NASCAR Notes: Buescher To 11, Truex Brother Act
James Buescher will take the wheel of the No. 11 Toyota in this weekend’s Nationwide Series at Kansas Speedway.
He will replace Brian Scott, who, it was announced earlier this week, was let go by the Braun Racing team, which was recently acquired by Turner Motorsports.
Buescher will join teammate, Jason Leffler, who drives the Great Clips-sponsored car.
Buescher, of Plano, Texas, made six starts for the Braun team in 2008, earning one top-10 finish and one pole award in only his third start. The 20-year-old currently sits 13th in the Camping World Truck Series driver point standings with six top-five and eight top-10 finishes after competing in 17 of 20 events this season.
Buescher will be paired with veteran crew chief, Stewart Cooper, who has worked with Kasey Kahne, David Reutimann and Tayler Malsam in 2010. He will also pilot the No. 11 entry for Braun Racing at Auto Club Speedway.
“First off, I can’t tell you how excited I am about the recent acquisition of Braun Racing by Turner Motorsports,” Buescher said. “I’m very happy to be working with these guys again. I had some great races in 2008 with Braun Racing and I even got my first Nationwide Series pole with them at Memphis Motorsports Park. I know how hard all the guys work and that the equipment is super competitive. I am excited to get back in one of the Nationwide cars and to represent Great Clips this weekend at Kansas.”
Brother act: Diamond-Waltrip Racing announced today that two-time K&N Pro Series East champion Ryan Truex and two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Martin Truex Jr. will share the No. 99 Toyota for the remainder of the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series season.
The brothers will replace Trevor Bayne.
DWR will field two cars this weekend at Kansas Speedway, marking the first time the Truex brothers will race against each other. Ryan Truex, who capped his second K&N East Series championship season last weekend in Dover, will drive the No. 99 OUT! Pet Care Toyota at Kansas while older brother will pilot the No. 00 OUT! Pet Care entry. Ryan Truex will then race at Charlotte, St. Louis, Phoenix and Homestead-Miami, while Martin Jr. will race at California and Texas.
“I am very proud of the Diamond-Waltrip race team and the progress our team has made this year,” said majority owner Gary Bechtel. “On the track, this has been a sensational season and I feel as if we can win a race before the end of the season. The root of the issue regarding Trevor and his future with DWR is simply economics. DWR held an option on Trevor’s contract, but without appropriate funding, we could not match the provisions of that contract extension by guaranteeing him a full-time ride in the No. 99 car next year. We could not commit to the demands of the agreement.
“We all wanted to work towards a positive solution, but time was not on our side. We had to make a business decision and Trevor had to make a business decision. We owe it to our race team, sponsors and everyone personally invested in this organization to move forward with those who will be with us in 2011 and beyond.”
Bechtel said his Nationwide Series team is strong and finalizing a program he expects to announce soon.
“We have a very good plan in place, but we just haven’t reached a point where we can publicly discuss it at this time.”
Bechtel and his son Blake along with Michael Waltrip Racing own Diamond-Waltrip Racing that fields Toyota Camrys out of the MWR shop in Cornelius, N.C. The Bechtels have owned cars in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series since 1990. The Morgan Hill, California residents’ teams have visited victory lane 10 times in the Nationwide Series.
Ryan Truex said he didn’t think twice when offered a chance to drive for the Jerry Baxter-led DWR team that owns three poles and five top-five finishes in 2010.
“These are tough circumstances, but I love driving in the Nationwide Series and I’m pumped up about racing this weekend,” said the Mayetta, N.J. native. “My main goal this weekend is to keep this team’s momentum up and continue to deliver a great racing program to OUT! Pet Care. They came on board this year and have been a big boost for the entire organization and I want to get them a win.”
Martin Jr. will drive the No. 00 sporting a reversed-colored OUT! Pet Care paint scheme in Saturday’s race at Kansas. He expects Saturday will be a big day for the Truex family.
“This is pretty cool. I always hoped this day would come but I didn’t have any idea it would come this year,” said the 2004 and 2005 Nationwide champion. “We raced a lot on the computer and he’ll claim he beat me, but we’ll see what happens Saturday. I’m real proud of him. He’s had a good season winning the East championship for a second time and he’s done real good in his first few races in the Nationwide Series. He’s got a good deal driving for the Diamond-Waltrip guys. I’ve told him to just stay patient, learn as much as he can and everything will fine.”
Blaney back: Dave Blaney returns to the No. 38 A&W All American Food Ford at Kansas Speedway this week, driving the Front Row Motorsports car for the second time this season.
He and the A&W team look to qualify the No. 38 Fusion on speed for Sunday’s Price Chopper 400. Blaney successfully put the same car in the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway earlier this month in his first run with Front Row.
Blaney has one top-10 and two top-15 finishes in his Sprint Cup Series career at the 1.5-mile oval.
“I’ve had some pretty good runs at the mile-and-a-half tracks,” Blaney said. “I don’t really like or dislike other tracks any more or less. I like them all. But, yeah, if I’ve had any success, a little bit more of it has been on that type of racetrack. I don’t really know why. But it does help you go into a place with a little more confidence knowing you’ve run well there in the past.
“I ran my first race with Front Row a few weeks ago in Atlanta, and considering it was our first time working together, we did OK. We finished 24th. So now that we’ve had the chance to work some of the kinks out and see what works well for me and what I like in my car, I think we can definitely make more progress.
“I think we have the opportunity to run some good races and earn some points for that ’38’ car. I know Front Row has the goal of getting that car back up into the top 35 in owner points, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to come over here and try to help them do that. They’ve got a good group of hard-working guys here and I know they’re putting all they can into it. I’m going to do my best to give them some good runs.
“It’s tough, I know. Everyone around that top-35 mark is clawing to get in there and stay in there. Or, if you’re in there, to not fall out. It’s a real magic number as far as next season goes and what you can do in the off-season to get ready for next year. There’s a whole different competition going on within that group of cars back there.”No Comment