Iowa: James Buescher preview

BUESCHER AT IOWA: Buescher has made two career starts at Iowa Speedway, both of which came last year in 2008. In his only ARCA RE/MAX Series start at the Newton, Iowa track, Buescher drove the No. 32 Win-Tron Racing car for a total of 118 laps ...

BUESCHER AT IOWA: Buescher has made two career starts at Iowa Speedway, both of which came last year in 2008. In his only ARCA RE/MAX Series start at the Newton, Iowa track, Buescher drove the No. 32 Win-Tron Racing car for a total of 118 laps before the engine expired, forcing the team to cut their day short and relegating Buescher to a 29th-place finish. In addition, Buescher has competed in one NASCAR Camping World East Series race at the Midwestern short-track. The Texas native qualified in the ninth position and came home in 13th-place.

NUMBER CHANGE: For this weekend's race, Buescher will sport a new number on the side of his Win-Tron Racing Toyota. Instead of the familiar No. 32, Buescher will pilot the No. 9 Wolfpack Rentals Toyota, as the Minnesota-based race team will field two cars for the 200-mile event. Matt Merrell will be behind the wheel of the No. 32 as Buescher's teammate for the Prairie Meadows 200.

LUCKY NUMBER THREE?: Buescher will be looking for his third win of the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series season this weekend at Iowa Speedway. During the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway, the Plano, Texas native led a total of 44 out of 80 laps, to cross the finish line first and win at the legendary superspeedway. Buescher returned to the driver's seat in Kentucky Speedway for his second race of the 2009 ARCA season and had the same result. The teenager led the field for 57 of 100 laps and captured the checkered flag once again in his Wolfpack Rentals Toyota. In his third and most recent ARCA race at Michigan International Speedway, Buescher started from the second position and came home in fourth-place, after being caught a lap down as a result of a green-flag pit stop.

TESTING 1, 2, 3: The ARCA RE/MAX Series held an open test last Tuesday, June 30th, at Iowa Speedway for the teams to get acquainted with the .875-mile oval. Buescher tested his Wolfpack Rentals Toyota Camry in preparation for this week's race. In addition, Buescher and the Win-Tron Racing team tested at an open ARCA test at Kentucky Speedway on Monday, July 6th.

ARCA SUCCESS: Buescher has obtained a great amount of success in his short ARCA career, which began in 2007. In a total of 17 races, the 19-year-old has captured three wins (Lakeland - '07; Daytona - '09; Kentucky - '09), seven top-five finishes, along with 11 top-10 finishes. Buescher has also led a total of 266 laps in ARCA competition.

SMILES FOR EVERYONE: Last Thursday, July 2nd, Buescher visited Texas Children's Hospital for an afternoon of signing autographs, taking pictures, and spending time with ill-children, who are faced with numerous surgeries and treatments instead of enjoying life like normal children. Buescher was able to put smiles on the faces of these courageous children and their parents in the Houston hospital, as everyone was excited to see a racecar driver in person.

STAY UP TO SPEED: To stay up to speed with all of the racing action from Iowa Speedway, make sure to visit the ARCA Racing Network to listen and watch coverage of the Prairie Meadows 200 on arcaracing.com. Practice for the 10th race of the 2009 season will be held on Friday, July 10th, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Central Time. Qualifying will begin at 4:00 p.m. Central Time on Saturday, July 11th, with the green flag dropping on the 200-lap race at 8:00 p.m. Central Time.

QUOTES FROM BEHIND THE WHEEL:

BUESCHER (On returning to racing action in the ARCA RE/MAX Series): "I always enjoy racing in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. I've had quite a bit of success in this series, so its fun to come back and go for the win. To already have two wins this year is an accomplishment not only for me, but for this team. They put good equipment under me and we seem to be a contender every week that we are together, no matter what track we go to."

BUESCHER (On racing at Iowa Speedway): "Iowa is a great track to race at. I raced there a couple of times last year, so I have some experience heading into this weekend. We also had a test session last week, which definitely gave us some time to work on our car and we should have a good setup when we get on the track. Any seat time that I can spend at a track that I have a Truck Series race at is a huge plus. I come into the weekend looking to win and gain some information that will hopefully help my team when we come back here in September."

BUESCHER (On his visit to the Texas Children's Hospital): "I have been to Texas Children's Hospital many times in the past and I always enjoy going back there and seeing the kids. In my life, I have been blessed with a healthy body and to see these kids who aren't as lucky is really sad. I can't imagine being their age and having to go through all of the surgeries and treatments. These kids are unbelievably strong and all of them have great families who stand by them no matter what. For me to take a couple hours out of my life to go spend with them is nothing. If I can go sign some autographs, take some pictures and put a smile on their faces, then it is well worth every moment I was there."

-credit: -JBR-

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Series ARCA
Drivers James Buescher , Matt Merrell