Buescher at Road America, 2013
March 26, 1990 |
Melbourne, Florida, U.S.
|Achievements||2012 Camping World Truck Series Champion
2006 ASA Late Model Series South Champion
2004 Bandolero Young Gun National Champion
|Awards||2006 ASA Most Popular Driver|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|91 races run over 7 years|
|Best finish||10th (2014)|
|First race||2008 Bashas' Supermarkets 200 (Phoenix)|
|Last race||2014 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)|
|First win||2012 DRIVE4COPD 300 (Daytona)|
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career|
|119 races run over 7 years|
|Best finish||1st (2012)|
|First race||2008 Ford 200 (Homestead)|
|Last race||2015 Kroger 250 (Martinsville)|
|First win||2012 SFP 250 (Kansas)|
|Last win||2013 Fan Appreciation 200 (Iowa)|
|NASCAR Pinty's Series career|
|1 race run over 1 year|
|Best finish||59th (2013)|
|First race||2013 Pinty's Presents the Clarington 200 (Mosport)|
|Statistics current as of March 28, 2015.|
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. 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. 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.
In 2008, Buescher signed with Braun Racing to run six races in the Nationwide 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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
Camping World Truck Series
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. 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.
2010–2013: Turner/Turner Scott Motorsports
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.
Turner 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. However, Buescher failed to qualify for the next race at Phoenix. 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. 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. 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 returned to Turner Motorsports for the 2012 season as a title favorite. 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. 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. Buescher's four wins were the most for a Turner driver since the team's entry into the series in 2009.
2015: NTS Motorsports
After Buescher and RAB Racing parted ways in the Nationwide Series due to sponsorship in 2014, he was picked up by NTS Motorsports to drive the No. 31 Chevrolet Silverado full-time in 2015. Buescher began with a seventeen place finish at Daytona and collecting two top-tens at Atlanta and Martinsville. However, sponsorship has been a struggle with the No. 31 team which caused Buescher to be replaced by Scott Lagasse, Jr. with having his own sponsorship Alert Today at Kansas and Charlotte. He has not raced in NASCAR since.
Born in Melbourne, Florida, Buescher was raised in Plano, Texas. Buescher has a cousin, Chris, who races in the Sprint Cup Series Front Row Motorsports. Buescher married Krishtian Turner during the 2011/2012 offseason, in a ceremony performed in Costa Rica. He is the son in law of former car owner Steve Turner. He has a son.
Motorsports career results
(key) (Bold − Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics − Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
Camping World Truck Series
* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points
- James Buescher Career Statistics
- Blount, Terry (April 23, 2012). "Big-name drivers, teams absent from Victory Lane". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
- JAMES BUESCHER :: BIO
- Buescher doubles up for 2010
- Big sponsor ditches Phoenix Racing
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- James Buescher, Circle Bar Racing going Trucking in 2009
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- DeCotis, Mark (February 26, 2012). "Melbourne native James Buescher avoids trouble, claims victory". Florida Today. Melbourne, FL. Retrieved 2014-05-03.
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