Phoenix II: James Buescher preview

BUESCHER AT PHOENIX: Prior to this weekend's events, Buescher has made two career starts at Phoenix International Raceway. Last spring (2008), Buescher competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race for Braun Racing, where the 19-year-old started...

BUESCHER AT PHOENIX: Prior to this weekend's events, Buescher has made two career starts at Phoenix International Raceway. Last spring (2008), Buescher competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race for Braun Racing, where the 19-year-old started from the 17th position and finished in the 18th position, completing 201 of 202 laps (99.5%). In addition, Buescher has participated in a NASCAR Camping World West Series race during the 2008 season. The Texas native qualified in the 20th position, fought his way towards the front, and came home in sixth-place.

NATIONWIDE SERIES STATS: Through his short but impressive career, Buescher has made seven Nationwide Series starts, six of which came in 2008 for Braun Racing and one for Phoenix Racing last week at Texas Motor Speedway. In these starts, the rookie captured a career-best finish of seventh, in addition to claiming the pole position at Memphis Motorsports Park (October 2008).

DOUBLE DUTY: In addition to driving the No. 1 Miccosukee Resort & Gaming Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing on Saturday afternoon, Buescher will also compete at PIR in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday night. The Raybestos Rookie of the Year Candidate will return to his 2009 full-time effort, piloting the No. 10 MaxxForce International Ford F-150.

AUTOGRAPH SESSION: On Saturday, November 14th, prior to Nationwide Series qualifying, Buescher will join other NNS drivers for an autograph session from 8:30 to 9:30 A.M. in Gatorade Victory Lane at PIR. To participate, fans are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or a $5 donation, as all donations will be made to the West Davidson Food Pantry in Davidson, N.C.

DID YOU KNOW?: Buescher made his first career Nationwide Series start at Phoenix International Raceway last spring.

PREVIOUS RACE RECAP: Last week, Buescher, a Texas native who grew up watching and competing at The Great American Speedway!, made his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start of 2009 at Texas Motor Speedway with Phoenix Racing, piloting the No. 1 Miccosukee Resort & Gaming Chevrolet. Although Buescher had an unsatisfactory qualifying lap and fell one lap down early in the race, the teenager and the James Finch-owned team fought back and crossed the finish line with an impressive 11th-place effort.

STAY UP TO SPEED: The Able Body Labor 200 from Phoenix International Raceway will take the green flag this Saturday, November 14th at 4:30 P.M. Eastern. Race coverage will be televised live on ESPN2, beginning at 4 P.M. Eastern, and heard live on select affiliates of PRN Radio and Sirius-XM NASCAR Radio Channel 128, beginning at 4 P.M. Eastern. In addition, SPEED Channel will carry television coverage of both NNS practice sessions, at 11:30 A.M. and 3:30 P.M. Eastern respectively on Friday. Qualifying can also be seen live on SPEED at 12 Noon Eastern on Saturday.

QUOTES FROM BEHIND THE WHEEL:

BUESCHER (On racing at Phoenix International Raceway): "I'm looking forward to going back to Phoenix and racing in both the Truck Series and Nationwide Series this weekend. I competed in two different races there last year -- one in the Camping World West Series and one in Nationwide and hopefully the seat time that I got in both of those races will help me out this time around. Phoenix is such a unique track that your car has to be set-up well to run up front and I'm confident that the guys on the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming Chevrolet team will give me another good piece."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers James Buescher
Teams Phoenix Racing