Circle Bar Racing announced Thursday that Plano, Texas, native James Buescher, above, will drive the No. 10 International MaxxForce™ Diesel Ford F-150 for the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Buescher, 18, will run for rookie-of-the-year honors and will benefit from having 12-year veteran Rick Crawford as a teammate.
Buescher has won national championships in everything from Bandeleros to Legends to Late Models. When he was 16, he became the youngest winner in the ARCA RE/MAX Series when he took the checkered flag at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, Fla. Buescher captured one pole and had one top-10 finish in six NASCAR Nationwide Series starts last season for Braun Racing.
"Circle Bar has its roots in Ozona, Texas, and to have James – a true Texan – represent Circle Bar Racing, International and Ford is special,” Circle Bar Chief Operating Officer Lisa Mitchell said in a release. “We’re looking for James to learn from Rick, make a strong bid for Rookie of the Year and add to the rich racing heritage my father has established. Tom Mitchell has prided himself on helping drivers establish themselves in the sport, and we feel Circle Bar Racing can do the same for James.”
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McCumbee stays in Truck Series
Chad McCumbee will drive the No. 07 Chevrolet for SS Green Light Racing for a least 12 races this season. The team is still looking to secure enough sponsorship to allow McCumbee, 24, to run the full schedule. McCumbee, who has 71 career starts in the Truck Series, drove for SS Green Light Racing for 31 races during the 2006 and 2007 seasons.
-- Michele Vincze
Photo courtesy of the ARCA RE/MAX Series