FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 28, 2020) – In a 500-mile race that started and ended three days apart, Chris Buescher and the No. 17 Fastenal team worked to bounce back after an early incident Sunday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway but were forced to settle for a 34th-place finish on Wednesday night.
Buescher rolled off the grid 20th, but on lap 4 he spun into the wall after getting loose in the wet traction compound NASCAR placed on the track prior to the event. The team immediately pitted to assess and fix the damage, using nine laps to get back on track and meet minimum speed. A caution flag for weather waved at lap 43, and the team took the time to pit for further repairs. Not long after the Fastenal team serviced the No. 17 Ford, the red flag was displayed for inclement weather.
When the stage finally resumed roughly 72 hours later, Buescher drove to the garage for further damage repair and got back on track 20 laps down under caution at lap 62. The team decided to pit one more time to make sure the car was ready and hit the track in 39th with the restart at lap 68. The team pitted once more in the stage with a caution at lap 77 to take four tires, fuel, an air pressure adjustment and tape off the grill. The caution enabled the team to gain two positions, allowing Buescher to finish stage one in 37th, 20 laps down.
The team visited pit road at the stage break for another air pressure adjustment, tires, fuel and to pull more tape off the No. 17 machine. Buescher restarted 37th and rode in the bottom lane, avoiding driving into the slick traction compound. When a caution flag waved at lap 134, the team took the wave around and gained a lap back. Restarting 37th, Buescher drove hard all the way up to a scheduled green flag stop for four tires and fuel at lap 179. He took the green-white checkered flag in 36th and 20 laps down.
The Prosper, Texas native restarted 36th, 21 laps down after making his way down pit road for an air pressure adjustment, fuel and tires. He made solid lap times, driving in the bottom lane until pitting under green at lap 282 for four tires and fuel. Buescher returned to track and tried to make up as much ground as he could. The team ultimately finished 34th, 24 laps down.
Team: No. 17 Fastenal Ford Mustang
Crew Chief: Luke Lambert
Race Format: 501 miles, 334 laps, Stage Lengths: 105-105-124
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Buescher Historically at Texas
Luke Lambert Historically at Texas
Buescher on racing at Texas:
“I’m always excited to return to my home track in Texas. We’ve got three races left to continue to build going into the offseason, and hope to put together a solid run in the Fastenal Ford this weekend in the Lone Star state.”
Last Time Out
Buescher finished 21st Sunday at Kansas in the Fastenal Ford.
Where They Rank
Buescher is 20th in driver standings through 33 events.
On the Car
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.
Loctite, Milwaukee, Norton, Jet (JPW) and Rustoleum will ride aboard the No. 17 as Fastenal Racing’s featured suppliers Sunday in Texas.
Driven for a Cause
Throughout the month of October, Roush Fenway Racing will show its support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by running special pink numbers on its Ford Mustangs. In addition, Roush Fenway Fords will sport pink ‘Driven for a Cause’ ribbon decals on its Ford Mustangs.
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