Buescher To Race Full Time For Phoenix In 2010

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James Buescher will drive the No. 1 Chevrolet full time for Phoenix Racing in 2010, in addition to running 19 races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with Turner Motorsports. (HHP/Rusty Burroughs Photo)

James Buescher will drive the No. 1 Chevrolet full time for Phoenix Racing in 2010, in addition to running 19 races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with Turner Motorsports. (HHP/Rusty Burroughs Photo)

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — James Buescher will drive the No. 1 Miccosukee Resort & Gaming Chevrolet fielded by Phoenix Racing full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series next year.

In addition to the 35-race Nationwide schedule, Buescher will also compete in a minimum of 19 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events, driving the No. 31 Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports.

“I’m very excited about my plans for the 2010 season to run in the Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series,” said Buescher. “Both series provide young drivers a place to learn and compete at the highest level.”

Buescher has spent the 2009 season driving a full schedule in the Truck Series as a teammate to Rick Crawford at Circle Bar Racing. He also ran a limited ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule, were he won two races in four starts.

“I would like to thank James Finch, Marc Reno, and Miccosukee from Phoenix Racing and Steve and Sandra Turner from Turner Motorsports for giving me the opportunity to have as much seat time as possible next year,” Buescher said. “Mr. Finch has proven that his organization can compete up front in contention for wins every week and I’m honored that I get to drive the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming Chevrolet full-time. Also, to be a part of an organization like Turner Motorsports, who is just starting out in the NASCAR garage, is something that I’m looking forward to. Hopefully next season, I will take both Chevrolets to victory lane.”

The Texas native competed in six NNS races in 2008, claiming a career-best finish of seventh and one pole at Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park.

“Everyone at Phoenix Racing is really excited about teaming up with James (Buescher) for the 2010 season,” said James Finch. “Our No. 1 Miccosukee Chevrolet runs competitively every week and we are confident that James can achieve a lot of success and contend for wins every time we get to the racetrack. The Nationwide Series needs more drivers like James, because these young talents need to have a chance to develop before moving to the next level. Furthermore, we are looking forward to working with Turner Motorsports next season.”

Phoenix Racing has been without a regular driver since the team released Mike Bliss earlier this season. The team has used a number of drivers, including Sprint Cup regulars David Gilliland, Martin Truex, Jr., Ryan Newman and Reed Sorenson, to fill the seat since then.