NASCAR Nationwide Series - Kansas Lottery 300
October 5th, 2013 - Kansas Speedway
James Buescher and his Turner Scott Motorsports team took advantage of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series off week to race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Kansas Speedway. After a qualifying effort that left them wanting more, the No. 34 Fraternal Order of Eagles (F.O.E.) crew fought all 200 laps to tighten up their Chevrolet Camaro for Buescher. A late-race yellow flag allowed the team to duck down pit road for a last ditch effort to gain positions. The pit stop played out as planned, allowing Buescher and his Turner Scott Motorsports team to bring their F.O.E Chevy home in the 15th position.
Starting the Kansas Lottery 300 from the 25th position, Buescher quickly radioed to the crew that his Camaro was free to start out the race. As the laps clicked off, Buescher was still fighting a loose-handling race car. The No. 34 F.O.E. team got the opportunity to come down pit road on lap 26, during the NASCAR competition yellow, to take four tires, fuel and make a major chassis adjustment. After several laps, Buescher said he wasn't able to get a read on his No. 34 as the handling kept changing. While running in the 19th spot, Buescher brought his F.O.E. car back down pit road for four tires, fuel and another big chassis adjustment. Just shy of the halfway mark of the 200-lap race, the leaders were in the middle of their green flag pit cycle when the yellow was once again displayed. Buescher and his Turner Scott Motorsports team caught a break as they were running inside the top 10 at the time.
Following the restart, Buescher continued to battle the handling of his No. 34 F.O.E. Chevy. Luckily, with the 200-lap race plagued with yellow flags, the No. 34 team had plenty of opportunities to come down pit road to adjust on their Camaro. Battling for a top-15 finishing spot, the handling started to come to Buescher, allowing him to lay down quicker lap times. The race saw its last yellow flag on lap 187, and the F.O.E. team came back down pit road for four tires, fuel and an air-pressure adjustment to set up Buescher to make a run with just five laps to go. Buescher restarted in the 18th-position and was able to rocket by three cars that were in front of him to bring home his No. Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevy home with a 15th place finishing position.
Unfortunately we struggled most of the day with the handling on our F.O.E. Chevy but my crew never gave up and we were able to get it to a place where we could contend. Some of the yellows fell in our favor allowing us to salvage a top-15 finish. We'll go back and digest what we learned and apply it to our efforts next week at Charlotte. - James Buescher
Start - 25, Finish - 15, Laps Led - 0, Points - 0