Roush Fenway Racing has welcomed another Texas native into its racing family. Teenager Chris Buescher of Prosper has signed a driver development contract with the NASCAR team. Colin Braun, 21, of Ovalo also races for Roush in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, where he is seventh in the points in his sophomore season piloting the No. 6 Ford.
The 16-year-old Buescher has spent the 2009 season competing part-time in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, where he has three top-five and four top-10 finishes in six starts for Roulo Brothers Racing. When he won the pole at Salem Speedway earlier this year, he set an ARCA record for the youngest pole winner in the series' 57-year history. Buescher is the younger cousin of James Buescher of Plano, who is a rookie in the Camping World Truck Series and drives the No. 10 Ford for Texas-based Circle Bar Racing.
“I’ve worked really hard and it’s taken a long time, but I’m very glad to be where I am,” Chris Buescher said in a release. “Roush is one of the top teams out there and to be associated with them is an honor. This year was a big step. I’ve learned a lot this year and am really looking forward to next year."
It should come as no surprise that Buescher has landed with RFR. Roush Sprint Cup driver David Ragan has been mentoring Buescher in Legends Cars at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., since 2008. Buescher's No. 17 Ford in the ARCA RE/MAX Series is sponsored by the David Ragan Fan Club. Local racing fans may remember Buescher from when he won the 2007 Legends Car Pro division championship at Texas Motor Speedway.
Buescher will continue to run a part-time ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule in 2010 with Roulo Brothers in association with Roush Fenway Racing.
Plano native James Buescher held off fellow teenager and Sprint Cup rookie Joey Logano to win the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 ARCA/RE MAX race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday.
Logano, 18, was attempting to pass Buescher, 18, for the lead with six laps remaining when a multi-car accident behind them brought out a red flag. After the stoppage, the field came to the green with only two laps remaining and Logano never mounted enough of a threat to get past Buescher, who will now shift his focus to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series where he'll pilot the No. 10 Ford for Circle Bar Racing.
Pole-sitter Justin Lofton finished third followed by John Wes Townley and Ken Weaver. Fort Worth resident Nur Ali finished 38th after he was involved in an accident on lap 30 of the 80-lap event. Only 11 cars finished on the lead lap. Go here for more info and complete results.