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Buescher survives wild race en route to top-ten finish

 

Caution-plagued Pro Cup race is a struggle for Texas teen

 

 

CECIL, GA (March 31, 2007) - On the heels of a third place finish in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series opener at Lakeland, James Buescher expected his Turner Motorsports team to be on the gas at South Georgia Motorsports Park, the site for the second round of competition in the Pro Cup Series - Southern Division.

 

Unfortunately, Buescher was forced to spend the day making lemonade out of lemons, only able to muster a lap of 18.924 in qualifying, placing him 21st on the grid for the start of the evening's BFGoodrichTires.com 250.

 

The race itself was an endurance test of sorts for Buescher and the No. 84 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet. Four separate pit stops, including three tire changes, couldn't alleviate any of the handling difficulties. The event, plagued by 14 caution flags and two red flags, took its toll on Buescher who encountered trouble in three separate incidents: the first, getting spun by driver Tom Hessert on lap 183, the second, another altercation with Hessert on lap 193, and the third getting caught up in a lap 229 accident involving fellow competitors Drew Herring and Mark McFarland.

 

Though a rough outing, Buescher managed to bring his Chevrolet home with a ninth place finish, securing his fourth top-ten finish in as many Pro Cup outings and his second of the season.

 

The 18 year-old was displeased with the day's showing:

 

"We took a terrible car and made it into a bad car," said Buescher. "We need to come into these Pro Cup races and compete for wins. We’re capable of doing that but it didn't show today.

 

"We finished third at this place at the end of last year, so we know everything is in place to win here," Buescher continued. "It's a shame we couldn't find the right combination all day, but fortunately we've still got a full season to prove ourselves in this series."

 

Up Next for James: James Buescher will head to Avondale, Arizona for a double-dip of stock car action: the NASCAR Camping World West Series race behind the wheel of Teddy Marsh Racing's No. 31 entry and the NASCAR Nationwide Series race, making his series debut in Braun Racing's No. 32 Great Clip Toyota.

 

James Buescher Bio and Career Highlights

 

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Birthdate: March 26, 1990

Birthplace: Melbourne, FL

Residence: Sheridan, TX

Martial Status: Single

 

James Buescher– Career Highlights

 

2001 – Buescher was first introduced to auto-racing at age eleven when his Dad and older brother took him to the Lone Star Legends Driving School at Lil’ Texas Motor Speedway.

 

2002 - On his 12th birthday, his parents surprised him with a new Bandolero Car. James’ first win came soon after - at Lil’ Texas Motor Speedway.

 

2004 – Buescher won the 2004 Bandolero Young Gun National Championship

 

2005- Buescher started racing Legend cars in 2004 and just one year later, won the Legends Young Lions National Championship.

 

2006 – Trying his luck in the ASA Late Model Southern Division, Buescher won the championship in 2006 and became the youngest ASA Late Model winner at age 16. He also took Rookie of the Year honors.

 

2007 – Buescher competed in a full Hooters Pro Cup season and finished 10th in the final point standings. He also ran NASCAR Busch East races and seven ARCA/Remax Series events. At 16 James became the youngest winner in ARCA RE/MAX Series history taking the checkered flag at Lakeland Speedway in March. In those seven starts he earned four top-five and 6 top-10 finishes, and led a total of 107 laps.

 

2008- He will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Phoenix International Speedway and will compete in five additional events at Kentucky, Milwaukee, Gateway, ORP, and Memphis. Buescher will also compete in the NASCAR Camping World Series, the Hooters Pro Cup Series, and the ARCA/Remax Series.

 

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