Talladega: James Buescher preview

BUESCHER AT TALLADEGA: Buescher has made one career start at Talladega Superspeedway, as he competed in the ARCA RE/MAX Series race in 2008 at the 2.66-mile tri-oval. Piloting the No. 32 Win-Tron Racing entry, Buescher started the 94-lap race from...

BUESCHER AT TALLADEGA: Buescher has made one career start at Talladega Superspeedway, as he competed in the ARCA RE/MAX Series race in 2008 at the 2.66-mile tri-oval. Piloting the No. 32 Win-Tron Racing entry, Buescher started the 94-lap race from the pole position, but after a short 35 laps, the transmission broke, relegating the Texas native to a disappointing 31st-place finish.

CHASSIS INFORMATION: This week, crew chief Jamie Jones and the No. 10 MaxxForce International Ford team will unload Circle Bar Racing chassis CB-26. This particular Ford F-150 has never seen racing action, but was tested at Daytona International Speedway.

TRICK OR TREAT COLORS: For Saturday's race, Buescher's MaxxForce International Ford will have a special orange and black paint scheme in honor of Halloween.

SUPERSPEEDWAY STATS: Despite being a rookie in the Truck Series, Buescher has an impressive resume at the two Superspeedways that NASCAR competes at -- Daytona and Talladega. Last season, the youngster claimed the pole during the ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Talladega, before mechanical issues ended his shot at the victory. Earlier this year in February, Buescher won the ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Daytona International Speedway, in addition to running up front in the NCWTS race before he was spun by a fellow competitor while passing for the lead.

ROOKIE UPDATE: With only four races remaining in the 2009 season, Buescher currently sits third in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year point standings. The 19-year-old is only 16 points behind second-place Tayler Malsam, as leader Johnny Sauter has pulled ahead of the two youngsters.

FOUR TO GO: Through the first 21 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 12 top-15 efforts. The Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate has completed 92.2% of all laps competed (3205 of 3477). Buescher currently sits in the 14th position in the NCWTS Championship point standings, 128 markers behind 13th-place Terry Cook.

DID YOU KNOW?: Saturday afternoon's race at Talladega Superspeedway will be the third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Halloween. The first Halloween race took place at Phoenix International Raceway in 2003, with Kevin Harvick taking home the checkered flag. Last season, the Truck Series also raced on Halloween at Texas Motor Speedway, as Ron Hornaday Jr. crossed the finish line first claimed the best treat of the night.

LAST CHANCE TO VOTE: 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 this Saturday, 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, as time is running out!

PREVIOUS RACE RECAP: Last week at the "paperclip," Buescher returned to the legendary Martinsville Speedway for the second time this season. After a two-hour delay due to rain showers, the 19-year-old took the green flag from the 19th position, but worked his way up to 11th-place by the end of the 200-lap race. Buescher tied his first career finish at the short-track and also once took home the Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors for the fourth time this season.

JAMES BUESCHER:

BUESCHER (On racing at Talladega Superspeedway): "Racing at Talladega is always exciting and I can't wait to get back on a Superspeedway. Throughout my career so far, I have had a good amount of success at the restrictor plate tracks and I have a lot of confidence heading into this weekend's race. In February, my Circle Bar Racing team gave me a great MaxxForce International Ford and unfortunately it got killed as I was passing for the lead. The guys have been working hard to make the truck for this weekend just as good and hopefully it will be. We are also going to have a special orange and black paint scheme this weekend instead of the normal blue and orange colors, so that's pretty cool too."

-credit: jbr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Terry Cook , Johnny Sauter , James Buescher