Las Vegas: James Buescher race report

James Buescher Deals a 13th-Place Finish at Las Vegas The Raybestos Rookie Records 11th Top-15 Finish of the Season LAS VEGAS, Nev. (September 28, 2009) -- James Buescher headed to Sin City for his first race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway,...

James Buescher Deals a 13th-Place Finish at Las Vegas
The Raybestos Rookie Records 11th Top-15 Finish of the Season

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (September 28, 2009) -- James Buescher headed to Sin City for his first race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, looking for Lady Luck to be on his side. During the Las Vegas 350 on Saturday night, Buescher dodged a fellow competitor's spin early in the race and damage on the left front fender of the No. 10 MaxxForce International Ford F-150 to deal a 13th-place finish as the checkered flag flew. This was the 19-year-old's 11th top-15 finish of the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.

Starting from the 15th position, Buescher quickly maneuvered around another competitor's spin on lap three, driving through a cloud of smoke and receiving some damage on the left front fender of the Circle Bar Racing entry. As the caution came out, crew chief Jamie Jones called Buescher down pit road for the first time of the 146-lap race to check for flat-spots on the tires, repair the fender damage, top-off with fuel, and make a track bar adjustment. The Texas native restarted on lap eight from the 26th position.

Buescher steadily regained his track position, as the teenager was running in 22nd-place when the second caution slowed the field on lap 23. Radioing to his crew that his tires were "not in good shape," Buescher returned to pit road for four new tires and an air pressure adjustment, followed by a fuel stop and more damage repairs the next lap. The MaxxForce International Ford restarted from 19th-place on lap 29. The Raybestos Rookie of the Year Contender told Jones that his truck was sliding around while near other trucks and Buescher continued to race as hard as possible without losing control of the No. 10 Ford.

Another caution slowed the pace on lap 51, as Buescher was running in the 17th position. Jones radioed for Buescher to return to the attention of his pit crew for four tires and an air pressure adjustment, followed by a fuel and track bar adjustment stop. As the field restarted on lap 55, Buescher was scored in 20th-place. A long green-flag run ensued and Buescher gradually gained positions, running in the 14th-position at lap 100. Unfortunately, five laps later, the MaxxForce F-150 went one-lap down to the leaders, while in 13th-place.

Green-flag pit stops for fuel started a handful of laps later, moving Buescher to his highest running position of seventh on lap 112. Three laps later, Buescher came to pit road for a few seconds to refuel his International Ford and returned to the track in the 11th position. A caution slowed the pace on lap 120 and Buescher and his team thought the No. 10 would receive the lucky dog award. While waiting on the official word, Buescher came back down pit road for four tires and the next lap for fuel. Unfortunately, a miscommunication in the rule allowed no one to receive the Lucky Dog Award, restarting Buescher in the 12th position on lap 124, still one lap down. Fighting a tight-handling condition for the final laps, Buescher brought home a solid 13th-place finish.

"Overall it was a decent weekend for this MaxxForce International Ford team," said Buescher. "To come home with a 13th-place finish at a track that I never had seen before Saturday morning is definitely a good step for us. I think we should have received the Lucky Dog during that last caution but since Brian (Scott) was in the position even though he brought out the caution, there was no one who received their lap back. That was definitely frustrating because we would have had a top-10 finish, but we will take this and move on. We have a couple of weeks off before Martinsville and this is a good way to end this stretch."

Capturing another top-15 finish, Buescher remains in the 14th position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship point standings. He is currently only 124 points behind 13th-place Terry Cook and 205 points behind 12th-place Stacy Compton.

James Buescher and the No. 10 MaxxForce International Ford F-150 team will take a well-deserved three week hiatus before heading to Virginia, Saturday, October 24th for the running of the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway. Buescher will start his second race at the "paperclip" when the green flag drops shortly after 1:00 P.M. Eastern. SPEED will have live broadcast coverage of the 200-lap event, starting at 12:30 P.M. Eastern. Select affiliates of MRN Radio, along with Sirius-XM NASCAR Radio Channel 128 will also have the live radio broadcast.

-credit: -JBR-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Stacy Compton , Terry Cook , James Buescher