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James Buescher Phoenix International Raceway NNS Recap


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James Buescher Phoenix International Raceway NNS Recap

 

James Buescher crossed the finish line in the 22nd spot in the Wypall 200 on Saturday afternoon at Phoenix International Raceway. For the second week in a row, the 20-year-old Plano, TX native was struck by bad luck which ruined his day.

 

Starting in the 24th position, Buescher quickly went to work at the drop of the green flag. Picking up five spots in the first 20 laps, he reported back to crew chief, Stewart Cooper, that the No. 11 Great Clips Toyota had picked up a tight handling characteristic. When the yellow flag came out on lap 23, Buescher brought the No. 11 machine to the attention of the Great Clips crew taking on four fresh Goodyear tires, fuel and air pressure adjustment.

 

Restarting on lap 30 in the 18th position, Buescher pounced on the field as he methodically picked up six spots before another caution flag was displayed to the field on lap 63. Buescher reported the changes the team made on the first pit stop helped, but needed his No. 11 Great Clips car to really rotate the center of the corner in order to continue his quest to the front. Back green, Buescher would fend off charges from his competitors and eventually begin running times as fast as the leader. It became evident that the longer the green-flag run, the faster Buescher and the No. 11 Great Clips car became.

 

The yellow was again displayed to the field on lap 116, giving Cooper and the Great Clips team another chance to work on the car. Four fresh tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment gave Buescher a car they felt like would make it to the front. The rising star restarted the 200-lap event in the 15th position on lap 121. On lap 147, Buescher radioed into his team that he had a tire going down. He brought the No. 11 Great Clips Toyota to pit road and the crew changes two right side tires.

 

Buescher would return to the track one lap down in the 22nd position, where he would finish the race.

 

“We need to find a lucky horseshoe or something,” Buescher said after the race. “For the second week in a row, a tire going down has ruined our chance at a good finish. The Great Clips team was great today. [stewart] Cooper gave me a great car that we were making good strides on getting faster as we climbed through the field. It’s just a shame that it was cut short by something outside our control.”

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