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James Bueshcer, Mike Wallace tangle at Daytona Nationwide event


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James Buescher - No. 30 Ron Jon/Quiksilver Chevrolet - Daytona International Speedway – Subway Jalapeno 250 - July 6, 2012

 

James Buescher and the No. 30 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet team returned to the famed Daytona International Speedway sporting the colors of new sponsors Ron Jon Surf Shop and Quiksilver. There was quite a bit of nostalgia in the air as the team reminisced about their trip to victory lane in the season opening race at “The World Center of Speed.” The team unloaded the same car that was showered with Gatorade and had the same high hopes for Friday night’s Subway Jalapeno 250.

 

Buescher started Friday night’s 100-lap race from the 15th position, but in only five laps the 22-year-old navigated his red-and-black Chevrolet well inside the top-five. He radioed into the Ron Jon/Quiksilver Chevrolet team describing the car as really strong and stable.

 

When the caution flag waived on lap seven for a car stalled on the “Superstretch”, the No. 30 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet prepared to roll down the pit lane. Buescher stopped in pit stall 28 two laps later for a splash of Sunoco racing fuel.

 

The race was again put back under green-flag conditions on lap 11 and the Ron Jon/Quiksilver Chevy was positioned in the 14th spot. Buescher spent the next 20 laps keep his nose clean and experimenting with both the high and low grooves, to see which line was most comfortable.

 

The caution flag again waived on lap 40 for an incident coming out of turn two. Buescher took the caution period to come down the pit lane for fresh tires and fuel.

 

The field took the green flag on lap 45 and the Ron Jon/Quiksilver Chevrolet Impala was in the 10th position. Buescher again started to march towards the front and by lap 62, the No. 30 machine had captured the race lead. He and his drafting partner Brad Keselowski steadily inched their way away from the competition.

 

Unfortunately, disaster struck two laps later as the No. 01 machine of Mike Wallace pulled right down in front of Buescher sending them both into the outside retaining wall. The team worked to make the necessary repairs, but the damage was too extensive, and the Ron Jon/Quiksilver Chevrolet was relegated a 34th place result.

 

“What a tough night,” commented Buescher after the incident on lap 65. “We had a great car tonight and were trying to get in a position to be there at the end. I want to thank Ron Jon and Quiksilver for coming on board this weekend. They are both great companies and hopefully we can continue the relationship and get them the finish they deserve.”

 

 

The NASCAR Nationwide Series is back in action next Saturday afternoon at the “Magic Mile”. The F.W. Webb 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway will be televised live on Saturday, July 14th at 2:30 pm EST on ESPN. The event can also be heard on PRN Radio as well as Sirius Satellite Radio, channel 90

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