August 23, 2018
Fans of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver, Chris Buescher found themselves cheering on a top-10 driver for the majority of the race last Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway. Driving the #37 Bush’s Beans Camaro ZL1, Buescher even ran up in the front 5, until contact with another car caused a severe tire rub, which ultimately made Buescher pit to fix the tire. This strategy threw the team off and they had to fight to regain track position. At the end of the day, the “little team that could” still finished in the top 20, at 19th. Not where they had hoped to finish, given such a strong race they were having, but still a very good show.
"These guys worked so hard on our BUSH'S Beans Camaro ZL1 all weekend, and I hate it for them that we couldn't get the finish they deserved," Buescher said.
When asked about how he felt the car drove, Buescher stated:
“We had a really good car. If we got shuffled back on a restart, we were able to get right back up there in the top 10. I think we easily could have gotten a top-five finish out of the night. Unfortunately, we were just in a bad spot running three-wide with less than 20 laps to go, and too much contact caused damage that we had to pit to fix and by then the race was over. I can't thank these guys on our BUSH'S Beans team enough, and all of our BUSH'S Beans partners and Kroger partners in attendance tonight. I really wanted to get a top finish in BUSH'S Beans hometown, but I hope they know we gave it all we had.”
Buescher has been fighting for top-20 finishes all season, with a noticeable bit of momentum building. What they (and Buescher) would like to see is a win that would put them square in the heat of the upcoming playoffs. With the regular season winding down, time is of the essence. Knowing the time is now, Buescher says, "We'll head into Darlington Raceway in two weeks with an awesome BUSH'S Beans throwback paint scheme and focus on making the playoffs with a win."
Buescher will be driving a Bush’s Best throwback car at the Bojangles Southern 500 race at Darlington. The white Camaro ZL1 is race ready and so is Buescher.
FAST FACTS - CHRIS BUESCHER
Career Starts: 102
Wins: 1 - 8/1/2016 Pocono Raceway
Top 5s: 4
Top 10s: 8
Pole Awards: 0
First Start: 3/22/2015 Auto Club Speedway
Best Start: 9th - 6/25/2017 Sonoma Raceway
Best Finish: 1st - 8/1/2016 Pocono Raceway
Driver DOB: 10/29/1992
Hometown: Prosper, TX
Crew Chief: Trent Owens
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August 16, 2018
BUSH’S BEANS® INKS MULTI-YEAR PARTNERSHIP RENEWAL WITH JTG DAUGHERTY RACING
Partnership through racing program extends nearly two decades
HARRISBURG, N.C. (August 16, 2018) – As one of the longest standing partners with JTG Daugherty Racing, BUSH’S Beans has signed a multi-year partnership renewal with the race team as a primary partner on the No. 37 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, and an associate partner on both the No. 37 and the No. 47 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
“BUSH’S Beans has been with us almost since our first season in NASCAR, a partner with the team for more than 15 years,” JTG Daugherty Racing team owner Tad Geschickter said. “BUSH’S Beans is a private, family-owned business and has a culture that shares a lot of the same values that we do at JTG Daugherty Racing. Not only are they one of our longest standing partners of the race team, but they are also very close friends and we are proud to continue to showcase their brand at NASCAR’s highest level of competition.”
BUSH’S Beans is celebrating their 110th-year anniversary in 2018, a family-owned operation that began as a tomato cannery in Chestnut Hill, Tennessee in 1908. Since then, they have grown to be one of the largest high-quality canned variety bean distributors in the world and are still family-owned and operating out of Chestnut Hill.
“We are proud to extend our relationship with JTG Daugherty Racing,” Mike Morris, senior brand manager at Bush Brothers & Company, said. “Jodi, Tad and all the folks at JTG have been incredibly helpful in growing our business for nearly two decades and we look forward to continuing our partnership on and off the race track.”
BUSH’S Beans next primary appearance will be on Buescher’s No. 37 Camaro ZL1 at BUSH’S Beans hometown track, Bristol Motor Speedway, on August 18 for the coveted Bristol night race.
Contributed by JTG Daughter Racing™
A hard fought day results in another top-20 finish at MIS
Chris Buescher and the No. 37 Slim Jim team battled all day within the top 20, running as high as sixth, in the Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway, before ultimately finishing in 20th position.
