Iowa: James Buescher race report

James Buescher Records 14th-Place Finish in Inaugural Truck Series Race at Iowa The 19-Year-Old Claims 10th Top-15 Finish of the 2009 Season NEWTON, Iowa (September 7, 2009) -- Even though Saturday night's race was the NASCAR Camping World Truck...

James Buescher Records 14th-Place Finish in Inaugural Truck Series Race at Iowa
The 19-Year-Old Claims 10th Top-15 Finish of the 2009 Season

NEWTON, Iowa (September 7, 2009) -- Even though Saturday night's race was the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' inaugural event at Iowa Speedway, James Buescher came into the weekend with five races under his belt at the .875-mile oval. Despite a poor qualifying effort and a spin early in the 200-lap race, Buescher and his No. 10 MaxxForce International Ford F-150 team were able to rebound and capture a 14th-place finish. This was Buescher's 10th top-15 finish of the 2009 Truck Series season.

Starting the Lucas Oil 200 from the 25th position, Buescher quickly used his experience at the Midwestern short track to head towards the front of the field. As the race quickly had its first caution at the completion of lap one, the 19-year-old was running in the 23rd position. On the lap six restart, another competitor spun in front of the MaxxForce International Ford, causing Buescher to slam on his brakes and spin to avoid making contact with the other truck. Crew chief Jamie Jones called Buescher to pit road to put on four fresh tires, followed by a fuel stop the next lap.

With no damage to his truck, Buescher restarted on lap 11 from the 30th position. Within one lap, the Texas native had moved up five positions, to 25th-place. As the field spread out, Buescher made his way up to the 21st position, while facing a loose-in and tight-off handling condition. On lap 51, the No. 10 truck went one lap down to the leaders, but a timely caution came out six laps later, allowing Buescher to receive the Lucky Dog Award and regain his position on the lead lap. Jones once again called the Raybestos Rookie of the Year Candidate to the attention of his pit crew on lap 58 for four tires and an air pressure adjustment, followed by a fuel and track bar adjustment stop the next lap. Buescher restarted from the 21st position.

Steadily gaining positions, Buescher was running in 16th-place on lap 80. As another caution slowed the field on lap 108, Buescher reported that his truck was "pretty balanced," as he came to pit road for the final time to receive four tires and an air pressure adjustment, along with fuel and a track bar adjustment the following lap. On the lap 117 restart, the MaxxForce International Ford was in the 15th position. As a long green-flag run stretched out the field, Buescher climbed up to the 13th-place with 10 laps remaining. A late caution on lap 191, forced the field to have a three-lap shootout to the finish. As a fellow competitor made it three-wide with Buescher on the top side, the teenager made a smart decision to take care of his truck and came home in the 14th position.

"That race was definitely exciting," said Buescher. "My No. 10 MaxxForce International Ford was really loose in the beginning of the race and when that truck spun right in front of me, I did everything I could not to hit him. It worked out fine, since we didn't have any damage, but it was a close call. Jamie (Jones) and all of these guys kept working on the handling and I think we got it pretty good towards the middle of the race. We had turn two figured out, struggled a little in turns three and four, but overall we had a solid finish. I think we probably should have come home a couple of spots ahead of where we did, but we will take this truck and head to Gateway next week. I have to thank all of the fans for coming out and supporting the Truck Series like they did this weekend. It's awesome to see that many people in the stands."

With his 10th top-15 finish, Buescher remains in the 15th position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship point standings. He is currently 74 points behind 14th-place Dennis Setzer and 135 points behind 13th-place Stacy Compton. In addition, Buescher currently sits third in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year point standings. He sits 12 points behind second-place Tayler Malsam and 25 points behind leader Johnny Sauter.

The next stop for James Buescher and his No. 10 MaxxForce International Ford F-150 team will be Gateway International Raceway on Saturday, September 12th.

-credit: jbr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Stacy Compton , Dennis Setzer , Johnny Sauter , Tayler Malsam , James Buescher