NASCAR in Joliet: Teammates James Buescher, Matt Crafton in race for Trucks crown
By Tina Akouris firstname.lastname@example.org September 12, 2013 7:04PM
Updated: September 12, 2013 10:19PM
Two teammates from Turner Scott Motorsports are coming into Friday’s EnjoyIllinois.com 225 Trucks race with different outlooks on Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet.
James Buescher already has won at Chicagoland. In 2012, Buescher came back from two laps down to win after his pit crew changed his truck’s carburetor.
Buescher is second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points standings, 37 behind leader Matt Crafton, with victories at Michigan and Iowa.
But the win Sunday at Iowa 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. His average finish is 11th.
Looking back at his win last year gives Buescher confidence entering 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. 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.”
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 points, 66 behind Crafton.
Burton’s lone victory this season was at Fort Worth (Texas). He has three top-five finishes and eight in the top 10.
Burton’s eighth-place finish Sunday at Iowa 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.”