"We had a really good Slim Jim Camaro ZL1 today at Michigan International Speedway," Buescher said. "When we were able to race in clean air without traffic, we had really good speed and were able to gain spots on long green-flag runs. We were fighting for position after having a slower pit stop towards the end of the race. We definitely gave it all we had out there and even run near the front with our pit strategy. We just needed that caution so we could get a little more fuel in it to make it to the end. I'm really proud of the hard work everyone put in today at Michigan, and I am really looking forward to heading to one of my favorite tracks, Bristol Motor Speedway next weekend."
HOMETOWN RACE FOR BUSH'S BEANS:
"Bristol Motor Speedway is my favorite racetrack," Buescher said. "The atmosphere at the track, and having BUSH'S Beans on our car near their hometown makes Bristol a really special place to be. We always have a great group from BUSH'S Beans in attendance, and the copper paint scheme on our Camaro ZL1 has been one of my favorite paint schemes of the season. It looks especially good under the lights in The Last Great Colosseum."
Special contribution by JTG Daughter Racing/Kelly Boyd
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August 5, 2018
Chris Buescher proved, once again, that he is capable of competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Although he did not finish in the top 10, a top-20 finish showed signs of greater times to come. Considering the fact the team faced a mountain after their first pit stop, the finish they achieved was impressive.
Buescher said after the race, "I'm really proud of how we were able to rebound after the penalty" (too many crew members over the wall). The finish wasn't what we were hoping for, but we had a decent day at Watkins Glen International. I enjoy road racing, and racing at a track that is so different from our traditional ovals, and overall we had a good weekend in our Velveeta Camaro ZL1. We are all one team, and we succeed and fight as a team. I can't thank the guys enough for the hard work put in throughout this enhanced race weekend, and I look forward to getting to Michigan International Speedway next weekend and seeing what we can do."
Buescher will carry a new(er) sponsor on the hood of the Camaro ZL1 this weekend, at Michigan. Slim Jim makes its debut on Sunday, August 12th. For the Texas native, Buescher is pleased with the sponsorship for a couple of reasons:
"It's really cool to have Slim Jim on the hood of our Camaro ZL1 this weekend at Michigan International Speedway," Buescher said. "The Slim Jim brand was really prominent in NASCAR with the Labonte family, and it's awesome to have them back and in a partnership with our Kroger racing family."
Of course, everyone knows the Labonte family also had their roots planted in Texas, but the main point Buescher made was the potential and promise seen for all out snacking this weekend.
Buescher said, "I'm definitely looking forward to having Slim Jim snacks on the hauler all weekend!"
When discussing the race potential, Buescher is liking the looks of the track in Michigan. Like other tracks, MIS underwent a repave in 2012, when Buescher was a mere 20 years old.
“Michigan (International Speedway) is a really fast racetrack," Buescher said. "I really like that track. It’s fun to race on, and is starting to get racier every time we go there. The track has come into its own a little bit slower than some of the other tracks that have undergone repaves, and it’s been really narrow. We’re starting to be able to move around and run the bottom a little bit more. You can make up some time going up a little bit higher than the middle groove too, and we can go and spread out and actually start to draft a little bit there as well. We had really good speed at the June race, and got a top-10 finish at this race last year, so I'm looking forward to getting back there and seeing what we can do with our Slim Jim Camaro ZL1."
Buescher, himself, has become "racier" each time he gets into his Camaro ZL1. With an Xfinity Championship under his belt, it is only a matter of time before things fall into place for the team of the #37 car. Holding patiently, learning from each race and never giving up is what Champions are made of.
Buescher will get there. Its just a matter of time.
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August 1, 2018
For Chris Buescher fans, the road to Pocono is paved with good intentions, and high hopes. They know full and well that the first race Buescher won as a Cup driver was on this track...about 2 years ago. Each time the MENCS series lands at the "tricky triangle" the Buescher nation finds their chests puffed out "just a little more".
It was this proud feeling "the nation" had on July 29th. With a respectable place for the green flag start, Buescher was showing signs of good advancement. At one time, the #37 was even scored in second place...then "it" happened. A fluid leak sent him to the garage, and ultimately to 37th place.
The team did get back to the track after replacing the transmission, to learn information that can be used for future races. Little consolation for his followers, they just knew it was his time...their time.
“We had a fluid leak and had to come to the garage (a couple times) to work on it and change the transmission,” Buescher said. “It’s unfortunate that happened to us. My crew worked hard to get us back out there to try to learn some things and pick up a few more positions for our SCOTT Products Camaro. It's a tough break, but we’ll put Pocono behind us and move on to Watkins Glen International this weekend.”
Speaking of Watkins Glen...
