Team: No. 17 Fastenal Ford Mustang
Crew Chief: Luke Lambert
Race Format: 501 miles, 334 laps, Stage Lengths: 105-105-124
Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 – Sunday, Oct. 25 at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM Channel 90
NASCAR Turns Attention to Lone Star State
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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KANSAS CITY (Oct. 18, 2020) – Falling temperatures on a brisk fall day at Kansas Speedway threw a curveball to teams preparing for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 with no practice or qualifying sessions. Chris Buescher and his team worked to adapt to the difficult conditions, ultimately bringing home a 21st-place finish for the No. 17 Fastenal Mustang.
Buescher began the event from that same 21st position and spent the early portion of the race feeling out changing handling conditions with a colder than expected temperatures at the track. With other teams in the field doing the same there was little passing in the first stage of the race, which Buescher finished in the 23rd spot.
The second stage introduced differing pit strategies to the equation, with crew chief Luke Lambert electing to pit early in the cycle to take advantage of fresher tires. Just a few laps after the No. 17 Fastenal Ford hit pit road, a caution came out with Buescher two laps down to the lead cars who had not pitted yet. He was able to get one of the laps back by waving around during the caution, and furiously battled at the end of the stage to finish in the free pass position. He would be scored 27th at the end of the second segment, but earned his way back onto the lead lap for the third and final stage.
The team was able to dial in the handling of the Fastenal Ford during the stage break, and Buescher began to move forward through the field. He worked his way to 19th with less than 50 laps remaining, but an incident just in front forced him to hit the brakes and lose positions. Buescher was able to battle back from the interruption and finish the day 21st.
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