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Buescher to attempt race at Road America

June 18, 2013, Staff report,

Truck Series champion diversifying skill set

Related: Nationwide Series entry list

Defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion James Buescher will try his luck in a NASCAR Nationwide Series car this weekend for the first time all season.


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With limited road-course experience, Buescher will pilot the No. 34 Chevrolet for Turner Scott Motorsports in the Johnsonville Sausage 200 presented by Menards (5 p.m. ET, ESPN) at the 4-mile Road America course.

Buescher has Nationwide Series experience, having competed in 54 races since 2008. He has one victory to his credit -- the 2012 season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway -- in addition to three top-fives and 13 top-10s. Buescher contemplated making a full-time move to the Nationwide Series in 2013, but stuck with his guaranteed truck ride.

The 23-year-old was among the drivers at an open test session last month at Virginia International Raceway, a 3.27-mile road course near Danville.

Buescher could use the experience on a road course, given that the Camping World Truck Series will compete at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park on Sept. 1. The road course in Ontario is nearly 2.5 miles long.

In seven Truck Series races this season, Buescher has finished in the top 15 in every event. He has three top-10s, including a pair of sixth-place finishes. Buescher is fifth in the points standings with 235 points, 50 behind leader Matt Crafton.


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