St. Louis: James Buescher preview

BUESCHER AT GATEWAY: Buescher has made one career start at Gateway International Raceway, as he competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the 1.25-mile oval last season (2008). Piloting the No. 32 Braun Racing entry, Buescher scraped the...

BUESCHER AT GATEWAY: Buescher has made one career start at Gateway International Raceway, as he competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the 1.25-mile oval last season (2008). Piloting the No. 32 Braun Racing entry, Buescher scraped the wall during his qualifying effort, forcing the crew to make major repairs and relegating the 19-year-old to start from the 41st position. Consistently moving towards the front of the field, Buescher ended the 200-lap race on the lead lap in the seventh position. Saturday's race will be Buescher's first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at the Madison, Illinois track.

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 sixth race for this particular Ford F-150, as Buescher drove it to an 11th-place finish 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, and most recently a 14th-place finish at Iowa Speedway last weekend.

LOOKING FOR A COMEBACK: With eight races remaining in the 2009 NCWTS season, Buescher currently sits third in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year point standings and is looking to make a comeback to approve his position. The Texas native is 12 points behind second-place Tayler Malsam and 25 points behind leader Johnny Sauter. Buescher has claimed Rookie of the Race honors three times this season, all of which have come at short-tracks (Martinsville, Milwaukee, and ORP).

MOST POPULAR DRIVER: NASCAR has created an online ballot for the fans to vote for their favorite driver for the Most Popular Driver Award. Fans are allowed to vote once a day, until the polls close on October 31, 2009. The results of the balloting will be announced at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series banquet at the end of the season. Go to www.jamesbuescher.com and click on the Most Popular Driver icon to vote!

MEET THE DRIVER: Fans will have the opportunity to meet Buescher this weekend, as he is scheduled to take part in an Autograph Session on Saturday morning from 8:45 to 9:45 P.M. Central time.

DID YOU KNOW?: The highest finishing position for any Raybestos Rookie in the Truck Series at Gateway International Raceway has been fourth-place.

PREVIOUS RACE RECAP: Last weekend in the inaugural Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway, Buescher and his MaxxForce International Ford team recorded a 14th-place effort, tallying their 10th top-15 finish of the season. Facing a loose handling condition early and a spin to avoid a wreck in front of him, Buescher worked his way to the 12th position with two laps remaining, but came to the finish line three-wide at the .875-mile oval with his Ford in good condition.

STAY UP TO SPEED: The Copart 200 from Gateway International Raceway will take the green flag this Saturday, September 12th at 2:30 P.M. Eastern. Race coverage will be televised live on SPEED, beginning at 2:00 P.M. Eastern, and heard live on select affiliates of MRN Radio and Sirius-XM NASCAR Radio Channel 128, beginning at 2:00 P.M. Eastern.

FROM BEHIND THE WHEEL:

BUESCHER (On racing at Gateway International Raceway): "Gateway is different than most racetracks that we go to in the Truck Series. Turns one and two are completely different than turns three and four, which makes for great racing not only for the drivers but for the fans. I have one race under my belts at the track, so that gives me a little more confidence heading into this weekend. I didn't have a very good qualifying effort but to finish seventh last year in the Nationwide Series was an accomplishment and I feel like my MaxxForce International team and I can do the same if not even better."

-credit: jbr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Johnny Sauter , James Buescher