USAR: Lakeland: Turner Motorsports preview

Turner Motorsports, Buescher and Helton Ready to Take on Lakeland Two Rookies Take on Pro Cup Series as One Team CONCORD, NC (March 2, 2007) -- At first glance, Gary Helton and James Buescher may not look like they have a lot in common. Buescher...

Turner Motorsports, Buescher and Helton Ready to Take on Lakeland
Two Rookies Take on Pro Cup Series as One Team

CONCORD, NC (March 2, 2007) -- At first glance, Gary Helton and James Buescher may not look like they have a lot in common. Buescher is a relative newcomer to full-bodied stockcars, but in his rookie season in the ASA Late Model South Series he walked away with the 2006 Championship.

On the other hand, there is Gary Helton, one of the most respected drivers in the entire Southeast. And now, in 2007, they will combine their experiences in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series. Both will be rookies and that first race, and first chance to stake their claim on the Rookie of the Year award, will come next Saturday at USA International Speedway.

"I am very excited to get behind the wheel again," said Buescher. "I haven't been in a race since the Snowflake back in December, so we are getting really anxious.

"Last week we spent two weeks testing in Lakeland, me and Gary Helton. We went up to South Georgia and spent two days there just getting some time behind the wheel. We have gotten a lot of laps in just trying to get used to the car, getting used to working with my new crew chief Danny Gill, and just doing everything that we need to do to get ready."

Buescher dominated in 2006 in the ASA Late Model South Series, but these cars are quite a bit different. The Pro Cup cars are a little bit heavier and hold a lot more horsepower than the crate engine vehicles Buescher is used to. But he doesn't see that as being a problem.

"I actually like the Pro Cup car a lot better than the ASA car that we won the championship with last year. I like the way the car handles, and it has more horse power."

While Helton is a veteran at short tracks throughout the Southeast, Lakeland is going to be a new one for him. And Lakeland has some history, but both Helton and Buescher have the luxury of having two cars to get feedback from.

"I have never run at Lakeland before," added Buescher. "So that test was the first time that I had been on the track. I am definitely sure that we will be able to help each other at every track. It was actually the first time that Helton had been at Lakeland, too, so we just kind of helped each other out."

Helton agrees with Buescher; two cars are better than one, especially at a track like Lakeland.

"The test went really well at Lakeland," said Helton. "It will be a big help having a partner that we can share information with. We might try two different things at one time with two different cars, and we would be able to get a lot of feedback. It was real productive for both of us; I think it will really help our team. Hopefully one of us will be up front come Saturday."

-credit: tm

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