James Buescher, Jeb Burton looking for big things in Friday’s NASCAR truck race
BY TINA AKOURIS Sun-Times Media September 12, 2013 6:10PM
James Buescher is introduced before the start of the NASCAR Truck Series auto race, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Two teammates from Turner Scott Motorsports are coming into Friday’s EnjoyIllinois.com 225 truck race with different outlooks on Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet.
James Buescher has already won at Chicagoland. In 2012, Buescher came back from two laps down to win after his pit crew changed his carburator.
Buescher is second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings, 37 behind leader Matt Crafton, with victories at Michigan and Iowa.
But the win at Iowa on Sunday was more meaningful for Buescher than most may think, as it helped to chip away at Crafton’s points lead.
“It’s a track that we’ve been coming to for a long time and haven’t had the best of results,” Buescher said. “We were finally able to get that monkey off our back and put a ‘W’ in the win column there.”
In four starts at Chicagoland, Buescher has one victory and his average finish is 11th.
And looking back at his win last year gives Buescher confidence heading into Friday night’s race. He knows he can win on the Joliet D-shaped oval.
“I couldn’t be more excited about coming back to Chicagoland Speedway, especially coming off a huge win for our Turner Scott Motorsports team last weekend at Iowa Speedway,” Buescher said. “I think it goes without saying that this style of track falls right into our wheelhouse and I feel like our Rheem team will be able to come out of here with another solid finish; hopefully our third victory of the season.”
But Buescher’s teammate, Jeb Burton, is making his debut at the Joliet track. The 21-year old is a candidate for the NCWTS Rookie of the Year award and is fourth in the point standings, 66 behind Crafton.
Burton’s lone victory this season was at Fort Worth (Tx.), and he has three top five finishes and eight in the top 10.
Burton’s eighth-place finish at Iowa last Sunday redeemed himself from his 22nd place finish at the same track in July.
“We needed that top-10 finish at Iowa,” Burton said. “Heading to Chicago, my team and I couldn’t be more prepared to do it again. We had a good truck in Kentucky (finishing ninth) and we’re taking it to Chicago hoping for similar results.
“I’ve been studying film a lot and even though we’ve never raced at this track, I feel like we’ll be a real contender come Friday night. There’s no time to slow down now.”