Phoenix Racing Hires James Buescher for Two Races and a COT Test

Janelle JalbertCorrespondent IOctober 30, 2009

MARTINSVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 24:  James Buescher, driver of the #10 International Maxx Force Diesel Ford, stands on the grid prior to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway on October 24, 2009 in Martinsville, Virginia.  (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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James Buescher has driven the No. 10 truck for Circle Bar Racing this season. He sits in third for the Raybestos Rookie of the Year honors, only 16 points behind Tayler Malsam, who drives the No. 81 for Randy Moss Motorsports.

Buescher has made one previous start at Talladega Superspeedway in the ARCA RE/MAX Series race in 2008. Buescher started the 94-lap race from the pole position, but after a short 35 laps, the transmission broke, leaving the Texas native to a disappointing 31st-place finish. This February, Buescher won the ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Daytona International Speedway, as well as running up front in the NCWTS race before he was spun in a battle for the lead.

Buescher notes, “Throughout my career so far, I have had a good amount of success at the restrictor plate tracks and I have a lot of confidence heading into this weekend’s race.”

The No. 10 MaxxForce International Ford team will unload Circle Bar Racing chassis CB-26 with a special orange and black paint scheme for Hallow-Dega. The Ford F-150 was tested at Daytona International Speedway but will make its racing debut on Saturday.

Today, it was announced that Phoenix Racing has signed Buescher to a two race Nationwide deal covering both Texas and Phoenix. It has been widely rumored and discussed that Buescher will be leaning his Circle Bar Racing truck for Nationwide competition in 2010. The two-race agreement also covers a testing session at Talladega this Monday that will utilize the Nationwide version of the COT.