JAMES BUESCHER TO RACE FOR TURNER MOTORSPORTS AT SPEEDWEEKS
15-Year-Old Enters Pro Late Model Ranks At New Smyrna Speedway
Texas-based Turner Motorsports is joining the race to find the next up-and-coming racing superstar. Turner Motorsports will enter 15-year-old James Buescher in the Limited Late Model class at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, also known as Florida Speedweeks, at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida on February 10th-18th.
James Buescher. (51 Photos)
Buescher will drive the #2 Mercedes Homes / Turner Motorsports Monte Carlo. He is looking forward to the opportunity and ready for the work that comes attached to it.
“It’s going to be exciting,” said the young Buescher. “We are only taking one car, so we are going to have to do a lot of work after each night. We are taking a bunch of spare parts and stuff, because you know it can get pretty rough down there. We will probably try to be a little careful, but we are going to be competitive as well.”
The opportunity for Buescher will be the biggest of his short career. The Texas-native has been driving for just over two-and-a-half years.
“I’ve only ran four races in a Late Model,” said Buescher. “I started in Bandoleros when I was 12. I won the Bandolero Nationals and I moved up to Legends (cars) the week after that. I was going for National Points in the Legends cars in the Semi-Pro division. We finished second in that and won the Young Lions Nationals last year. I moved up to Late Models at the end of last year.”
Buescher’s biggest race to date came at the end of 2005 when he raced in the annual Snowflake 100 during the Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL, for Turner Motorsports as a teammate to Chris Davidson, who was competing in the Derby. Buescher finished 28th in the event after getting involved in an accident.
Now, Speedweeks will offer a new challenge for Buescher. At New Smyrna, the Limited Late Models, also known to some as Pro Late Models, race on all nine nights. The Limited Late Models run their biggest show, a 50-lap feature, on Monday night, February 13th.
Buescher ran the #21 car for Turner Motorsports in the Snowflake 100.
“Out of all nine races, we want to try and be in the top 10 every night,” added Buescher. “I would like to get about six top-fives and win at least two events. I’d like to finish in the top three in points. I think those are some realistic goals.”