No. 31 EXIDE BATTERIES Chevrolet
Kentucky Speedway – Kentucky 225
October 1, 2011
No. 31 Exide Batteries Chevrolet News and Notes
. This Week’s Silverado… The No. 31 Exide Batteries team will bring chassis TMS-011 to the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway for Saturday night’s 150-lap event. TMS-011 has been the team’s mile-and-a-half work horse during the 2011 season. It has been utilized in six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events finishing inside the top-five four times and top-10 in all six races. The truck has an average finish of 5.5.
. Check Out These Stats… James Buescher has had tremendous success in the “Blue Grass” state. In his three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, he has two top-10 finishes. The 21-year-old also has an ARCA victory at the mile-and-a-half track, which came in 2008.
. Get to the Point(s)… Buescher and the No. 31 Exide Batteries team are involved in the closest championship point battle of NASCAR’s top three touring series. The Turner Motorsports team sits two points behind point leader Austin Dillon with five races remaining on the 2011 schedule.
. Numbers Don’t Lie… According to NASCAR’s loop data, Buescher scores third in driver ratings with a 100.1 ranking. He has an averaging finishing position of 8.77, which ranks him second behind point leader Austin Dillon. The Texas-native leads the league in top-10 finishes with 16.
. Come and See Me… Buescher will participate in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series autograph session on Saturday October 1st at 2:30 p.m. EST. The autograph session will give fans the opportunity to get up close and personal to the stars of the series.
. Strong Performances… Buescher has been a roll since late April. In the last 15 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, Buescher has picked up 18 spots in the championship point standings and has an average finishing position of 6.26. He and the No. 31 Exide Batteries Chevrolet team have accumulated eight top-five and 16 top-10 results in addition to a pole position during this stretch.
. Watch and Listen… The Kentucky 225 can be seen live Saturday, October1st on SPEED. Race coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m. EST. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as Sirius Satellite Radio, channel 90.
James Buescher on driving at Kentucky Speedway
“Kentucky Speedway is a great facility. We all look forward to going there and know it is going to be a great race. To be successful at the track your truck has to be versatile. The track is worn out and you have to be able to move around to find as much grip as possible. There seems to always be long green flag runs, which means the pit crew is going to be vital to our success. The Turner Motorsports guys do a great job each and every week picking up spots on the pit lane and I expect more of the same on Saturday night.
We are taking my favorite truck this weekend. It seems to really react to changes and it always is fast right off the hauler. [Crew Chief] Michael [Shelton] and [team engineer] Hal [Ralston] have been working really hard on our mile-and-a-half program and we seem to have hit on a couple of things that I think will help us in Kentucky.”