Texas II: James Buescher preview

BUESCHER AT TEXAS: Buescher has made one career start at Texas Motor Speedway, as he competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race earlier this season in June. After starting in the 20th position, Buescher piloted his No. 10 Circle Bar ...

BUESCHER AT TEXAS: Buescher has made one career start at Texas Motor Speedway, as he competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race earlier this season in June. After starting in the 20th position, Buescher piloted his No. 10 Circle Bar Racing entry to an 18th-place finish, while completing 164 of 167 (98.2%) of the laps competed. The 19-year-old will be driving in his first NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Texas Motor Speedway this Saturday.

HOME SWEET HOME: This weekend's activities at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) will mark the home state return for Buescher, as the Katy, Texas resident will race on the 1.5-mile high banks for the second time this 2009 NASCAR season. Since the opening of TMS in 1997, Buescher has attended NASCAR races as a spectator, along with competing at other tracks on the speedway's property during the beginning years of his racing career.

WELCOME BACK: Saturday's O'Reilly Challenge will be Buescher's first race of 2009 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. After a part-time NNS schedule in 2008, the youngster turned his attention to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, where Buescher has competed full-time throughout the 2009 season. In addition, next week at Phoenix International Raceway, Buescher will return to the driver's seat of the No. 1 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet.

NATIONWIDE SERIES STATS: Buescher has made six previous Nationwide Series starts, all of which came in 2008 for Braun Racing. In these starts, the rookie captured a career-best finish of seventh, in addition to claiming the pole position in his last NNS start 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 TMS in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday night. The rookie will return to his 2009 full-time effort, piloting the No. 10 MaxxForce International Ford F-150.

TESTING, 1, 2, 3: This past Monday, Buescher took part in the NASCAR Nationwide Series New Car Test at Talladega Superspeedway, driving the new Chevrolet Impala for owner James Finch. The six-hour test session, which included single-car and drafting runs, was the first testing that the Nationwide New Car has completed on a superspeedway. In 2010, the New Car will run in four races, debuting at Daytona International Speedway in July.

DID YOU KNOW?: Even though the Texas native has limited experience on the 1.5-mile quad-oval, Buescher has captured a victory at Texas Motor Speedway's other three tracks on the Fort Worth property -- Lil' Texas Motor Speedway, TMS Dirt Track, and the Infield Road Course.

STAY UP TO SPEED: The O'Reilly Challenge from Texas Motor Speedway will take the green flag this Saturday, November 7th at 12:45 P.M. Eastern. Race coverage will be televised live on ESPN2, beginning at 12 Noon Eastern, and heard live on select affiliates of PRN Radio and Sirius-XM NASCAR Radio Channel 128, beginning at 12:15 P.M. Eastern. In addition, SPEED Channel will carry television coverage of both NNS practice sessions, starting at 10 A.M. Eastern on Friday morning. Qualifying can also be seen live on SPEED at 6:30 P.M. Eastern on Friday evening.


BUESCHER (On racing at Texas Motor Speedway): "Competing at Texas Motor Speedway is always enjoyable and exciting because I have grown up watching races there, on top of participating in races on the smaller tracks when I was just starting my career. I've been fortunate to claim the victory at every track on the TMS property, except the 1.5-mile oval and hopefully this weekend, we will be able to add that trophy to our collection. A lot of my family and friends come during the race weekend since it is my home track and to be able to run in both the Truck Series race and the Nationwide Series race is something that I'm really looking forward to."

BUESCHER (On making his 2009 NNS Debut): "To make my first Nationwide Series start of the season this weekend at Texas is very special. I'm really looking forward to climbing back behind the wheel of the Nationwide car, because I haven't since Memphis in 2008. I want to thank James Finch, Marc Reno, and Miccosukee Resort & Gaming for letting me have the opportunity to compete in their equipment and for their organization. Mr. Finch has established a top-notch program that can run up-front competitively every week. I'm really looking forward to the race on Saturday."

BUESCHER (On Monday's NNS New Car Test held at Talladega Superspeedway): "Overall the Nationwide Series New Car test was very successful from my point of view. We were able to do single-car runs on top of drafting runs in the afternoon, which helped NASCAR gain a little more insight on which restrictor plate and gearing to use when the car is debuted at Daytona next July. This was the first superspeedway test and since it was Talladega, the handling of the car was one area that we didn't really get to tweak on. But, NASCAR has done a great job with this New Car and they should be commended for the efforts of making better racing for the fans and for improving the safety for the drivers even more than it already is."

-credit: jbr

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