James Buescher and MaxxForce International Team Struggle at New Hampshire The Raybestos Rookie of the Year Contender Finishes in the 17th Position LOUDON, N.H. (September 21, 2009) -- Making his 20th career NASCAR Camping World Truck ...
James Buescher and MaxxForce International Team Struggle at New Hampshire
The Raybestos Rookie of the Year Contender Finishes in the 17th Position
LOUDON, N.H. (September 21, 2009) -- Making his 20th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start, James Buescher took to New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, under chilly but sunny skies, determined to capture a solid finish in his No. 10 MaxxForce International Ford. Despite a top-10 starting position, Buescher faced an "unpredictable" Ford F-150 during the 200-lap event, which led to the Circle Bar Racing team going a lap down on two different occasions and finishing in a disappointing 17th-place.
Recording his third best qualifying effort of the season, Buescher started the Heluva Good! 200 from the 10th position. Quickly Buescher reported that his Ford was very tight through the center and coming off the corners, as the Texas native slipped back to 14th-place when the first caution of the afternoon slowed the field on lap 39. Crew chief Jamie Jones called Buescher to pit road for four tires and an air pressure adjustment, followed by a fuel and track bar adjustment stop the next lap. As the No. 10 was entering his pit stall on the fuel stop, Buescher almost collided with a fellow competitor who was exiting their stall, which cost the MaxxForce International team five spots, restarting in the 19th position on lap 43.
The handling was still not to Buescher's liking, as the 19-year-old settled into 18th-place while a long green-flag run ensued. On lap 88, the Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender fell one lap down to the leaders. Fortunately, another caution came on lap 93, making Buescher the recipient of the Lucky Dog Award, allowing him to regain position on the lead lap. Jones took this opportunity to call Buescher back down pit road for four tires and an air pressure adjustment, along with a fuel and track bar adjustment the next lap. In addition, the MaxxForce crew repaired damage from contact that another competitor made with the front of Buescher's truck during the last green-flag run. Buescher restarted the race on lap 99 from the 17th position.
Shortly past half-way, Buescher was still running in 17th-place, despite recording his fastest lap times of the race. On lap 143, the rookie once again fell one lap down to the leaders, as the field spread apart during green-flag racing. Buescher told his crew that his truck was "unpredictable" and had lost overall grip on this set of tires.
On lap 170, the field started to come down pit road to make green-flag fuel stops. Buescher stayed out as long as possible, before coming to the attention of his crew on lap 176 for fuel and a track bar adjustment. As the rest of the field cycled through with their stops, Buescher was running in the 18th position.
A final caution slowed the field on lap 190. With no track position to lose, Jones called Buescher down pit road one last time for four tires. Unfortunately during this stop, there was a miscue on pit road as both of the rear tires on the No. 10 were switched, causing Buescher to lose all grip for the final laps of the race. Buescher was able to hold on despite the problems and come home in the 17th position.
"Unfortunately, my MaxxForce International Ford pretty much struggled all weekend," said Buescher after the race. "We struggled in practice, qualified decent and the start of the race wasn't all terrible. The truck started out tight and Jamie (Jones) and the guys tried to work on it, but the truck was real inconsistent, never the same thing two laps in a row so it was real hard to figure out what it was going to do when you go bailing off in the corner. I got into it with a couple of different people - people not quite clear trying to take our nose off and then we came into pit on the last pit stop and put the left rear tire on the right rear, which made it even harder to hang on to for the last seven laps. We just kind of milked it to the finish line and finished the race one lap down."
With his top-20 finish, Buescher remains in the 14th position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship point standings. He is currently 163 points behind 13th-place Terry Cook and 195 points behind 12th-place Tayler Malsam.
James Buescher and the No. 10 MaxxForce International Ford F-150 team will head to Sin City this Saturday, September 26th for the running of the Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Buescher will look to rebound when the green flag drops shortly after 9:30 P.M. Eastern. SPEED will have live broadcast coverage of the 146-lap event, starting at 9:00 P.M. Eastern. Select affiliates of MRN Radio, along with Sirius-XM NASCAR Radio Channel 128 will also have the live radio broadcast.