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James Buescher Takes His Impressive Plate Track Resume to Talladega BUESCHER AT TALLADEGA... Buescher has made two career starts at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway -- his first in the ARCA Racing Series and his most recent start in the NASCAR ...

James Buescher Takes His Impressive Plate Track Resume to Talladega

BUESCHER AT TALLADEGA... Buescher has made two career starts at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway -- his first in the ARCA Racing Series and his most recent start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In 2008, Buescher competed in his first race at the famed Alabama track and captured his first pole award in ARCA competition. After starting from the front row, Buescher broke a transmission on lap one and a short 35 laps later, the car was unable to continue, relegating the young gun to a 31st-place finish. Last season, Buescher returned to the track in his full season of Truck Series action, qualifying in the 19th position. Running in the top-10 for the majority of the event, Buescher was collected in the big one, which left the driver with a 15th-place effort.

DOUBLE DUTY... Buescher will pull double duty once again this Friday and Saturday, as the young gun competes in both the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards event and the NASCAR Nationwide Series race respectively. In addition to driving the No. 51 Phoenix Racing entry on Friday afternoon, Buescher will pilot the No. 1 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet in his full-time effort. This will be the third ARCA Racing Series event that the 20-year-old and his team have competed in this season.

SUPERSPEEDWAY STATS... Despite being a rookie in the Nationwide Series, Buescher has impressive stats at the two superspeedway tracks that NASCAR competes on -- Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and Talladega. Both of Buescher's two career ARCA poles have come on each of the superspeedways -- 2008 at Talladega and this past February at Daytona. In addition, Buescher won the 2009 ARCA event at Daytona, as well as running up front in the Truck Series event before he was spun by a fellow competitor. In his and Phoenix Racing's most recent ARCA superspeedway start at Daytona this season, Buescher started from the front row and finished in the fourth position, which they followed up with an eighth-place effort in the Nationwide Series race the next week.

NATIONWIDE POINTS CHECK... At the conclusion of six Nationwide Series races, Buescher currently sits in the 19th position in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship point standings. The youngster trails 15th-place Michael Annett by 74 points, but is only nine points behind 18th-place Joe Nemechek.

ROOKIE ON A ROLL... Buescher continues to stay in the hunt for the Raybestos Rookie of the Year Award. Each week, the Phoenix Racing team has a goal to win the Rookie of the Race honors and build a solid foundation for the remainder of the season. Buescher currently sits second in the point standings, within striking distance of leader Brian Scott who holds a two-point advantage.

DID YOU KNOW?... Buescher traveled from Texas to Talladega in his motor home on Tuesday, just like the fans do every week. Over 700 miles were logged for Buescher and his motor home driver on the road trip.

LOOKING BACK... Last week at Texas Motor Speedway, Buescher pulled double-duty at his home track, competing in both the ARCA and Nationwide Series events. As the ARCA Racing Series hit the race track on Thursday for practice, Buescher only was able to complete two laps in his car before the engine expired, forcing the team to start the race with a blind set-up. During the race, Buescher started deep in the field as rain washed out qualifying, but the team overcame those obstacles to run up front in contention for the win. Running as high as second-place, Buescher's right-rear tire lost air with a handful of laps remaining and forced the driver to come to pit road for fresh rubber, finishing in the 18th position. The Nationwide Series race was washed out literally for two straight days due to a storm system over the Fort Worth area. Once the race began under clear skies on Monday afternoon, Buescher made progress but a piece of debris punctured a hole into the front bumper of the No. 1 Chevrolet early in the event. After losing a lap for green flag pit stops, Buescher returned to the lead lap with help from the wave around rule, allowing the rookie to battle for positions. In the end, the Phoenix Racing team left Texas with a 17th-place finish. After the event, the team found a broken pin in the sway bar, which caused Buescher to complete all 200-laps without the front sway bar.


BUESCHER (On racing at Talladega Superspeedway): "Talladega is a track that I always can't wait to get back to. I enjoy racing on all types of tracks throughout the year, but I have the superspeedway races circled on the schedule. Over my career, I have had a lot of good runs at Daytona and Talladega -- poles, wins, strong runs, pretty much everything so hopefully that continues this weekend. Last week our bad luck continued, but we are moving in the right direction and I'm confident that we will perform strong in both races. The luck will turn around soon and we'll be ready to capitalize."

-source: jbr

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Drivers Joe Nemechek , Michael Annett , James Buescher , James Buscher
Teams Phoenix Racing