Turner & Buescher Reveal 2013 Plans

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James Buescher will attempt to defend his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship in 2013. (NASCAR Photo)
James Buescher will attempt to defend his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship in 2013. (NASCAR Photo)

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Turner Motorsports will once again field an entry in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for defending series champion James Buescher in 2013.

In addition to a full-time schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Buescher will once again race in select NASCAR Nationwide Series events.

Buescher will aim to become the first back-to-back NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion in the history of the series.

Buescher will drive a minimum of 15 races with backing from new Turner Motorsports sponsor, Rheem Manufacturing Company.

Coming off a breakout season in 2012, Buescher went on to record four wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, 10 top-fives and 14 top-10’s, en route to his and Turner Motorsports’ first NASCAR Championship.

In addition to Buescher’s stellar NCWTS in 2012, he also won the NASCAR Nationwide Series opener at Daytona Int’l Speedway.

“Last season was a dream come true for me. I had always dreamt of winning a NASCAR championship,” said Buescher. “I am most excited about the opportunity to compete to become the first driver to win the NCWTS championship in back-to-back seasons. I look forward to working with the entire Turner Motorsports organization and Rheem on our quest to keep the NCWTS championship at Turner Motorsports.”

“Everyone at Turner Motorsports is excited to have James [Buescher] return to Turner Motorsports and the seat of the No. 31 NCWTS ride. And, to have a company like Rheem with such a long standing relationship in the sport of NASCAR come on board is an honor. To have Rheem join us is just the icing on the cake,” said Turner Motorsports team owner Steve Turner.

In addition to Buescher returning to the NCWTS, 2012 Champion crew chief Michael Shelton will return to his previous role serving as Crew Chief for Buescher and the No. 31 Rheem Chevy Silverado in 2013.