Buescher Maintains Points Lead with 11th-Place Finish in Texas
FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 7, 2015) – Roush Fenway Racing’s Chris Buescher and the No. 60 AdvoCare team finished 11th in Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. The near top-10 finish was enough to keep Buescher in first place in the driver point standings with two races remaining in the 2015 season.
“We were trying to get something that was consistent going with our AdvoCare Mustang,” said Buescher. “The guys did a good job though and worked really hard to put a good piece on the race track. The team did a nice job on pit road and they were consistent today. As far as points are concerned, that is a good points day, but for a home race we were hoping to come out a little better.”
Buescher was 12th quickest in Friday’s lone practice session. Overnight rain proved to be a problem, as prolonged track drying cancelled XFINITY Series qualifying. The field was set based off of Friday’s practice speeds, with Buescher lining up 12th for the 200-Lap, 300-Mile race.
With the rain showers washing the Goodyear rubber from the racing surface overnight, and no practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams prior to the XFINITY Series race, tire wear was expected to be an issue. NASCAR slated a competition caution on Lap 25 for teams to check tire wear.
Early in the opening run, Buescher informed the team that he was much too free on entry and exit. When the No. 60 AdvoCare Ford Mustang visited pit road under the competition caution, crew chief Scott Graves called for four tires and fuel, along with spring rubber and wedge adjustments.
A slight delay on the pit stop put Buescher in 21st for the Lap 31 restart. On the following run, Buescher worked his way up to 14th, informing the team that the handling of his car was a lot closer, but that he was still loose under throttle and needed more rear security.
On Lap 79, Buescher made his way down pit road for the second time of the day, opting for four tires, fuel and another wedge adjustment. A quick pit stop by the No. 60 AdvoCare team had Buescher line up in ninth for the restart.
The Prosper, Texas native was much happier with the handling of his Mustang during that run. He came down pit road on Lap 117 for four tires and more of the same adjustment. Another quick pit stop gained the team two positions, lining up in seventh for the Lap 121 restart.
As the following run continued, Buescher radioed that his car was lacking forward drive. Graves opted for a different adjustment on a Lap 164 pit stop under green; this time calling for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment.
Shortly after green flag pit stops had cycled through, the caution came out again, giving teams another opportunity to adjust on the handling for the final run of the day. Buescher brought his Mustang to pit road for four tires and another track bar adjustment.
He lined up 12th for the final restart of the day, and gained one position to close out the afternoon in 11th. With the result, Buescher maintains a 24 point lead over second place in the point standings as the series travels to Phoenix International Raceway.
DAV 200 Honoring America’s Veterans
One-mile Phoenix International Raceway
Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015
4:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network and MRN