Rookie James Buescher Prepares for First Trip to Richmond BUESCHER AT RICHMOND... Friday night's race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway will be Buescher's first start at the Virginia short track. The 20-year-old rookie will see the...
Rookie James Buescher Prepares for First Trip to Richmond
BUESCHER AT RICHMOND... Friday night's race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway will be Buescher's first start at the Virginia short track. The 20-year-old rookie will see the D-shaped oval for the first time on Friday morning as the NASCAR Nationwide Series embarks on their one and only practice session.
ONE DAY SHOW... The Nationwide Series will embark on their second one day show of the season at Richmond, as the teams will practice, qualifying and race all on Friday. This makes for a long day for the teams and drivers, but having a full season of Truck Series competition under his belt, Buescher is used to one day shows.
NOT YOUR TYPICAL DOUBLE DUTY... This weekend, Buescher will pull double duty -- but not the double duty that most drivers will be doing. After the completion of the Nationwide Series race at Richmond, Buescher will fly to Kansas City, Kansas to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway. Practice and qualifying are scheduled for Saturday, with the race taking place on Sunday. For the first time this season, Buescher will pilot the No. 31 Wolfpack Rentals Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports.
CLOSE COMPETITION... The Raybestos Rookie of the Year battle continues to be close at the end of eight races. Buescher currently sits second in the standings for the prestigious award, only seven points behind leader Brian Scott. The Phoenix Racing driver holds a one-point lead over third-place Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Also, only the top 16 finishing results of each driver's season will count towards their total score, so Buescher has plenty of chances to knock out some of his bad luck finishes.
POINTS CHECK... After the completion of the first eight races, Buescher currently sits in the 20th position in the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship driver point standings. The young gun is 73 points behind 15th-place Jason Leffler and only 12 points behind 19th-place Joe Nemechek.
DID YOU KNOW?... Although Buescher has never raced at Richmond, the rookie has competed and had success at another .75-mile oval -- Memphis Motorsports Park. In his first start in the Birthplace of Rock 'n Roll, Buescher earned his first career Nationwide Series pole position (2008).
BUESCHER (On racing at Richmond International Raceway): "I've never raced at Richmond before, so I will have to take a little bit of time at the beginning of our practice session to get used to the track. I'm excited that we are going back short track racing -- that's what we all grew up racing on so it's like going back to where you started. My Phoenix Racing team has done a great job so far this season, but we can't seem to shake this bad luck that's following us. If we continue to keep doing the right things, the luck will turn around and we will get the finishes that we deserve. Once we get back on track, I really think we can make some moves and compete for wins."