(EXCLUSIVE) During the course of the off-season as drivers put their plans together, @JamesBuescher was left wondering whether he’d have a ride for the season.
“There were a lot of worries – even in February leading to Daytona as things still weren’t certain that we were going to be able to run,” he said. “Thankfully Bob Newberry gave me the opportunity, and we were able to put something together.”
About a week before Daytona, it was announced that Buescher will run a partial schedule for NTS Motorsports this year. With three races in the books, he is off to a solid start to this season as he currently sits fifth in points.
“It’s been a good season so far,” he commented. “We’ve been good so far and getting stronger with each race, working towards the goal of getting NTS Motorsports a victory.
“Unfortunately, things didn’t go our way at Daytona as we got caught up in a wreck. However, we showed that we had a strong truck. Atlanta and Martinsville went a lot better. We weren’t supposed to go to Atlanta, but Bob Newberry thought it’d be a good idea to go. At Atlanta, we got stronger as the race went on and had a solid run. That led to getting sponsorship for Martinsville from ERT Investments. It was a good race – we struggled with the speed at the end of the race, but it was still good.”
The opportunity with NTS Motorsports has allowed him to work with @DanielHemric as a teammate, which he says has been a good experience so far.
“The good thing is that we have similar driving styles which makes it easier for working together,” he commented. “As we go to more races this year, and he gets better and we build our notebook, I think it’s going to work out really well.”
Coming off an eighth place finish at Atlanta and seventh place finish at Martinsville, Buescher hopes to keep running more races this year. As of right now, though, he is not scheduled to run the next series event at Kansas Speedway in May.
“We’re trying to put together the sponsorship to run the full schedule,” he said. “I think if we can run the full schedule and be consistent every week, we can contend for the championship. I think we’ll be able to do it.”
If he can accomplish that goal, it will certainly add to the memorable moments of his career. Though, it’ll be tough to top a special moment that happened during the 2013 season at Michigan International Speedway.
“I have a top three but there’s one that stands out for me personally,” he said. “Winning at Michigan and being able to take my son (Stetson) to victory lane for the first time. I think, for me personally, that outweighs the (truck) championship, and the XFINITY win at Daytona. Hopefully, we’re able to get back to victory lane and take our daughter as well.”
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