Solid Run Spoiled By Late-Race Contact for James Buescher at Phoenix The 19-Year-Old Finishes in the 23rd Position AVONDALE, Ariz. (November 16, 2009) - As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series headed to the Valley of the Sun, James...
Solid Run Spoiled By Late-Race Contact for James Buescher at Phoenix
The 19-Year-Old Finishes in the 23rd Position
AVONDALE, Ariz. (November 16, 2009) - As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series headed to the Valley of the Sun, James Buescher returned to a track which the Raybestos Rookie of the Year Candidate had previously competed at twice in his career -- Phoenix International Raceway, the site of his first NASCAR start in 2008. Buescher started the Lucas Oil 150 from the 21st position and steadily moved into the top-15, where the No. 10 MaxxForce International Ford F-150 consistently ran for the majority of the race. Unfortunately, with three laps remaining in the event, Buescher and a fellow competitor made contact, which sent the youngster into the wall and relegated the Circle Bar Racing team to a 23rd-place finish.
After qualifying in 21st-place, Buescher patiently worked his way through the field at the beginning of the race. By lap 30, the Texas native had broken into the top-15, as five short laps later, a caution slowed the pace for the second time. Buescher radioed to crew chief Jamie Jones that his Ford F-150 was a little tight in turns three and four. Jones called the teenager to pit road for four tires and an air pressure adjustment, followed by a fuel and track bar adjustment the next lap. Restarting from the 14th position on lap 35, Buescher moved as high as 12th-place during a long green-flag run, before slipping back to 15th-place as the yellow flag waved once again on lap 91.
As the 19-year-old was facing a tight handling condition late in the green-flag run, Buescher returned to the attention of his MaxxForce International pit crew for four fresh tires and an air pressure adjustment, in addition to a fuel stop the following lap. The No. 10 Ford restarted in the 13th position, which is where Buescher continued to run until lap 136 as a caution slowed the field for the fifth time. When the race went back to green-flag conditions on lap 140, Buescher fell back two spots to 15th-place, as the adjustments made the Ford very loose all around the one-mile oval. With three laps remaining in the scheduled 150-lap race, Buescher and a fellow competitor raced side-by-side coming off turn four. Unfortunately, the two trucks made contact, sending Buescher into the wall and leaving the MaxxForce International Ford team with a 23rd-place finish.
"I guess we just ran out of room," said Buescher, after the race. "It's just hard racing. TJ (Bell) and I were running hard down the backstretch and continued into turns three and four. I was all the way down to the grass and tried to hold on to it, trying to give him all the room I could. I couldn't give him much room as my truck ran up the track, so I hit him and it sent me spinning. The MaxxForce International Ford was pretty good early on in the race and about halfway the brakes started fading pretty bad and the truck got loose everywhere towards the end. We tried to adjust on it but I wish we would have had some more tires in the pits with 20 laps to go. We'll just head to Homestead next week and finish out this year."
With one race remaining in the 2009 season, Buescher currently sits in the 14th position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship point standings. He is currently 115 points behind 13th-place Terry Cook and 133 behind 12th-place Tayler Malsam.
James Buescher and the No. 10 MaxxForce International Ford team will return to action this Friday, November 20th, as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the final race of the 2009 season and the running of the Ford 200. Buescher, who made his NCWTS debut one year ago at the 1.5-mile track in South Florida, will take the green-flag shortly after 8 P.M. Eastern. SPEED will have live television coverage of the 134-lap event, beginning at 7:30 P.M. Eastern. Select affiliates of the MRN Radio and Sirius-XM NASCAR Radio will have the live radio broadcast.