No. 31 EXIDE BATTERIES Chevrolet
Chicagoland Speedway – Fast Five 225
September 16, 2011
No. 31 Exide Batteries Chevrolet News and Notes
. This Week’s Silverado… The No. 31 Exide Batteries team will bring chassis TMS-204 to Chicagoland Speedway for Friday night’s150-lap race. TMS-204 last saw racing action in Atlanta where NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Ryan Newman wheeled it to a fifth-place result.
. Battery Strong…James Buescher and the No. 31 Turner Motorsports team will again sport the black and blue Exide Batteries colors this Friday night outside the “Windy City”. This will be the Atlanta, Ga.-based company’s eighth appearance as the primary partner on the No. 31 Chevrolet during the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series campaign.
. Wedding Planning… Buescher and his bride-to-be Kris Turner spent last week in Costa Rica finalizing their nuptial plans. The duo will be tying the knot in the tropical paradise on January 14th in front of a number of family friends.
. Consecutive Finishes… Buescher has been a roll since late April. In the last 13 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, Buescher has picked up 19 spots in the championship point standings and has an average finishing position of 5.85. He and the No. 31 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet team have accumulated seven top-five and 13 top-10 results in addition to a pole position during this stretch. Buescher has accumulated more top-five and top-10 results than anyone else in the NCWTS during the 2011 season.
. New Point Leader… After his13th consecutive top-10 finish two weeks ago at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Buescher captured the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point lead. The Texas native sits 12 markers ahead of second place Johnny Sauter with eight races remaining on the 2011 schedule.
. Watch and Listen… The Fast Five 225 can be seen live on Friday, September 16th on SPEED. Race coverage will begin at 7:30 pm EST. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as Sirius Satellite Radio, channel 90.
James Buescher on driving at Chicagoland Speedway
“Chicagoland Speedway has proven to be one of the best tracks on the circuit. Turner Motorsports already has a win there this season when Justin Allgaier went to victory lane in the Brandt Chevy. We have been really working on our mile-and-a-half package. We struggled a little bit in Atlanta a couple weeks ago but I know [engineer] Hal [Ralston] and [crew chief] Michael [Shelton] have been spending a lot of time on the pull down machine trying new combinations.
“We need to keep our blinders on for the next ten weeks and continue to do what we have done all season which is focus on our race. We haven’t focused on what everyone else is doing which has allowed us to zone in on what works for us at Turner Motorsports. I am so proud of these guys and what we have accomplished as a group. We will continue to run our race and will see where we are when Homestead comes around.”