Team: No. 17 Roush Performance Ford Mustang
Crew Chief: Luke Lambert
Twitter: @17RoushTeam, @RoushFenway and @Chris_Buescher
Race Format: 501 miles, 334 laps, Stage Lengths: 85-85-164
O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 – Sunday, July 19 at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM Channel 90
NASCAR Heads West to Lone Star State
· Following a non-points event Wednesday with the annual All-Star Race, NASCAR heads west to Texas Motor Speedway for a 500-mile event Sunday afternoon.
· Texas is typically run in the spring with a March-April event, but implications from COVID-19 pushed it to later in the schedule. The return trip to TMS is set for late October during the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Playoffs.
· The lineup for Sunday’s race will again be determined by a random draw based on teams’ order in owners’ points. Buescher and the No. 17 team are 22nd in points and will draw for a starting spot in the 13-24 group.
· Four weeks of NASCAR action were completed prior to the COVID-19 hiatus with races at Atlanta, Homestead, Texas, Bristol, Richmond, Talladega, Dover and Martinsville postponed.
Buescher Historically at Texas Motor Speedway
· Buescher makes his 10th Cup start at TMS on Sunday, a track where he has an average finish of 22.1. Dating back to 2015, Buescher’s best finish is 15th, which came in the 2018 spring race.
· Most recently, Buescher crossed the line 20th and 19th in last season’s events.
· Buescher, a native of Prosper, Texas, made five Xfinity Series starts for Jack Roush, finishing ninth in 2015 in the No. 60.
Luke Lambert at Texas Motor Speedway
· Lambert will be atop the box for his 16th Cup event at Texas. In 19 prior starts, he has an average finish of 20.4, 10 of which were with Ryan Newman.
· Lambert has one top-10 at Texas, a 10th-place run with Newman back in 2016. Most recently he finished 16th with Daniel Hemric last fall.
· Lambert also called two Xfinity races at TMS with Elliott Sadler in 2012, recording finishes of 12th and 11th.
Buescher on racing at Texas:
“I’m personally excited to get back home to Texas this weekend. We’ve been trying some new things with our 1.5-mile program the last few weeks, so we’re anxious to see what we’ve got. I’m also excited to be in a Roush Performance Mustang this weekend and debuting their new look.”
Last Time Out
Buescher finished fourth in the NASCAR All-Star Open Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, coming up just short of advancing into the All-Star Race.
Where They Rank
Buescher is 21st in driver points through 17 events, but within striking distance of the two spots ahead.
On the Car
Combining Ford’s 5.0L V8 engine with the ROUSH Phase 2 Supercharger, the ROUSH Stage 3 delivers 750 hp, 670 lb-ft of torque and a blistering 0-60 mph time of 3.6 seconds. Equipped in your choice of 6-speed manual or 10-speed automatic transmission, the power is yours to command. Inspired by Jack Roush’s legendary reputation for engineering excellence and top-notch performance, engineers and designers at ROUSH comb over every detail to create the ultimate driving experience. Learn more at ROUSHStage3.com.
· Power: 750 hp, 670 lb-ft torque
· 0-60 mph: 3.6s
· Lateral-g: 1.07g+
· Quarter-Mile: 11.2s
About ROUSH Performance
ROUSH Performance was founded in 1995 by motorsports legend Jack Roush, the winningest name in racing. Combining performance engineering with entrepreneurship, ROUSH began selling designs he had created for his own team to the wider world of motorsports. Based out of Plymouth Township, Michigan, ROUSH Performance, a division of Roush Enterprises, designs, engineers and manufacturers completely assembled pre-titled vehicles, aftermarket performance parts, and superchargers for the global performance enthusiast market. For more on ROUSH, please visit ROUSHperformance.com or call 800.59.ROUSH.