* Phoenix Racing driver James Buescher rolled off from the 11th starting position for the DRIVE4COPD 300, as inclement weather on Friday afternoon forced the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) to place the field based on the 2009 owner points. * A...
* Phoenix Racing driver James Buescher rolled off from the 11th starting position for the DRIVE4COPD 300, as inclement weather on Friday afternoon forced the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) to place the field based on the 2009 owner points.
* A quick caution flew before the 43-car field could even complete one lap. Buescher fell back a few positions in his No. 1 Chevrolet, despite his car feeling pretty good. Once the field restarted, a long green-flag run ensued, which caused all teams to make pit stops under green. After the field cycled through, the 19-year-old was scored inside the top-20.
* Another caution was displayed on lap 52, as the Phoenix Racing Chevrolet returned to pit road. Unfortunately as Buescher entered pit road, first and second gear broke and as the Texas native left, the clutch burnt.
* On the next pit stop, Buescher ripped third gear out of the Chevrolet, which left the youngster with only fourth gear. Buescher had to restart each time with one gear, which hindered his ability to get up to speed as fast as his other competitors.
* Despite these conditions, Buescher made it through many cautions, including one among the leaders of the pack. As the No. 1 Chevrolet cross the finish line, Buescher had recorded an eighth-place effort.
Tony Stewart won the DRIVE4COPD 300. Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Justin Allgaier, and Brian Vickers completed the top-five finishing positions.
* In nine total career starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Buescher recorded his second top-10 finish.
* Buescher captured the Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors and currently leads the point standings by four points over second-place Brian Scott.
* The caution-flag was displayed seven times throughout the 120-lap event.
* Next Saturday, February 20, Buescher will return to racing action at Auto Club Speedway in Southern California for the Nationwide Series' second race of the 2010 season.
HOW WAS YOUR RACE?
"Not a bad run at all. Can't say enough about everybody at the shop. I broke first and second gear going into the first pit stop, burned the clutch up leaving the first pit stop then we come in for the next pit stop, ripped third gear out of it so the rest of the race all we had was fourth gear. When everybody came to pit there at the end there was no prayer that we could 'cause all we had was fourth [smiles]. I was surprised the drive train held together the whole race and we finished eighth. We restarted in fourth gear those last five or six restarts and made it through all the wrecks. I only got one scratch on the car when I hit the wall on pit road when I overshot the pit box. Everything that went wrong was all my fault today but we still rallied back and got us a top-10 finish."
HOW MANY CLOSE CALLS DID YOU HAVE?
"A lot. Junior was flying out my windshield. I had a big sigh of relief and then again when Kyle [Busch] wrecked at the end I'd just moved to the top line and he started spinning. I felt like every wreck was right around me. My heart was pounding for a lot of 'em."
DID YOU GET ANY DRAFTING HELP TODAY?
"Not by one particular car. The 43 stuck with me at the beginning of the race for a long time. The car wouldn't suck up real, real great like we needed it to but it would suck up better with somebody pushing me and it was a rare occasion that somebody was pushing me at the same time I was trying to push somebody else. Just stuck with it all day and patience got me there at the end."
HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO GET SOME MOMENTUM AT THE START OF THE SEASON?
"It's definitely important especially towards the Raybestos Rookie of the Year thing. I started off the season bad at Daytona last year with the wreck [Camping World Truck Series] and never rallied back, never led the rookie of the year points and today I'm the top finishing rookie. There's definitely a lot of momentum that goes into the whole deal and finishing fourth last week in the ARCA race with this team and finishing eighth today, it's a pretty good start to the year."