Buescher fans will be in their party hats this weekend as they help him celebrate his 100th career start as a Cup racer! Fans of the Velveeta Camaro ZL1 anxiously await the qualifying to begin. Buescher has been showing plenty of fight in his races of late, even when facing the seasoned veterans. All good signs of growth, according to the Buescher nation.
"Heading to Watkins Glen International this weekend, and I'm ready to get back to road course racing," Buescher said. "This is also my 100th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, and to be able to do that at a track that I think we can be really successful at gets me really excited to head up to New York this weekend".
Seeing NASCAR as his long term career, Buescher added "I can't thank everyone at JTG Daugherty Racing and Kroger enough to have given me the opportunity to get to 100 races, and I can't wait for the next 100 and the next 100 after that."
"While Watkins Glen is also a road course, it's nothing like racing at Sonoma Raceway," Buescher said. "We have such long straightaways that you really can pick up some speed, and there aren't as many turns at Watkins Glen as there are at Sonoma. We had a really strong run there last season, and I really lean on AJ (Allmendinger) a lot when we go to road courses, and I know that can only make us better".
Buescher will be found in the bright yellow schemed Camaro VL1. About the race car for the weekend, Buescher says " It would be hard to miss our Velveeta Camaro ZL1 on track, and it'll look even better in Victory Lane on Sunday." Hopefully the stars will shine on this team at the end of the race, and they'll find themselves, once again, in the spotlight at Victory Lane. It's time.
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July 22, 2018
Chris Buescher and crew made the best of a tough racing situation this past weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Mother Nature wasn't giving any sympathy to the plight of those wanting to go fast, causing a rain delay that kept the drivers in their motorhomes, and off the track. With dark clouds looming, many wondered if the race would be able to be ran at all. Once the rain stopped, NHMS cranked up the dryers, Titans and everything they could get their hands on to prepare the track. After a rain delay that lasted over 3 hours, the cars were finally cranked up and the race was underway.
Drivers were a bit nervous about a cold, wet track. For Buescher, a native of Prosper Texas, the weather was about 40 degrees lower than that of his hometown. Once the race began though all thoughts were off the conditions and focused on the task sought by all...making it to Victory Lane.
Starting in the 24th position, Buescher and team made some good moves, at times with the main contenders nipping at his heels, to bring the number 37 Chevy Camaro Z1 into the top 20. As has been the case in the past few races, Buescher didn't "give". Any advances from the others were definitely worked for. Buescher commented after the race, "I'd say it was a solid day for our Kroger ClickList team," Buescher said. "We had a really good day on pit road, and were able to gain spots and pass cars all day. I'm really proud of the work we put in this weekend, and this is my best career finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway so there are a lot of positives we can take away from it".
Looking forward to seeing "an old friend"
Buescher said afterwards that he was focusing on the race at Pocono, this weekend. "We'll keep our eyes forward and move on to the site of my first win, Pocono Raceway next weekend. We're looking forward to having a strong weekend there." Later, Buescher said, "Heading back to Pocono Raceway this weekend, we definitely want to build on our progress from the June race," adding, "The track has its challenges, but we had speed in our Scott Products Camaro ZL1 and brought home a top-20 finish. It's a place that I enjoy. We got our first win there so it's always a special track to me".
Although Buescher knows that racing is a serious (and dangerous) sport, he also knows there is another aspect as to why they do what they do. Its fun and exhilarating. Pocono has everything any thrill seeker could want...and especially turn 2. Buescher says, "It's a fun racetrack. It does take a physical aspect on you and wear you out a little bit more than some racetracks, and it's a fast racetrack. I think Turn 2 is my favorite turn, but the problem with that is Turn 2 is probably the hardest place to pass. There's no long straightaway after it and it's hard to go side-by-side into the turn, but it creates a challenge and we're up for that."
As bad as the Buescher Nation would like to see him contending for the championship, they know it's just a matter of time (and each one will quickly tell you, all they need is one win to be in). Each race brings him that much closer.
The never-give-up attitude is exactly what is right about NASCAR.
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July 14, 2018
Chris Buescher and the No. 37 Gain team finished 23rd in Saturday night's race at Kentucky Speedway. The beautiful green paint scheme came to life when the wheels hit the track, but unfortunately the team was unable to make it to Victory Lane, or into the top 20 at the finish. Never one to let things get him down, Buescher found positives from the race.
"First off, I want to say how great it was to be able to visit Kroger's headquarters in Cincinnati this week," Buescher said. "We had one of the biggest crowds that I've seen, and it was great to be able to have a second home race so close to their headquarters. The track changed a lot as the sun went down and it got dark out, but the guys worked hard all weekend on our Gain Camaro ZL1. We'll continue through the summer schedule and head to New Hampshire (Motor Speedway) next weekend."
