Texas: James Buescher race report

- James Buescher returned to Texas Motor Speedway, his home track and the site of his first Nationwide Series start with Phoenix Racing last November, looking for his luck to take a turn for the better. After two solid practice sessions, Buescher...

- James Buescher returned to Texas Motor Speedway, his home track and the site of his first Nationwide Series start with Phoenix Racing last November, looking for his luck to take a turn for the better. After two solid practice sessions, Buescher qualified his No. 1 Chevrolet in the 33rd starting position with a lap time of 29.686 seconds.

- Heavy rain showers entered the Fort Worth area on Saturday, forcing the Nationwide Series race to be postponed until Sunday. Unfortunately, Sunday's forecast was just as wet, causing both the Sprint Cup Series and the Nationwide Series to have a Monday full of 800-miles of racing at "The Great American Speedway!"

- The sixth stop of the 2010 season began Monday evening under clear skies and Buescher steadily passed his competitors to gain positions on the track, holding the 24th position by lap 20. NASCAR mandated a competition caution to be waved on lap 25 for the teams to come down pit road and check tire wear as the cars had not been on the Texas track since Friday. The Marc Reno and Nick Harrison-led team called Buescher to pit road under this caution for four tires, fuel, and minor adjustments. A fast pit stop allowed Buescher to gain six positions and restart on lap 32 from 16th-place.

- The second caution of the 300-mile race was displayed on lap 68 and Buescher returned to pit road. This yellow flag conditions allowed the No. 1 crew to repair and patch a hole in the grill of the Chevrolet that was impairing Buescher's speed. The hole was caused by a piece of debris on the track. Because of the extra time spent on pit road, Buescher restarted on lap 75 from the 24th position.

- Over the next 50 laps, Buescher continued to feel out the car and was able to move up a couple positions to 22nd-place. The leaders began green-flag pit stops around lap 130, which enabled Buescher to capitalize and gain track position. Hoping for a caution before coming to pit road, Buescher moved up to second-place by lap 142. No lucky breaks took place, forcing the No. 1 Chevrolet to come in for four tires and fuel. Through this sequence of events and the pace that was set by the leaders, Buescher lost one lap.

- The fourth and final caution slowed the field on lap 168, allowing Buescher and numerous other competitors to receive the wave around and return to the tail end of the lead lap. Running in the 21st position, Buescher quickly gain positions and moved into 16th-place with 27 laps remaining.

- Over the final 25 laps, Buescher and fellow competitor Michael Annett engaged in a clean and hard racing battle. As the checkered flag waved, Buescher crossed the line in the 17th position.

Kyle Busch won the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300. Joey Logano, Reed Sorenson, Brad Keselowski, and Kevin Harvick completed the top-five finishing positions.

- Buescher's solid run in his home state allowed him to pick up two positions in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver Point Standings. The Raybestos Rookie of the Year Contender is 74 points behind 15th-place Michael Annett but only nine points behind 18th-place Joe Nemechek.

- Next stop for Buescher and the No. 1 Phoenix Racing team is Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, for the running of the Aaron's 312 on Saturday, April 24, 2010.

JAMES BUESCHER:

"Coming back and racing in my home state is always fun and I enjoy it. But the weather this week was not what we were looking for. People say everything is always bigger in Texas and I guess by the rain delays we had, it's true. My Phoenix Racing guys did a good job all weekend, working the ARCA race and the Nationwide race. Unfortunately we didn't get the result that we were looking for in either one. We had a piece of debris come and put a hole in our grill towards the beginning of the race and that hindered our performance today. This bad luck seems to be following us everywhere the past few weeks, but we will keep pushing through. Soon it will turn our way and we can capture the top-10 and top-five finishes that I know this team is capable of."

-source: jbr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Brad Keselowski , Joey Logano , Michael Annett , James Buescher , Kyle Busch
Teams Phoenix Racing