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James Buescher (born March 26, 1990)[1] is a former American professional stock car racing driver, and the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion. In 2015, Buescher left NASCAR to pursue a career in the Real Estate business. Buescher currently owns and operates his own Real Estate business, Buescher Realty LLC. Currently he has no plans of returning to NASCAR.

James Buescher
James Buescher Road America 2013.jpg
Buescher at Road America, 2013
Born (1990-03-26) March 26, 1990 (age 29)
Melbourne, Florida
Achievements2012 Camping World Truck Series Champion
2006 ASA Late Model Series South Champion
2004 Bandolero Young Gun National Champion
Awards2006 ASA Most Popular Driver
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
91 races run over 7 years
2014 position10th
Best finish10th (2014)
First race2008 Bashas' Supermarkets 200 (Phoenix)
Last race2014 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
First win2012 DRIVE4COPD 300 (Daytona)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 16 2
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
119 races run over 7 years
2015 position36th
Best finish1st (2012)
First race2008 Ford 200 (Homestead)
Last race2015 Kroger 250 (Martinsville)
First win2012 SFP 250 (Kansas)
Last win2013 Fan Appreciation 200 (Iowa)
Wins Top tens Poles
6 62 5
NASCAR Pinty's Series career
1 race run over 1 year
2013 position59th
Best finish59th (2013)
First race2013 Pinty's Presents the Clarington 200 (Mosport)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of March 28, 2015.

He is the cousin of 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Chris Buescher.

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Early careerEdit

Buescher's earliest racing success came in 2004 when he became a national champion in the Young Gun division of Bandolero racing at Texas Motor Speedway.[2] He then moved on to the American Speed Association where, in 2006, he was named Most Popular Driver as well as winning the Late Model Series South championship. For 2007, James ran a part-time schedule in both the ARCA Series and the NASCAR Busch East Series. He became the youngest winner in ARCA series history when he won at USA International Speedway in his series debut.[3] In six more races that season, he would earn an additional 5 top-10 finishes as well as finish in the top 10 in all 4 Busch East races he entered.

Xfinity SeriesEdit

In 2008, Buescher signed with Braun Racing to run six races in the Nationwide Series (now known as the Xfinity Series). He made his debut at Phoenix International Raceway in the No. 32 Great Clips Toyota. He started 17th and stayed in the top 20 all race long, finishing 18th. He would earn his first top 10 at Gateway International Raceway (finishing 7th) and his first pole at Memphis Motorsports Park. He would spend most of the 2009 season in the Camping World Truck Series. Near the end of 2009, Buescher was announced as the 2010 driver for Phoenix Racing.[4] To prepare for the season, he ran two races in the No. 1 Miccosukee Resorts Chevrolet, finishing 11th at Texas and 13th at Phoenix.

A week prior to the beginning of the 2010 season, it was announced that Miccosukee was dropping its sponsorship of all NASCAR teams, effective immediately.[5] Despite this setback, Buescher responded with an 8th-place finish in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. On May 12, 2010 Buescher parted ways with Phoenix Racing and returned to the Camping World Truck Series. He made his return to the Nationwide Series at Kansas Speedway in September driving for Turner Motorsports in the No. 11 Great Clips Toyota. He ran four additional races for Turner, earning his 2nd career pole at Texas in the No. 30 Chevrolet.

 
Buescher in the No. 99 Nationwide car in 2014

For 2011, it was announced that Buescher would run part-time in the series, sharing the No. 30 Chevrolet with several other drivers. On February 25, 2012, Buescher won the season opener at Daytona, avoiding a massive crash on the final lap and coming from 11th to win, leading only the final lap.[6]

After the 2013 season, in which Buescher finished third in Truck Series points, he announced that he would be competing for RAB Racing in the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series, driving the No. 99 Toyota.[7] Rheem was Buescher's primary sponsor, and he went on to finish 10th in 2014 Nationwide Series points. Buescher returned to the Truck Series briefly in 2015 before retiring.

Camping World Truck SeriesEdit

Buescher made his Truck Series debut in the 2008 Ford 200, the season finale. Driving the No. 15 Ergon Hyprene Toyota for Billy Ballew Motorsports, he qualified 10th and finished 19th. Prior to the start of the 2009 season, it was announced that Buescher would be replacing Brendan Gaughan in the No. 10 International Maxx Force Diesel Ford for Circle Bar Racing.[8] He found little success over the course of the season and finished 14th in points. In 25 races, he accumulated just three top-10s, including a 5th at The Milwaukee Mile. At the end of the season, Buescher left the team to focus on his new Nationwide Series ride.

