Fresh Tires Lead Buescher To Iowa Victory
During the caution period Blaney suddenly came to a stop down the backstretch, with several lead lap cars bypassing him before Blaney was able to get his Ford F-150 rolling again. Because Blaney didn’t maintain minimum speed, NASCAR ordered him to restart seventh. Instead Blaney opted to come down pit road for fuel and tires.
That gave the race lead back to Chastain for the first green-white-checkered restart. Chastain restarted on the inside line with Buescher to his outside and entering turn one Chastain slipped up the track, allowing Buescher to take the lead.
Behind the leaders the mayhem continued as Brendan Gaughan got together with Joey Coulter, sending both trucks into the outside wall to bring out another caution flag.
Buescher opted to keep the outside line for the second green-white-checkered restart. Chastain drove his truck deep into turn one in an attempt to stay side-by-side with Buescher, but he couldn’t keep his truck below the defending series champion. Buescher was able to clear Chastain exiting turn two and pull away to his second victory of the 2013 season.
“Man, all these guys worked so hard this weekend,” Buescher said from victory lane. “That’s two wins in the last four races. We’re coming for this championship.”
Buescher said that his team had talked about tire strategy prior to Sunday’s race and planned not to take any tires before lap 100. They stuck to that strategy and it paid off.
“We’ve been talking all weekend about how NASCAR took a set of tires away from us compared to the night race earlier this year,” Buescher said. “I told him (crew chief Michael Shelton) in the hauler, he was wanting to save a set (of tires), I told him don’t put a set on before lap 100 because I’m going to want them later. No matter how bad I’m crying for tires in the first 100 laps, if we can let’s just wait. We were in a position to do it and it worked.”
Chastain said he “gave one away” Sunday at Iowa.
“I’ve never had a race car that handled like that,” a visibly disappointed Chastain said after the race. “I gave one away today. We were a little too tight on the short run and that hurt us there (on the final restart). Whether it was on the outside or the bottom I had to crank a bunch of wheel in it. It was unpredictable. Just the way I was driving it was not the right way.
“I was trying to get a little too much. I gave it away,” Chastain said.
Dillon overcame voltage issues and came back from being a lap down to finish third. Johnny Sauter and Darrell Wallace Jr. completed the top five.