On Saturday morning at Auto Club Speedway, James Buescher took to the 2-mile D-shaped oval for his qualifying effort. Buescher clocked in a lap of 40.55 seconds at 177.559 seconds in his No. 1 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet. Despite his draw as the...
On Saturday morning at Auto Club Speedway, James Buescher took to the 2-mile D-shaped oval for his qualifying effort. Buescher clocked in a lap of 40.55 seconds at 177.559 seconds in his No. 1 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet. Despite his draw as the first car on the racetrack, the youngster's lap time held up for the ninth starting position.
Starting the 150-lap race from the inside of row five, Buescher quickly began to work both the high and low lines on the wide racetrack to advance his position. As the field began to stretch out, Buescher remained inside the top-10, running as high as the eighth position. The first caution of the afternoon came out on lap 34 for debris in turn three, as Buescher was scored in 10th-place. The Phoenix Racing crew, led by Marc Reno and Nick Harrison, called the Texas native to pit road for four fresh tires, fuel, and adjustments as Buescher was facing a tight-handling condition.
On the lap 38 restart, Buescher rolled off from the 11th position. As the 43-car field regained full speed on the restart, Buescher lost a few positions, as the adjustments made on the previous pit stop, loosened up the No. 1 Chevrolet. By lap 60, Buescher had worked his way back up to 13th-place. Another long caution-free period ensued, forcing all teams to make green-flag pit stops, which began to cycle through on lap 78. Staying out as long as possible, hoping for a caution, Buescher took the opportunity to lead three laps, before coming to pit road on lap 85. The Phoenix Racing pit crew changed four tires, fuel and made adjustments to help the handling of the car even more.
After the entire field had completed their green-flag pit stops, a caution slowed the pace on lap 88 for debris on the frontstretch. While some teams elected to pit once again, Buescher stayed on the racetrack and restarted on lap 92 from the eighth position.
As the race continued with few caution periods, Buescher ran in the 11th position on lap 110. The Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender worked on trying to regain a spot inside the top-10 as a caution waved on lap 120, as Buescher was running in 12th-place. Staying on the racetrack, Buescher restarted on lap 125 in the same position.
Over the final 20 scheduled laps, the racing action picked up and Buescher maintained his 12th running position. A spin on the racetrack with four laps remaining, set the field up for a green-white-checkered flag finish. Buescher and his Phoenix Racing crew elected to come to pit road for fresh tires, but unfortunately a minor mistake during the stop, cost the 19-year-old valuable positions on the track. As the green-flag waved on lap 151, Buescher ran in the 19th-place. Over the final two laps, Buescher challenged his competitors hard and was able to cross the finish line in the 13th position.
Unofficially, Buescher sits eighth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, 64 points behind seventh-place Steve Wallace.
Next weekend Buescher and his Phoenix Racing crew will head to Sin City for the third stop of the 2010 season.
How was your race? "Our race wasn't bad. We had a really good qualifying run and were able to start inside the top-10. Our No. 1 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet started off tight, but then it got pretty loose. The guys kept working on it and making it better as we went through the weekend and I have to thank them for that. We had a little mistake on the last pit stop, but were able to bounce back on the green-white-checkered finish to come home with a 13th-place finish. We feel like we could have definitely finished higher than that, but sometimes that is how the cards fall and we will move on to Las Vegas."