It was also announced that he would return to the Truck Series for up to 19 races in 2010 with Turner Motorsports.

After running the April Nashville race in the No. 90 Great Clips Toyota for Stringer Motorsports, Buescher ran the balance of the 2010 season in the No. 31 truck. In 21 races for Turner, Buescher would earn ten top-10s with two finishes of 2nd. He narrowly missed a win at New Hampshire, giving up the lead to Kyle Busch on a green-white-checker finish. Despite not running the first three events of the season, Buescher finished 11th in the final points standings, just 16 points out of 10th.

"[W]e were all pretty shocked...At the time it was the worst feeling in the world, but looking back on it's probably a blessing in disguise because we were able to come on strong the rest of the season and make a run for the championship."

Buescher, on failing to qualify at Phoenix[9]

Turner Scott Motorsports announced that Buescher would return to the team for the 2011 season, running the full 25-race schedule. A promising start saw Buescher lead the first 55 laps at Daytona before his involvement in a multi-car crash on lap 97 left him ninth.[10] However, Buescher failed to qualify for the next race at Phoenix.[9] The No. 31 team was not yet guaranteed a starting spot because it had not attempted every event the previous season. Two races later, a wreck with Jeffrey Earnhardt at Martinsville dropped Buescher to 20th in the driver standings. Buescher responded to the setbacks with thirteen consecutive top-10 finishes including his first Truck Series pole position at Texas and a runner-up finish at IRP.[9] A tenth-place finish at Atlanta gave Buescher the championship lead in a tight points battle with Austin Dillon and Johnny Sauter. Buescher lost the lead two events later but stayed competitive in the three-man race. He earned his second career pole at Talladega and was within eleven points of Dillon with two races remaining.

At Texas, Buescher won another pole position and led 56 laps, battling side-by-side with Dillon for much of the event. However, while running second, a caution waved on lap 142 for David Starr's blown engine. During the slowdown, Buescher ran out of fuel on the backstretch and had to be pushed to pit road.[11] He lost fuel pressure and was lapped twice by the pace car before successfully re-firing his car. The 19th-place finish left Buescher with an outside chance at best for the championship finale at Homestead. There, despite scoring another pole, great runs by Dillon and Sauter and a run-in with Kevin Harvick solidified Buescher's third-place finish in the final point standings.

 
Buescher's 2013 truck at Rockingham Speedway

Buescher returned to Turner Motorsports for the 2012 season as a title favorite.[12] After crashing on the final lap in the season opener at Daytona, he led 103 laps and earned his first career Truck Series victory at Kansas. He quickly followed with early-season wins at Kentucky and Chicagoland. The Chicago win began a run of nine top-ten finishes in ten races for Buescher. The streak, which included another dominating victory at Kentucky, secured a 21-point lead for Buescher over Ty Dillon, the younger brother of 2011 championship rival Austin, with three races remaining. Subpar finishes in the next two events, including a late-race blown tire at Phoenix, meant Buescher needed to score at least a seventh-place finish at Homestead to clinch the title over Dillon and Timothy Peters. Buescher struggled in the finale, but went on to finish 13th and claim the 2012 Truck Series championship by six points over Peters, the first such title for Turner Motorsports.[13] He survived a final push from Dillon, who closed to within one point of Buescher but crashed with three laps remaining while battling Kyle Larson for second place.[14] Buescher's four wins were the most for a Turner driver since the team's entry into the series in 2009.[13]

Buescher left to drive full time in the Nationwide Series for RAB Racing in 2014.

In 2015, Buescher was picked up by NTS Motorsports to drive the No. 31 Chevrolet Silverado full-time pending sponsorship. Buescher began the season with a 17th place finish at Daytona and collecting two top-tens at Atlanta and Martinsville. However, Buescher was released after 3 races due to lack of sponsorship and replaced by Scott Lagasse, Jr. who brought his own sponsorship. Buescher subsequently decided to pursue a real estate career in the Greater Houston area and has not raced in NASCAR since. Currently he owns and operates Buescher Realty LLC.

