Phoenix: James Buescher preview

BUESCHER AT PHOENIX: Even though this will be his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, Buescher has made two career starts at the Arizona track. Last spring (2008), Buescher competed in the NASCAR...

BUESCHER AT PHOENIX: Even though this will be his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, Buescher has made two career starts at the Arizona track. Last spring (2008), Buescher competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event for Braun Racing, where the 19-year-old started from the 17th position and finished in the 18th position, completing 201 of 202 laps (99.5%). In addition, Buescher participated in a NASCAR Camping World West Series race during the 2008 season. The Texas native qualified in the 20th position, fought his way towards the front, and came home in sixth-place.

CHASSIS INFORMATION: This week, crew chief Jamie Jones and the No. 10 MaxxForce International Ford team will unload Circle Bar Racing chassis CB-24. This will be the eighth race for this particular Ford F-150, as Buescher drove it to an 11th-place finish in the spring race at Martinsville Speedway, a fifth-place finish at The Milwaukee Mile, a 20th-place finish at Memphis Motorsports Park, a sixth-place finish at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis, a 23rd-place finish at Gateway International Raceway, and most recently a 11th-place finish in the fall race at Martinsville Speedway.

TWENTY-FIVE AND COUNTING: Friday night's Lucas Oil 150 will mark Buescher's 25th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start. The Raybestos Rookie has competed in every NCWTS race dating back to the season-finale event in Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2008.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR UPDATE: As the NCWTS season has two races remaining, Buescher currently sits third in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year point standings. The youngster is only 14 points behind second-place Tayler Malsam, while first-place Johnny Sauter has pulled away with a 59-point lead.

FINAL COUNTDOWN: Through the first 23 races of the 2009 NCWTS season, Buescher and his No. 10 MaxxForce International Ford team have recorded one top-five finish and three top-10 finishes, along with 13 top-15 efforts. The Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate has completed 92.7% of all laps competed (3449 of 3722). Buescher currently sits in the 14th position in the NCWTS Championship point standings, 115 markers behind 13th-place Tayler Malsam.

DOUBLE DUTY: In addition to driving the No. 10 MaxxForce International Ford for Circle Bar Racing on Friday night, Buescher will also compete at PIR in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday afternoon. The rookie will pilot the No. 1 Miccosukee Resort & Gaming Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing in preparation for 2010's full-time effort with the James Finch-owned team.

PREVIOUS RACE RECAP: Last week, Buescher returned to his home state of Texas to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' 23rd race of the 2009 season at Texas Motor Speedway, looking for a strong run in front of numerous family and friends. After two productive practice sessions, a top-10 qualifying effort, and a solid beginning of the WinStar World Casino 350, everything seemed to be going the youngster's way. Unfortunately, Buescher lost the handling of his No. 10 MaxxForce International Ford during the 147-lap race, relegating the rookie to a 17th-place finish.

DID YOU KNOW?: Buescher has captured Raybestos Rookie of the Race Honors four times this season (Martinsville 1, Milwaukee, ORP, Martinsville 2), all of which came in chassis CB-24 -- the same Ford F-150 that the Texas native will race this weekend at Phoenix.

STAY UP TO SPEED: The Lucas Oil 150 from Phoenix International Raceway will take the green flag this Friday, November 13th at 8:00 P.M. Eastern. Race coverage will be televised live on SPEED, beginning at 7:30 P.M. Eastern, and heard live on select affiliates of MRN Radio and Sirius-XM NASCAR Radio Channel 128, beginning at 7:30 P.M. Eastern. In addition, NCWTS Qualifying can be seen on SPEED, Friday afternoon at 4:30 P.M. Eastern.

QUOTES FROM BEHIND THE WHEEL:

BUESCHER (On racing at Phoenix International Raceway): "I'm looking forward to going back to Phoenix this weekend. I competed in two different races there last year -- one in the Camping World West Series and one in the Nationwide Series and hopefully the seat time that I got in both of those races will help me out this time around. Friday is going to be my first race in a Truck there, but any track that we go to, the racing is always competitive and exciting for the fans. I'm sure it will be more of the same for everyone watching in the stands and at home."

-credit: -JBR-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Johnny Sauter , Tayler Malsam , James Buescher
Teams Phoenix Racing