the green-white-checkered flag under yellow in 15th.
At the stage break, the No. 17 team pitted for four tires and fuel, but had to come back down pit road after a pit gun mishap. Buescher topped off on fuel and restarted 29th. By lap 67, the team worked their way up to 17th. The driver was scored 11th when the caution flag waved at lap 95. The team pitted under yellow for four tires, fuel and grill tape, restarting 14th with 21 laps to go in the stage. Another caution flag waved at lap 114 for debris. Buescher was running 20th, so the team elected to pit for more tires. After restarting 21st, the driver maneuvered his way through the field on the shootout restart, gaining 12 positions and earning two stage points to finish ninth in stage two.
The Prosper, Texas native elected not to pit at the stage break and led the field to green for the final stage of racing at the superspeedway. Unfortunately, cars on fresher tires had the advantage and Buescher fell back through the field before settling in 16th. At lap 133, the team pitted for fresh tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. The driver remained quiet on the radio, except to report that his No. 17 machine was a little loose handling. After restarting 17th, the team coasted for a few more laps until the next caution at lap 141 and made the decision to top off for fuel. With 43 laps to go the team restarted 20th and focused on saving fuel to make it to the end. As the last caution of the race came out with three to go, Buescher restarted third and worked his way into the second position, but a run on the outside lane prevailed and he ultimately ended up taking the checkered flag sixth, in overtime.
Buescher and the No. 17 team return to action next weekend for a double header at Pocono Raceway. Race coverage begins on Saturday, June 27th at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM Channel 90.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (June 14, 2020) – After earning a crucial stage point in the first stage of racing Sunday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Chris Buescher and the No. 17 Fastenal team battled a tight handling car to a 23rd place finish at the 1.5 mile track.
Buescher rolled off the grid 13th and was running 15th when the caution flag waved for lightning in the area. Cars came down pit road and the red flag was displayed as multiple strikes were in the area. When the race got started again, the No. 17 team did not pit and stayed steady in the 15th position. The caution flag prematurely waved at lap 20 and the team pitted for four tires, fuel, and to adjust the tight handling Ford. After restarting 14th, the team had worked their way up to 12th when another caution for inclement weather waved at Lap 31. Before Buescher exited the car to take shelter, he reported that he was happy with the No. 17 Ford’s handling and that it had decent speed through the corners. When bad weather finally left the area, the team pitted for four tires and fuel, restarting eighth. Buescher kept up the momentum and held track position to earn a stage point, finishing stage one 10th.
At the stage break, the No. 17 team pitted for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. Back on track 13th, Buescher got shuffled back through the field with reports of a tight handling Ford. As green flag pit stops began to cycle through, the team pitted at lap 120 to help loosen up the handling. With no cautions in the stage, the team took the green-white-checkered flag for stage two in 19th.
The Prosper, Texas native drove his way down pit road at the stage break, where the No. 17 team had a phenomenal pit stop. Back on track 14th, the team held track position until a caution at lap 170. The team elected to pit for four more fresh tires and no adjustments. As the track returned to green at lap 175, Buescher fired off 13th and was able to maintain track position up until cutting his right rear tire down around lap 210. The incident didn’t bring out the caution flag as he was able to make it to pit road for a green flag pit stop. As green flag pit stops continued to cycle through, the driver was able to earn one of his laps back. Without enough laps left to gain more ground, Buescher ended up taking the green flag 23rd.
Buescher and the No. 17 team return to action next Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. Race coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM Channel 90.
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