Rough Night for James Buescher in Iowa; The 19-Year-Old Finishes 30th in ARCA RE/MAX Series Race NEWTON, Iowa (July 13, 2009) -- Making his fourth ARCA RE/MAX Series start of the 2009 season, James Buescher was looking to keep his impressive ...
Rough Night for James Buescher in Iowa; The 19-Year-Old Finishes 30th in ARCA RE/MAX Series Race
NEWTON, Iowa (July 13, 2009) -- Making his fourth ARCA RE/MAX Series start of the 2009 season, James Buescher was looking to keep his impressive streak intact. Capturing two wins and a fourth-place finish in his first three races, the 19-year-old was looking to repeat his on-track success. Unfortunately, two cut tires ended Buescher's night prematurely and relegated the Plano, Texas native to a 30th-place finish in the Prairie Meadows 200 at Iowa Speedway Saturday night.
Starting from ninth-place, Buescher fell back to the 12th position at the beginning of the 200-lap event as his No. 9 Wolfpack Rentals Toyota was fighting a loose handling condition. The field continued under green-flag competition as Buescher felt his right front tire losing air. Buescher was unable to make it to pit road due to traffic, therefore the first caution flag of the night was displayed on lap 33. The Wolfpack Rentals Toyota came to pit road for four tires, fuel, and a track bar adjustment. In addition, Buescher returned to pit road the following lap to make sure that nothing was rubbing against the tire.
On lap 37, Buescher restarted the race from the 23rd position, one lap down. Quickly, the Texas native worked his way into the lucky dog position and on lap 50, the caution flew for the second time, allowing Buescher to receive his lap back. Reporting that his Toyota was "all over the place," Buescher returned to pit road for a track bar adjustment and fuel.
Restarting from the 16th position, Buescher was still fighting a primarily loose handling Toyota. Despite these ever-changing conditions, Buescher was moving closer to the top-10 when the same thing happened once again. On lap 82, a right front tire was cut for a second time, sending the teenager into the wall. This hit ended the night early for Buescher and his Wolfpack Rentals Toyota team and left them with a 30th-place finish.
"It's definitely disappointing," said Buescher. "I thought we were going to have a good night and keep our solid finishes going. Unfortunately, things happen and we think a shock bolt was cutting the tire down. The first time I was able to save it, but the second time it happened too quick to react. Hopefully when I come back here in the Truck Series, I will have a little bit better luck."
Buescher will return to racing action this Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in the Built Ford Tough 225. Buescher and his No. 10 MaxxForce International Ford F-150 team will look to capture their first win of the season in the Bluegrass State. The green flag will wave shortly after 7 P.M. Eastern and live television coverage can be seen on SPEED.