Phoenix II: James Buescher race report

James Buescher Scores 13th-Place Finish in NASCAR Nationwide Series Race at Phoenix International Raceway AVONDALE, Ariz. (November 16, 2009) -- For his second consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race of 2009 with Phoenix Racing, in ...

James Buescher Scores 13th-Place Finish in NASCAR Nationwide Series Race at Phoenix International Raceway

AVONDALE, Ariz. (November 16, 2009) -- For his second consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race of 2009 with Phoenix Racing, in preparation for the pair's full-time effort next season, James Buescher returned to the site of his first NNS start -- Phoenix International Raceway. Piloting the No. 1 Miccosukee Resort & Gaming Chevrolet, Buescher qualified in the 20th position and battled his way to a 13th-place finish when the checkered flag flew on the Able Body Labor 200.

Starting the 200-lap race from 20th-place, Buescher quickly moved into the 14th position when the first caution waved on lap 9 for two fellow competitors spinning in front of the No. 1 Chevrolet. The Texas native did a good job of maneuvering his way through the wreck, escaping without any damage. As the field restarted on lap 13, Buescher was scored in the 13th position. As a long green-flag run ensued, the rookie slowly lost positions and fell to 17th-place as the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming Impala was facing a tight-handling condition entering the corner and a loose-handling condition exiting the corner.

As other competitors started to come to pit road for green-flag stops, Buescher was able to move into the 12th position, when the caution slowed the field on lap 79. The Marc Reno and Nick Harrison-led team called Buescher to the attention of his crew for four fresh tires, fuel, in addition to air pressure and track bar adjustments. On the lap 84 restart, the 19-year-old was running in the 11th position, which is where Buescher stayed until another wreck took place directly in front of the Phoenix Racing Chevrolet, 20 laps later. Once again, Buescher was able to escape without any damage.

When pit road opened, Reno and Harrison radioed for Buescher to come down and pit for four tires, fuel, and a minor air pressure adjustment, as the Chevrolet was handling "pretty good" after the adjustments made on the previous stop. On lap 105, the field went back to green-flag conditions, as Buescher ran in the 12th position. The youngster was able to move up one position before returning to pit road 50 laps later, as a caution flew for debris. Buescher came to the attention of his pit crew for four tires, fuel, and an air pressure adjustment to help the loose-handling condition. The field restarted on lap 157, with Buescher tallied in the 13th position. For the final 43 laps, Buescher continued to run inside the top-15 before crossing the finish line in 13th-place.

"Overall it was a decent day for this Miccosukee Resort & Gaming Chevrolet team," said Buescher, after the race. "We battled hard throughout the whole race and the car was pretty good. Marc (Reno) and Nick (Harrison) just made small adjustments to fine tune the car as the race went on. I would have liked to finish in the top-10, but these two races have helped us get used to each other in preparation for next season. I'm really looking forward to the opportunity that I have been given for 2010 and we are going to finish in the top-10 and contend for wins."

-credit: jbr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers James Buescher
Teams Phoenix Racing