Nashville: James Buescher race report

James Buescher Captures 17th-Place Finish at Nashville LEBANON, Tenn. (August 3, 2009) -- Coming into the 'Music City' for the 14th race of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, James Buescher was looking to continue his success for a ...

James Buescher Captures 17th-Place Finish at Nashville

LEBANON, Tenn. (August 3, 2009) -- Coming into the 'Music City' for the 14th race of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, James Buescher was looking to continue his success for a third week in a row, as he captured back-to-back top-10 finishes at Kentucky Speedway and O'Reilly Raceway Park. Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be, as Buescher was faced with an ill-handling No. 10 MaxxForce International Ford F-150, which resulted in a disappointing 17th-place finish Saturday night at Nashville Superspeedway.

After slight rain showers delayed the start, Buescher started the 150-lap event from the 16th position. Quickly the 19-year-old radioed to his team that his Ford F-150 was tight center off and within a handful of laps, Buescher was running in the 20th position. On lap 30, the Raybestos Rookie of the Year Contender was caught by the leaders and put one lap down. The competition caution flew on lap 36 and crew chief Jamie Jones called Buescher to pit road for four fresh tires, followed by fuel and a track bar adjustment the next lap. The No. 10 truck restarted from the 21st position.

Another caution on lap 52 allowed Buescher to receive the Lucky Dog Award and reclaim his position on the lead lap. The MaxxForce International Ford returned to pit road to top off with fuel and receive another track bar adjustment to help with the tight handling conditions. During the next green-flag run, Buescher worked his way to 16th-place by the time another caution slowed the field on lap 85. Making a strategic call, Jones called Buescher to the attention of his pit crew for right-side tires only, followed by fuel the next lap. This call allowed the Plano, Texas native to restart from the fourth position on lap 89.

Buescher did not like the feeling of his Ford F-150 with only two fresh tires and slid back to 16th-place by lap 100. As another caution came out on lap 102 for precipitation, the Circle Bar Racing Ford returned to pit road for four fresh tires and a minor track bar adjustment, forcing Buescher to restart in the 19th position. During the final 45 laps, Buescher worked his way to 17th-place where he finished the 200-mile race.

"Tonight was definitely not what we were hoping for," said Buescher. "For some reason, we were never able to really get my No. 10 MaxxForce International Ford F-150 to handle the way I would have liked. We tried to take two tires there with 50 laps to go and my truck just didn't react well to it. But, unfortunately you are going to have nights like these in racing and as much as I don't enjoy them, you have to put it behind you and move on. We will take a couple of weeks off and regroup and then head to Bristol and look to grab another top-10 finish."

With his 17th-place finish, Buescher remains in the 15th position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship point standings. He is currently only 65 points behind 14th-place Johnny Sauter and 142 points behind 10th-place Rick Crawford.

James Buescher and the No. 10 MaxxForce International Ford F-150 team will take a well-deserved two-week hiatus before heading to "The World's Fastest Half-Mile" on Wednesday, August 19th for the running of the O'Reilly 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

-credit: jbr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Rick Crawford , Johnny Sauter , James Buescher