Personal lifeEdit

Born in Melbourne, Florida, Buescher was raised in Plano, Texas.[15] Buescher has a cousin, Chris, who races in the NASCAR Cup Series for JTG Daugherty Racing. He is the son in law of former car owner Steve Turner. Buescher married Krishtian Turner in January 2012, in a ceremony performed in Costa Rica.[2] They have two children. In November 2014, Buescher and his wife founded The Buescher Foundation to provide resources and financial support to families adopting domestically.[16]

Motorsports career resultsEdit

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold − Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics − Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Nationwide SeriesEdit

NASCAR Nationwide Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NNSC Pts
2008 Braun Racing 32 Toyota DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI NSH TEX PHO
18
MXC TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN
14
MLW
14
NHA DAY CHI GTY
7
IRP
28
CGV GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM
19
TEX PHO HOM 56th 692
2009 Phoenix Racing 1 Chevy DAY CAL LVS BRI TEX NSH PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP IOW GLN MCH BRI CGV ATL RCH DOV KAN CAL CLT MEM TEX
11
PHO
13
HOM 90th 254
2010 DAY
8
CAL
13
LVS
29
BRI
36
NSH
34
PHO
28
TEX
17
TAL
37
RCH
12
DAR
31
DOV CLT NSH KEN ROA NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP IOW GLN MCH BRI CGV ATL RCH DOV 36th 1347
Turner Motorsports 11 Toyota KAN
35
CAL
17
PHO
22
HOM
10 CLT
16
GTY
30 Chevy TEX
37
2011 34 DAY PHO LVS BRI
13
CAL TEX 103rd 01
30 TAL
23
NSH RCH
23
DAR DOV
8
IOW
9
CLT CHI MCH ROA DAY KEN NHA NSH IRP
2
IOW GLN
17
CGV BRI ATL RCH CHI DOV KAN
18
CLT TEX
17
PHO
30
32 HOM
14
2012 30 DAY
1
PHO
12
LVS
14
BRI
14
CAL
12
TEX RCH
12
TAL
7
DAR
9
IOW CLT
7
DOV
9
MCH
2
ROA KEN
10
DAY
34
NHA CHI
15
IND
26
IOW GLN CGV BRI ATL
23
RCH
11
CHI KEN
13
DOV CLT
9
KAN
28
TEX PHO HOM 103rd 01
2013 Turner Scott Motorsports 34 DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX RCH TAL DAR CLT DOV IOW MCH ROA
14
KEN DAY
2
NHA CHI IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ATL RCH CHI KEN DOV KAN
15
CLT
11
TEX PHO HOM 99th 01
2014 RAB Racing 99 Toyota DAY
16
PHO
12
LVS
18
BRI
13
CAL
16
TEX
13
DAR
25
RCH
10
TAL
29
IOW
19
CLT
11
DOV
15
MCH
15
ROA
17
KEN
14
DAY
14
NHA
22
CHI
23
IND
21
IOW
26
GLN
11
MOH
25
BRI
9
ATL
19
RCH
19
CHI
18
KEN
14
DOV
15
KAN
21
CLT
31
TEX
24
PHO
14
HOM
18
10th 868

Camping World Truck SeriesEdit

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NCWTC Pts
2008 Billy Ballew Motorsports 15 Toyota DAY CAL ATL MAR KAN CLT MFD DOV TEX MCH MLW MEM KEN IRP NSH BRI GTW NHA LVS TAL MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM
19
82nd 106
2009 Circle Bar Racing 10 Ford DAY
25
CAL
13
ATL
14
MAR
11
KAN
12
CLT
12
DOV
24
TEX
18
MCH
33
MLW
5
MEM
20
KEN
8
IRP
6
NSH
17
BRI
13
CHI
20
IOW
14
GTW
23
NHA
17
LVS
13
MAR
11
TAL
15
TEX
17
PHO
23
HOM
18
14th 2884
2010 Stringer Motorsports 90 Toyota DAY ATL MAR NSH
13
11th 2963
Turner Motorsports 31 Chevy KAN
16
DOV
2
CLT
4
TEX
6
MCH
16
IOW
5
GTY
12
IRP
5
POC
11
NSH
16
DAR
7
BRI
33
CHI
12
KEN
22
NHA
2
LVS
3
MAR
12
TAL
6
TEX
6
PHO
11
HOM
19
2011 DAY
9*
PHO
DNQ
DAR
5
MAR
35
NSH
5
DOV
8
CLT
4
KAN
4
TEX
9
KEN
9
IOW
7
NSH
7
IRP
2*
POC
3
MCH
4
BRI
4
ATL
10
CHI
11
NHA
7
KEN
3
LVS
21
TAL
3
MAR
10
TEX
19
HOM
12
3rd 859
2012 DAY
17
MAR
3
CAR
2
KAN
1*
CLT
22
DOV
7
TEX
15
KEN
1*
IOW
30*
CHI
1
POC
2
MCH
5
BRI
7
ATL
3
IOW
17
KEN
1*
LVS
6
TAL
3
MAR
6
TEX
11
PHO
17
HOM
13
1st 808
2013 Turner Scott Motorsports DAY
13
MAR
14
CAR
14
KAN
6
CLT
6
DOV
15
TEX
9
KEN
4
IOW
3
ELD
19
POC
21
MCH
1
BRI
7
MSP
9
IOW
1
CHI
8
LVS
9
TAL
26
MAR
10
TEX
6
PHO
9
HOM
13
3rd 761
2015 NTS Motorsports 31 Chevy DAY
17
ATL
8
MAR
7
KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW IOW KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 36th 100

