DOVER, Del. (Aug. 23, 2020) – Chris Buescher and the No. 17 Fastenal Team scored a 14th-place finish in Sunday’s second half of a double header Monster Mile weekend at Dover International Speedway. The finish was Buescher’s career-high Cup Series finish at the 1-mile oval, known as one of the toughest tracks on the NASCAR circuit.
Buescher rolled off the grid fifth, and was running sixth when an early caution came out on lap five. The team elected to stay out on track and restarted seventh. At lap 23, the driver was shuffled back to 15th. When the caution flag waved nine laps later, the team took the opportunity to pit for a track bar adjustment, an air pressure adjustment and fresh tires. Buescher got back on track to restart 16th, but was unable to maintain track position. He took the green-white checkered flag for stage one in 20th.
The team visited pit road at the stage break for fuel, fresh tires and a track bar adjustment. After a quick stop, Buescher got back on track to restart 21st. Before the field took the green, the red flag was displayed and the race was paused to fix an issue with the racing surface. When the green flag waved, Buescher gave it all he had but shuffled back a few spots and was running 22nd when the caution flag waved at lap 99. The team decided to pit for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. The changes seemed to bode well for Buescher as he quickly moved up to 15th. Without enough laps to gain more momentum, the driver finished stage two in 15th.
At the stage break, the team pitted for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. After restarting 15th, the driver lost three positions by the time the caution flag waved at Lap 215. The team decided to pit for four tires and fuel, but made up some ground on pit road and restarted 15th. By lap 242, the driver was running 16th when he reported that his No. 17 machine was better in clean air.
Buescher worked his way back to 15th and maintained track position all the way up to lap 288 when a caution flag waved. The driver asked for adjustments to tighten up the car and the team pitted for a track bar adjustment, fuel and tires. The team restarted 14th and hit the pavement with 17 laps to go and ultimately took the checkered flag in the same position.
Chris Buescher – Dover DH Advance
Team: No. 17 SunnyD / Fastenal Ford Mustang
Crew Chief: Luke Lambert
Race Format: Sunday: 311 miles, 311 laps, Stage Lengths: 70-115-126
Drydene 311 – Sunday, August 23 at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM Channel 90
Double in Dover This Weekend
Buescher Historically at Dover
Luke Lambert Historically at Dover
Buescher on racing at Dover:
“We’re ready to tackle another doubleheader this weekend in Dover, a track that is so unique in your approach to each corner. I was fortunate to get a win there in the Xfinity Series back in 2015, and know it is a track that Jack has had a lot of success at over the years. We’re proud of our top-5 effort last weekend in a place that was new for everyone, and look forward to building on that this weekend in our SunnyD and Fastenal machines.”
Last Time Out
Buescher secured his second top-five of the season last weekend with a fifth-place run in the inaugural Cup event at the Daytona Road Course. After rolling off the grid 21st, Buescher and the No. 17 team put themselves on the right end of the strategy as the laps wound down. With a final caution flag with five laps remaining, Buescher ran ninth, and restarted seventh, before powering his way through the field into the top-five in the closing laps, securing his first-ever top-five at a road course in the Cup Series. It also marked Jack Roush’s first Cup top-five on a road course since 2014.
Where They Rank
Buescher is 22nd in driver standings through 23 events.
On the Car Sunday
Fastenal celebrates its 10th season with Roush Fenway Racing in 2020. The Minnesota company 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.
Scott (KCP), Gearwrench, Krylon and Masterlock will ride aboard the No. 17 as Fastenal Racing’s featured suppliers. Fastenal will also celebrate its national Go Blue sales contest on Buescher’s ride this weekend, by highlighting the names of the Fastenal employees in the Central Canada Region for their continued success. Each employee’s name in the region will be displayed on the hood of the Fastenal Ford Sunday.
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.
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