Season Opener Reminder...A solid qualifying effort by James Buescher and the No. 31 Rheem Silverado set them up nicely to be a contender in the Next Era Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Running most of the race near the top 10, Buescher was able to capture a bonus point for leading a lap. Buescher and the the Rheem team were able to overcome misfortune multiple times throughout the race, en route to capturing a solid 13th-place finish at Daytona International Speedway.
Short Track Racing... Last time Buescher and the TSM team visited the Martinsville short track, the team battled back from 22nd running position, one lap down, to finish in the top five and gain the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) points lead. Just a few short weeks ago, Buescher and his TSM teammates spent two days at Martinsville Speedway testing and tuning their new short-track package. The team came back from the successful test and will be implementing new ideas for this weekend's 250-lap race.
Welcome Back...The No. 31 of James Buescher will once again have Rheem back on the truck for this week's race at Martinsville Speedway. Rheem Manufacturing Company (www.rheem.com) is privately held with headquarters in Atlanta. In its 87th year of operation, the company manufactures a full-line of high-quality residential and commercial heating and cooling systems; tank, tankless, solar, and heat pump water heaters; swimming pool heaters and commercial boilers throughout North America and world markets. The company's premium brands including Raypak, Ruud and Rheem have been recognized with countless industry and consumer awards for reliability, innovative design and high quality. Rheem, now in its seventh consecutive year as a NASCAR sponsor, is the official heating, cooling and water heating supplier to Turner Scott Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing. Rheem also sponsors RCR's No. 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car driven by Kevin Harvick and the No. 33 NASCAR Nationwide Series car driven by Paul Menard.
This Week's Silverado...James Buescher and the No. 31 Rheem Chevy Silverado team will utilize brand new chassis TSM-228 this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Chassis TSM-228 will hit the track for the first time Friday for NCWTS practice.
Meet Buescher...Have a question for Buescher? He will be interacting with the fans at Martinsville Speedway in a Q&A session at the Team Chevy Stage on Friday, April 5th at 2:45 p.m. EDT.
Follow Me... Be sure to follow James on all social media platforms. You can find him on facebook at facebook.com/JamesBuescherRacing, on twitter at @JamesBuescher and Instagram at JamesBuescher.
Watch and Listen...The Kroger 250 can be seen live on Saturday, April 6th on SPEED. Race coverage will begin at 1:30 p.m. EDT. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as Sirius Satellite Radio, channel 90.
James Buescher on returning to Martinsville Speedway
"I'm glad that we are finally getting back to racing; everyone is itching to get going again. All the guys in the shop have been staying busy during this break building new trucks and prepping for test sessions. We had a great test a couple weeks ago at Martinsville, where I feel the whole organization learned a lot. Martinsville hasn't typically been my best track, but recently we had some good runs there. I'm looking forward to getting back behind the wheel to try and bring home a solid finish for the Rheem team."