Camping World East SeriesEdit

NASCAR Camping World East Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 NCWESC Pts
2007 Marsh Racing 31 Chevy GRE ELK IOW SBO STA NHA
7
TMP
6
MCM ADI LRP
6
MFD NHA
9
DOV 28th 589
2008 GRE IOW
13
SBO GLN
DNQ
NHA TMP MCM ADI LRP MFD NHA DOV STA 46th 200

Camping World West SeriesEdit

NASCAR Camping World West Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 NCWWSC Pts
2008 Marsh Racing 31 Chevy AAS PHO
6
CTS IOW CNS SON IRW DCS EVG MMP IRW AMP AAS 53rd 150

Canadian Tire SeriesEdit

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 NCTSC Pts
2013 22 Racing 24 Dodge MOS DEL MOS2 ICAR MPS SAS ASE CTR RIS MOS3
31
BAR KWA 59th 13

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ARCA Racing SeriesEdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Racing Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 ARSC Pts
2007 Country Joe Racing 32 Dodge DAY USA
1
NSH SLM
6
KAN WIN KEN TOL IOW POC MCH BLN
3
KEN POC NSH ISF
7
MIL
28
GTW DSF CHI SLM
4
TAL TOL
2
30th 1405
2008 Win-Tron Racing 9 DAY SLM IOW
29
KAN CAR KEN TOL POC MCH 36th 880
32 CAY
25
KEN BLN POC NSH
17
ISF DSF
9
CHI
36
SLM NJE
7
TAL
31
TOL
2009 Toyota DAY
1*
SLM CAR TAL KEN
1*
TOL POC MCH
4
MFD 39th 735
9 IOW
30
KEN BLN POC ISF CHI TOL DSF NJE SLM KAN CAR
2010 Phoenix Racing 51 Toyota DAY
4
PBE SLM TAL
30
TOL POC MCH IOW MFD POC BLN NJE ISF CHI DSF TOL SLM KAN CAR 49th 450
Dodge TEX
18
2011 Turner Motorsports 4 Chevy DAY TAL SLM TOL NJE CHI POC MCH WIN BLN IOW IRP
3
POC ISF MAD DSF SLM KAN TOL 85th 225

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ James Buescher Career Statistics
  2. ^ a b Blount, Terry (April 23, 2012). "Big-name drivers, teams absent from Victory Lane". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
  3. ^ JAMES BUESCHER :: BIO
  4. ^ Buescher doubles up for 2010
  5. ^ Big sponsor ditches Phoenix Racing
  6. ^ Hembree, Mike (February 25, 2012). "Buescher Wins Wild Series Opener". SPEED Channel. Fox Sports. Retrieved 2012-02-26.
  7. ^ Pockrass, Bob (December 13, 2013). "James Buescher leaving father-in-law's team for RAB Racing". Sporting News. Retrieved 2013-12-14.
  8. ^ James Buescher, Circle Bar Racing going Trucking in 2009
  9. ^ a b c Breeze, Jarrod (2012-03-02). "Buescher returns to Phoenix older, wiser, humbler". NASCAR.com. Retrieved 2012-11-11.
  10. ^ Jensen, Tom (2011-02-18). "TRUCKS: Waltrip Wins On Special Night". SPEED Channel. FOX Sports. Retrieved 2012-11-11.
  11. ^ "Buescher's race, maybe title hopes run out". NASCAR.com. 2011-11-04. Retrieved 2012-11-22.
  12. ^ Utter, Jim (2012-02-21). "2012 NASCAR Truck Series preview". ThatsRacin.com. Retrieved 2012-11-22.
  13. ^ a b "Steve Turner Owner Statistics". Racing-Reference.info. Retrieved 2012-11-22.
  14. ^ Long, Mark (2012-11-16). "Buescher wins Truck Series title at Homestead". ThatsRacin.com. Retrieved 2012-11-22.
  15. ^ DeCotis, Mark (February 26, 2012). "Melbourne native James Buescher avoids trouble, claims victory". Florida Today. Melbourne, FL. Retrieved 2014-05-03.
  16. ^ "About Us – The Buescher Foundation". The Buescher Foundation. Retrieved 26 March 2017.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Austin Dillon
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion
2012
Succeeded by
Matt Crafton