Bristol: James Buescher preview

BUESCHER AT BRISTOL: Buescher has made two career starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, both of which have come in the USAR Pro Cup Series (2007, August 2008). One year ago at "The World's Fastest Half-Mile," the Texas native started from the 13th ...

BUESCHER AT BRISTOL: Buescher has made two career starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, both of which have come in the USAR Pro Cup Series (2007, August 2008). One year ago at "The World's Fastest Half-Mile," the Texas native started from the 13th position and brought home a podium finish as he captured a third-place effort, driving the No. 84s car.

CHASSIS INFORMATION: This week, crew chief Jamie Jones and the No. 10 MaxxForce International Ford team will unload Circle Bar Racing chassis CB-27. This will be the fifth race for this particular Ford F-150, as Buescher captured a 13th-place finish at Auto Club Speedway, a 14th-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway, a 24th-place finish at Dover International Speedway, and most recently a 17th-place finish at Nashville Superspeedway.

SHORT TRACK SUCCESS: This season, Buescher has seen a fair share of success on short tracks, as his two highest finishes have come on tracks one-mile or less in length. The 19-year-old claimed a fifth-place finish at The Milwaukee Mile in June and a sixth-place finish at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis in July. In addition, Buescher finished in the 11th position at Martinsville Speedway in March. In all three of these efforts (Martinsville, Milwaukee, ORP), the teenager has also claimed the Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors.

STILL IN THE HUNT: Through the first 14 races of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, Buescher currently sits third in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year point standings and is still in the hunt for the prestigious award. He is only 11 points behind second-place Johnny Sauter and 15 points behind leader Tayler Malsam. This week in Bristol begins the "replacement" of races that contribute to each driver's point total, as only the top 14 finishes of the season are counted.

PREVIOUS RACE RECAP: Two weeks ago at Nashville Superspeedway, Buescher and his No. 10 MaxxForce International team struggled with the handling of the Ford F-150 and came home with a disappointing 17th-place finish. The Circle Bar Racing team will look to rebound this Wednesday night and collect a solid top-10 finish.

BUESCHER (On racing at Bristol Motor Speedway): "Bristol is one of the most exciting tracks that we go to on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series circuit. It is always packed with a lot of action and we are able to make it around the track very quickly. When they repaved the racetrack, it allowed more grooves to open up and you will definitely see more passing than you have in the past. The Truck Series always has exciting racing no matter where we go, but the fans are definitely going to see a great race this week."

BUESCHER (On short track racing): "Short track racing is what most of us have grown up on. Tempers can usually fly and it's very easy to get caught up in someone else's mess, so you have to keep your eyes open and rely on your spotter to keep you aware of what is going on all around the racetrack. So far this season, my MaxxForce International team and I have had success at some of the short tracks, so I'm confident that we can do the same this week. They have been working hard back at the shop to make this chassis the best that it can be and hopefully we will have a little luck on our side this week too."

-credit: jbr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Johnny Sauter , Tayler Malsam , James Buescher