About New Hampshire...
Buescher is looking forward to running this week, stating "We're traveling up to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for our only New Hampshire race this season, but we're looking forward to returning in our Kroger ClickList Camaro ZL1," Buescher said. "I'm really excited to get back to short track racing. It’s a really flat racetrack, but you get a little bit of progressive banking as you’re going up the hill on the backstretch. The banking is noticeable from the bottom of the second groove, and then from there it tapers off. The VHT will change the grooves a bit in the racetrack as well in terms of creating new grooves for us to run. I’m sure it’s something that will be able to add some lap time and create some passing opportunities."
Adding, "I like racetracks that provide a different challenge, and this will definitely shake things up from the past couple of weeks where we've been running at big tracks." But the fans of this "Young Gun" expect nothing less. They have been hearing his name talked about by the announcers, and last week at Daytona proved what they have known...this driver has come to play.
Even at Kentucky he showed quite a bit of grit as the current Champ, and eventual winner of the race, was right behind him, threatening to put Buescher 2 laps down..usually too difficult to come back from. As the 78 crept up behind, the 37 held his own, not letting the 78 pass. Tiny steps to some, huge leaps in the eyes of fans. They know his time in Victory Lane is coming, and each week he learns something that will get him "this much closer".
This week's question comes from "Chrissy", out of Joliet, Illinois. She asked "How hot was it in your car at Daytona, and how do you deal with the heat"?
Being from Texas...where there is a bicycle race named the "Hotter'n Hell 100" you would think Buescher would be well adjusted to the extreme conditions... but let's see what he had to say...
“Our cars weren’t as terribly hot at Daytona International Speedway as they have been at tracks like Kentucky Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway, because it was a night race. At those tracks, the temperatures in the cars reached an upwards of 140 degrees. We have an ‘air conditioning’ – and I say that lightly, as sometimes it just feels like warm air – in the car that plugs directly into the back of our helmets to keep us from overheating. Otherwise, we just do the best we can to stay hydrated and drink a lot of fluids before, during and after the race. We have interior specialists that can give us fresh, cold water bottles during pit stops and taking drinks whenever we can keeps us hydrated and cool throughout the race.”
Thanks, Chrissy! Great question! If you would like to ask Chris a question, go to Chris Buescher Diehards page on Facebook and ask in the comments. Until next week, Buescher fans... and RIP ol Sam.
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July 7th, 2018
For the diehard fans of Chris Buescher, this season has been one that has taken a few twists and turns. Having started the season in 10th place at the Can-Am Duels, then up 5 places at the Daytona opener, Buescher has seen a good bit of success on the track this year. For Buescher Nation, it is the season of growth. Like a strong oak tree (okay, lets go with mesquite tree since he IS from Texas) there is a bit of vulnerability mixed with a determination to stay strong and, sometimes, simply stay upright through the storms. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams found themselves back at Daytona International Speedway this past weekend for the Coke Zero Sugar 400. Buescher found himself back in the top 5 at the checkered flag.
Although he is considered one of NASCAR's "young guns", Buescher drove like a seasoned pro, matching his best finish of the season on Saturday night at Daytona, surviving multiple big wrecks and finishing fifth in his Kleenex Wet Wipes Camaro ZL1.
Like the rest of the drivers that finished the free-for-all, Buescher was part relieved and extremely happy for the finish, and the results. Buescher said, "It was a wild night overall, I'm just proud of everybody on our Kleenex Wet Wipes Camaro ZL1. We fought hard today and stayed out of trouble and were there at the end with our teammate AJ (Allmendinger). We got a good run on the outside, we were able to give (Erik) Jones a good shove down the back there and got him clear. We just couldn’t quite clear him. So, congrats to Jones on his first win."
"I'm proud of our operation and what we were able to accomplish today, and I'm excited to head to Kroger's headquarters in Cincinnati next weekend at Kentucky Speedway with a great finish behind us. I wish we could have lined up and tried to get it, but that’s always easy to say after Daytona (International Speedway) and it was a great day overall for our team and our organization.”
Buescher is looking forward to the race this weekend in Kentucky. Like his home track, Texas Motor Speedway, the Kentucky Speedway underwent a repave in recent times. Buescher likes the track and is expecting to give his fans a good show on Saturday night. "I enjoyed racing at Kentucky Speedway before the repave, but the repave has been pretty good for me," Buescher said. "I think we have had pretty good speed there since the repave, and I know we have speed in our 1.5-mile program. Because of that, I enjoy it more now. It’s a different racetrack with the two corners being so different there".
