After overcoming two incidents that damaged the right side of the No. 17 Fastenal Ford, Chris Buescher finished 26th at Darlington Raceway on Sunday evening.
Buescher rolled off the grid 20th, and was running 19th when the competition caution came out on lap 25. The team pitted for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. At lap 71, the team pitted for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. Back on track 25th, the driver wasted no time getting caught back up and was back in 17th just a few laps later. He took the green-white checkered flag for stage one in 16th.
The team visited pit road at the stage break for fuel, fresh tires and another air pressure adjustment. After a quick stop, Buescher got back on track to restart 14th. When the green flag waved, Buescher
After a long pit stop to fix damage to the right side of the No. 17 Ford, the team restarted 30th and two laps down. The Prosper, Texas native did what he could to gain track position and was up to 29th when a caution flag waved at lap 245. The team did not pit and took the wave around, restarting 27th and only one lap down. The laps continued to wind down and soon it became time for another round of green flag pit stops. Buescher pitted at lap 287 for fuel, tires and a small adjustment to help the car’s handling. The driver got back on track in 26th and two laps down. At lap 320, a caution flag waved for debris on track but the team elected to stay out, saving fuel and taking the wave around to restart 25th and one lap down. Strategy came into play as the team hoped for a quick caution in order to gain another lap back and not run out of fuel. Unfortunately, luck was not on the No. 17 team’s side as the race remained green which forced them to pit for tires and fuel at lap 254. Without enough laps to rectify the situation, the team was able to only maintain position and finish the race 26th and four laps down.
Buescher and the No. 17 team return to track at Richmond Raceway on Saturday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m. EST on NBC Sports Network, MRN and SiriusXM Channel 90.