Talladega: James Buescher race report

Early Wreck Costs James Buescher Solid Finish at Talladega - James Buescher came to Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway with an impressive resume on both of the superspeedways that NASCAR competes at: Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and the ...

Early Wreck Costs James Buescher Solid Finish at Talladega

- James Buescher came to Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway with an impressive resume on both of the superspeedways that NASCAR competes at: Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and the 2.66-mile Alabama track. Under clear skies on Friday morning, Buescher qualified his No. 1 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet in the 12th starting position for the seventh stop on the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) schedule.

- For the second consecutive week, Mother Nature played havoc with the Nationwide Series, causing the Aaron's 312 to be postponed from Saturday to Sunday, following the Sprint Cup Series race, due to heavy thunderstorms with possible tornado activity.

- As the green flag waved shortly after 4:45 PM Central Time on Sunday, Buescher started from the outside of row six. Quickly the 43-car field began racing two and three wide around the track and Buescher searched the high, middle, and low lines, looking for the right lane to be in to make it to the front. With five laps completed, the Texas native was scored in the 25th position due to the dancing of the draft.

- Just as quickly as Buescher was shuffled to the back of the pack, the 20-year-old made a charge on the low line to break into the top-10, running in eighth-place by lap 13. As the field began to calm down before the competition caution on lap 20, Buescher was content with riding until the tire wear could be checked under the first caution.

- Unfortunately, as the field began to move around to prepare to slow down for the upcoming caution, contact was made at the front of the field, sending a competitor spinning and creating a huge melee with only 20 laps in the books.

- Buescher tried to make it through the spinning cars and debris, but with nowhere to go, the No. 1 Chevrolet was collected and sustained a heavy amount of front and rear damage. With numerous cars being beyond repair and out of the race, the Phoenix Racing crew began to fix the damage to the best they could to allow Buescher to go make a few more laps to gain as many positions and points as possible. After the accident on the track, Buescher was credited with 43rd-place.

- After the quick work by the team, Buescher returned to the track and completed additional laps, gaining six running positions to come home in 37th-place.

Brad Keselowski won the Aaron's 312. Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Jason Keller, and Johnny Bornemann completed the top-five finishing positions.

FAST FACTS:

- The caution flag waved for a total of six times, accounting for 15 of 117 laps.

- With the bad luck continuing to follow Buescher, the Raybestos Rookie of the Year Contender dropped one position to 20th-place in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver Championship Point Standings. Buescher is only 12 points behind 19th-place Joe Nemechek and 140 points behind 18th-place Kenny Wallace.

- Next stop for Buescher and the No. 1 Phoenix Racing team is Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, for the running of the Bubba Burger 250 on Friday, April 30, 2010. All the action can be seen live on ESPN2 beginning at 7 PM Eastern.

- After the Nationwide Series race at Richmond, Buescher will fly to Kansas Speedway for the fifth race of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule, competing for the first time in the No. 31 Wolfpack Rentals Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports.

JAMES BUESCHER:

"This is really unfortunate and I just don't know what we have to do to get this bad luck to stop following us. We had a good No. 1 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet and could run pretty much any line on the track. I went from the high to the middle and to the bottom seeing where my car handled the best and we were digging in the bottom lane. That competition caution was coming up and I think everyone was trying to get in position for that, but someone made contact up front which started a big one on lap 20. I couldn't go anywhere without being in it and it's a shame. I enjoy plate racing but it wasn't my friend this weekend. We'll keep moving forward, head to Richmond next Friday night and see what we can do. I'm also racing the Truck race in Kansas and I'm definitely excited about that."

-source: jbr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Joe Nemechek , Kenny Wallace , Brad Keselowski , Joey Logano , James Buescher
Teams Turner Motorsport , Phoenix Racing