James Buescher Battles Bristol Bullring for 13th-Place Finish The 19-Year-Old Finishes Strong and Gains in Raybestos Rookie Standings BRISTOL, Tenn. (August 21, 2009) -- Bristol Motor Speedway is known as "The World's Fastest Half-Mile" and...
James Buescher Battles Bristol Bullring for 13th-Place Finish
The 19-Year-Old Finishes Strong and Gains in Raybestos Rookie Standings
BRISTOL, Tenn. (August 21, 2009) -- Bristol Motor Speedway is known as "The World's Fastest Half-Mile" and James Buescher tackled the Tennessee short track on Wednesday night to bring home a solid 13th-place finish. Driving his No. 10 MaxxForce International Ford F-150, Buescher started from the second-half of the field to battle to the front and capture his ninth top-15 finish of the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Also, Buescher closed the points gap in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year point standings.
Qualifying in the 22nd position for the 200-lap event, Buescher fought a tight handling condition in his Ford truck. The first caution of the night flew on lap 36, which allowed the Texas native to come to pit road for adjustments. The MaxxForce International crew changed four tires and made an air pressure adjustment on lap 37, followed by a stop for fuel the next lap. When the field restarted on lap 42, Buescher was running in the 16th position.
Fighting his way around the Bristol bullring, Buescher fluctuated back and forth in the top-15, as he was still battling a tight handling condition. Crew chief Jamie Jones called Buescher back to pit road on lap 68 under caution, to remove a piece of tape from the grill, make a track bar adjustment, and top-off with fuel. By the half-way point, the 19-year-old was running in the 19th position and unfortunately went one lap down 12 laps later.
Another caution came out on lap 151, which allowed Buescher to take four fresh tires and an air pressure adjustment on lap 153, followed by a fuel stop the next lap. As the 36-truck field restarted, Buescher fought hard to be in position to claim the Lucky Dog Award if a caution slowed the field again. Reporting to his Circle Bar Racing team, Buescher said his truck was the best it had been all night as the No. 10 truck received the break they needed and regained their position on the lead lap, via the Lucky Dog Award. With 20 laps to go, Buescher was running in the 15th position and when the checkered flag flew, the Raybestos Rookie claimed a 13th-place finish.
"At the end there, we had a great MaxxForce International Ford F-150," said Buescher. "My crew chief Jamie Jones and all of the guys on this team worked hard to get this truck the best it could be and it definitely paid off there at the end. Bristol is such a tough track and it can wear on a driver and team. Everyone did their part and we came home with a solid 13th-place finish. I think if we would have had a little more time, we could have finished in the top-10, but we will take this and move on to Chicago next week."
With his ninth top-15 finish of the season, Buescher remains in the 15th position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship point standings. He is currently only 50 points behind 14th-place Johnny Sauter and 124 points behind 10th-place Rick Crawford. In addition, Buescher gained ground in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year point standings. He currently sits 10 points behind leader Tayler Malsam and only nine points behind second-place Johnny Sauter.
James Buescher and the No. 10 MaxxForce International Ford F-150 team will head to the Windy City next Friday, August 28th for the running of the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway. Buescher, who will be carrying a "Chicago Connection-themed truck", will look to capture the victory when the green flag drops shortly after 9:00 P.M. Eastern.