By Sandi Argo, with contributions from Daugherty Racing
Race day at Talladega is what legends are made of. Few tracks can bring to ones mind the multitude of emotions that the mere mention of the name can. Talladega. Fear. Calamity. The Big One. Respect. Reverence.
For the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team of the 37 Chevy Camaro ZL1, Chris Buescher, one more word came to mind. Survival.
Perhaps the end result was not quite where the team had wanted to be, as any race car driver or crew will tell you, ultimately the goal is to win. But considering there was a hole in the nose of the BUSH’S Chili Beans car, a 21stplace finish was nothing to be shy about. The hole in the car’s nose caused him to fall back. Without cautions, Buescher was not able to gain track position until the NASCAR Overtime, where he advanced ten positions on the restart to finish 21st. Not shabby at all.
In a post race interview, Buescher commented on the day, saying “”A lot of the time, our strategy of hanging in the back works out really well for us,” Buescher said. “Unfortunately, there wasn’t nearly as much melee at Talladega Superspeedway as we’re used to, and we had a hole in the nose of our No. 37 BUSH’S Chili Beans Camaro ZL1 that held us back a little bit. We weren’t able to gain the track position that we should have. Sometimes, you’ll just have that. I’m really proud of the work that our team put in all weekend to keep our car in one piece and still have a decent finish out of it. I’m looking forward to getting to Kansas Speedway for one of the last 1.5-mile races of the season and seeing how we can do there.”
Speaking of Kansas….
With the onset of the next elimination race looming, Buescher fans are just hoping to see the 37 in victory lane. Although a Championship in the MENCS series, one day, would pair up nicely with the 2015 Xfinity Series Championship, the fans of the Prosper, Texas native will have to wait for that to happen. Though it won’t be in the 2018 season, nobody will be running as determined to get to victory lane than Chris. The race at Kansas is one that Buescher hopes to bring about a little bit of redemption…
Buescher said. “We had one of our best starting positions of the year there in the spring, but got caught in a late-race wreck that ended our night early. I know the speed is there in our 1.5-mile track program at JTG Daugherty Racing, and we tested there last month and found some things that I think will really bring speed to our BUSH’S Beans Chili Beans Camaro ZL1. I really enjoy racing at Kansas Speedway since the repave. Buescher added “The track is really starting to widen out and create more lane options for us. The weather will definitely be a factor with the cooler temperatures, but we will never complain about having more grip in the race car. It’s just a place that has a good, smooth racing line around there without some of the real choppiness that you get at some of these other places that makes it hard to race or hard to get a handle on.”
Who knows, perhaps this will be his week to shine. The Buescher Nation certainly hope it is.