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James Buescher Phoenix Truck Series Recap

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James Buescher Phoenix International Raceway NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Recap


November 12, 2010


James Buescher headed to Phoenix International Raceway this weekend to do double-duty in the desert for Great Clips. The longest-running primary sponsor in the Nationwide Series adorned the hood of Buescher’s No. 31 Chevrolet Silverado in the Lucas Oil 150 on Friday night as well as his No. 11 entry in the Nationwide Series event on Saturday. The busy weekend proved successful for the Plano, Texas-native who brought home an 11th place finish in Friday night’s main event.


The Great Clips team unloaded on Thursday confident that they had the equipment and the driver to contend for the win the next night. The team used Thursday’s two practice sessions to perfect the handling of the No. 31 Silverado and on Friday afternoon Buescher qualified the Great Clips Chevrolet in the 18th position to start the evening’s event.


As soon as the green flag waved, Buescher began charging his way through the field. By the time the night’s first caution flag was displayed on lap 18, he was running in the 12th position and took the break in green-flag racing to describe his Chevy to the Great Clips crew as snappy loose in the corners and tight off of turn four. Almost immediately upon returning to green-flag racing conditions, Buescher took over the 11th spot and set his sights on the top-10.


The night’s second caution flag was displayed by NASCAR officials on lap 54 and two laps later crew chief, Michael Shelton, called his driver to pit road for service and adjustments. The Great Clips crew quickly went to work changing four tires with air pressure adjustments, packing the Silverado full of fuel and adding one spring rubber to the right rear of the truck. Gaining one position on pit road, Buescher restarted the race in the 10th spot. When the caution flag was thrown again on lap 61, Buescher quickly reported to his crew.


“The changes helped a lot. We are not nearly as snappy loose. I’m really liking where we are now with the handling!” reported Buescher.


When the field went back to green-flag racing conditions, Buescher was in the eighth position. When the night’s next caution was displayed on lap 90, Shelton made the call not to come to pit road to gain valuable track position. The Great Clips Chevy restarted the race from the front of the field. Buescher was only able to hold off the new tires behind him for so long and when the night’s final caution flag waved on lap 115 he was in the 19th position. Buescher made his way to pit road for service when it opened and the Great Clips crew changed four tires, packed the Chevy with fuel and made air pressure and track bar adjustments.


He made the final restart of the night from the 18th position and quickly began making his way back to the front. When the checkered flag flew after 150 exciting laps the No. 31 Great Clips Chevrolet was just outside the top-10 in 11th position.


“We had a pretty good night tonight in the Great Clips Chevrolet. I’m happy with the way the truck was running and Michael [shelton, crew chief] made some really good changes,” Buescher said following the Lucas Oil 150. “I want to thank Great Clips for all their support this weekend. We’ll go home this week and come back in Miami ready to contend for the win for Turner Motorsports!”


The No. 31 Turner Motorsports team will return to action this Friday, November 19that the Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Ford 200 will be broadcast live on SPEED with coverage beginning at 7:30 pm EST. The race can also be heard on MRN Radio as well as Sirius/XM Radio channel 128 at 7:45 pm EST.

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