Buescher added, "It’s a unique racetrack and for that I give them props. I like going to places that are a little bit different. You look at all the 1.5-mile tracks and I like going somewhere that has character to it and different attributes. I think it makes it better for me. I like something that’s a little different and a challenge. Also, we've got Gain back on our 37 Camaro at Kentucky and we want to have a solid finish for them this weekend."
The Buescher Nation knows that his turn in Victory Lane is coming, its just a matter of time. Buescher would like it to be this weekend. "We had a good weekend at Daytona (International Speedway) last weekend, and I'm proud to be able to bring that to Kentucky Speedway and put on a good show for all of our friends and family there."
This week marks the first of our "Ask Chris" feature! Each week we will poll the fans to submit a question. Each question will be placed into the "Official" Bush Beans can and one lucky winner will have their question answered by our own Chris Buescher! To participate, simply "like" the Chris Buescher Diehards Fan page and look for the post each week. Or, email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org (be sure to put QUESTION FOR CHRIS in the subject line).
This week's winner was Candy from Cloquet, Mn. Her question was:
"How much do you work together and share information with your teammate AJ, and how important is it to have a teammate at the different tracks?"
According to Chris....
“AJ Allmendinger and I work really closely together every weekend and throughout the week leading up to the races. Our teams are constantly sharing data, and doing everything we can to get the most out of our Chevrolet Camaro ZL1s. I really enjoy working with AJ. We had a blast last season getting to know each other in our first year as teammates, and it’s only gotten stronger throughout this season. It’s important to have a teammate at every racetrack, but I definitely lean on him a lot when we go to the road courses to get some advice."
"He’s a great road course racer, and it’s been awesome for me to have that person to try and teach me the fine details to make our cars that much better than the rest of the field at road courses. Of course, having a teammate at superspeedways helps as well, as we saw this weekend in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway. AJ and I have a strategy of hanging together in the back to avoid any big wrecks, and it’s definitely paid off this season at Daytona and Talladega. AJ is just a blast to be around and I really enjoy having him as a teammate.”
Get your questions in today. We will draw again on Sunday.
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July 1, 2018
The sun blazed down on the track at Joliet, Illinois, as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series brought the big show to Chicagoland Speedway. For the team of the 37 car and driver, Chris Buescher, the day did not come without it's challenges. Along with several other teams, the 37 was found starting at the tail end of the pack after failing post qualifying inspections.
Chris Buescher and the No. 37 Kleenex Wet Wipes team advanced 17 spots from their starting position of 39th, finishing 22nd on Sunday at Chicagoland. With the temperatures inside the cars hitting the mid 150's, even being from Texas wasn't enough to keep it cool. The Prosper native found himself in the mid pack position during stages 1 and 2, often just shy of the top 20. "With the temperatures being as hot as they were, we were a little bit tight to start the race," Buescher said. "We had our work cut out for us from the start with our starting position in the Kleenex Wet Wipes Camaro ZL1, but the guys worked hard all weekend to make adjustments as the race went on and it allowed us to pass cars and finish 22nd."
Like the other “Young Guns” in the sport, Buescher searches each week for ways to improve, always striving for a win. Unlike many of the others, though, Buescher has his first win already under his belt, with that having occurred in August of 2016 at Pocono.
Along with celebrating the 4th of July as a newlywed, Buescher will be preparing for the next race, just a little out of the way race ...in Daytona. Buescher says “"I’m excited to get back to Daytona (International Speedway)" adding, "We had a really good showing there to start off the season in the Daytona 500 and I feel like it’s a place that we’ve been focusing on trying to work together with AJ (Allmendinger) and have a gentle clean Kleenex Wet Wipes Camaro ZL1 that we can race at the end. It’s going to be way hotter this time around, even though it's a night race. Kleenex was on the hood of our Camaro ZL1 for the Daytona 500, and we’ll go out there and see if we can get to the front and survive”.
Fans of Buescher are giving him the time he needs to learn and improve. They have no doubt that he will be competing for wins in the not too distant future. Buescher knows there is more to winning than meets the eye, saying “Drivers have taken it from a luck and guessing game to a definite skill set. I’m still learning a lot of that as we go, and every race we go and work to get a little bit better at that. Daytona was good to us in February, and I'm excited to get back and improve on that this weekend in the Coke Zero Sugar 400."
Buescher fans will be waiting, poised to wave their 37 flags high, proud of their driver no matter where he finishes.
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