Martinsville II: James Buescher race report

James Buescher Battles Back to Finish in the 11th Position at Martinsville Speedway The 19-Year-Old Claims Raybestos Rookie of the Race Honors for the TFourth ime in 2009 MARTINSVILLE, Va. (October 26, 2009) -- James Buescher returned to the...

James Buescher Battles Back to Finish in the 11th Position at Martinsville Speedway

The 19-Year-Old Claims Raybestos Rookie of the Race Honors for the TFourth ime in 2009

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (October 26, 2009) -- James Buescher returned to the legendary Martinsville Speedway on Saturday afternoon for his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the track known as the "paperclip." During his first race held this past March, Buescher drove his No. 10 MaxxForce International Ford F-150 to an 11th-place finish, while capturing Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors. And Buescher and the Circle Bar Racing team did just the same this past weekend. After a disappointing qualifying effort, the Texas native battled his way just outside the top-10 to finish the Kroger 200 in the 11th position, recording his 12th top-15 finish of the 2009 season.

After the green-flag was delayed two-hours due to rain showers, Buescher started the 200-lap race from the 19th position and quickly reported to crew chief Jamie Jones that his MaxxForce Ford was shoving the nose up the racetrack. As the first caution of the afternoon came on lap 34, the Raybestos Rookie of the Year Contender brought his Ford to the attention of pit crew for a fuel stop, along with a track bar adjustment. Restarting on lap 39 from the 16th position, Buescher slowly dropped back three positions as his F-150 was "snapping loose and tight to the center."

Another caution slowed the field on lap 54 and Jones used the opportunity to give Buescher four fresh tires and an air pressure adjustment, followed by a fuel stop the next lap. On lap 58, the youngster restarted from 20th-place. By the halfway point on lap 100, Buescher was running just outside of the top-10, in the 11th position. For the next 40 laps, Buescher battled for a position within the top-10, while struggling with the handling on the exit of the corner. Around lap 140, the No. 10 MaxxForce truck started to slip back to the 17th position, as the right-front tire had lost all grip.

On lap 169, the caution slowed the pace once again, allowing Buescher to return to pit road for four fresh tires and an air pressure adjustment, along with a fuel stop and track bar adjustment the following lap. Restarting on lap 173, Buescher was running in 17th-place and over the final 25 laps, the 19-year-old raced his way to the 11th position, capturing the Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors for the fourth time this season.

Recording back-to-back top-15 finishes, Buescher remains in the 14th position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship point standings. He is currently 128 points behind 13th-place Terry Cook and 154 points behind 12th-place Tayler Malsam.

Carrying momentum off of their solid finish, James Buescher and his No. 10 MaxxForce International Ford F-150 team will head to Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama on Saturday, October 31st for some Halloween fun and the running of the Mountain Dew 250. SPEED will have live television coverage of the 94-lap event, beginning at 3:30 P.M. Eastern. In addition, select affiliates of MRN Radio and Sirius-XM NASCAR Radio will have the live radio broadcast.

James Buescher:

How was your race?

"I wasn't happy with the truck yesterday. We kind of gambled part of the way through the race. I think we were 115 laps or so into it and we thought about coming in, pitting and putting tires on and gambled that several would stay out. It got so tight with the fuel burning off that we started falling back. We about lost a lap there and finally the caution came out with 28 or so to go. We came in and got four tires on it and worked our way back up there. We got to where we were in the spring and I'm the Raybestos Rookie of the Race again so what more can you ask for. We didn't knock around the fender too bad either."

How important is pit strategy here at Martinsville?

"Strategy is big here because track position is so important and it's so hard to pass. I think we had the strategy figured out. The truck just fell off so we had to come in and try again. The second time it worked a little better. All in all I got a decent finish for this MaxxForce International Ford team. I think 50 more laps might have got us to a top-five finish -- probably could have used some more cautions at the end. Everybody got so strung out there during the final run. But it was a good finish for the MaxxForce guys and we will see how Talladega goes."

-credit: jbr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Terry Cook , Tayler Malsam , James Buescher