CONCORD, N.C. — James Buescher, the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, has left Turner Scott Motorsports for RAB Racing.
Buescher has signed a multi-year deal to compete full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Buescher is coming off his third full-time season in the NCWTS. During a breakout year in 2012, Buescher recorded his first NASCAR championship. Buescher followed up his successful four win-season in the NCWTS in 2012 with two victories in 2013. He has also recorded one NNS win, taking the checkered flag in the 2012 series’ opening race at the famed Daytona International Speedway.
“My first couple of years in NASCAR have been a dream come true, and I can’t thank Turner Scott Motorsports enough for the opportunity they have given me to develop my skills,” said Buescher. “I am very excited to be able to take the next step in my career, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about the opportunity that RAB Racing is giving me to run full time in the Nationwide Series. I am really excited to get back behind the wheel of a Toyota and I am looking forward to driving their cars next year. RAB Racing is a solid organization with great people; I can’t wait to get to work with them.”
Buescher will have veteran crew chief Chris Rice on top of the pitbox for the 2014 season. In 2013, Rice led the No. 99 Toyota Camry to two poles, two top-five finishes and six top-10 finishes.
“Everyone at RAB Racing is honored to have James come on board to drive our No. 99 Toyota Camry,” said RAB Racing owner Robby Benton. “James has a tremendous amount of talent and experience, and we feel like he will take our program to the next level. I’m looking forward to what will likely be a very special season, not only for our team, but all of our partners as well. This is a great addition to the Toyota family, and I’m proud James saw the strength in our team to further his career.”
“I have always been supportive of James and I am very proud of everything that he has accomplished while driving for our team,” said Steve Turner, co-owner of Turner Scott Motorsports and Buescher’s father-in-law. “I am excited for James and his new opportunities, and everyone at TSM would like to wish him the best in his future endeavors. I will always continue to support him and cheer him on as a member of my family, but his departure from Turner Scott Motorsports does not change the passion I have for this team. I love racing and have no plans to diminish my role as a co-owner of our organization. I am looking forward to a successful season in 2014 with a very strong lineup of drivers.”