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James Buescher Returns To ARCA At Berlin

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James Buescher Returns To ARCA At Berlin

Chris Knight
Country Joe Racing
July 2, 2007

“Country Joe Racing Turns To Texas Native For Third Time This Season”

MARNE, Michigan (July 2, 2007) - - It’s only fair that Country Joe Racing turns to James Buescher to kick off the second half of the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series season commencing with Saturday’s Request Foods-GFS 200.

And for good reason.

Buescher, a native of Plano , Texas roared to life in the second race of the season at USA International Speedway. Having never seen the facility a few weeks prior to the Construct Corps-PBG 250, you never would have realized it without talking to the upcoming superstar.

In his first tryout with Country Joe Racing, Buescher unloaded strong with a solid sixth place effort in practice. In ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying, Buescher stormed to the outside front row before taking the win in his ARCA debut.

Two days shy of his 17th birthday, Buescher etched his name into the ARCA record books by becoming the youngest winner in the 55 years of competition at the tender age of 16.

Buescher’s next venue occurred at Salem Speedway. The development driver survived the wreck fest and captured a solid sixth place effort after starting 17th, garnishing his second straight top-10. Now Buescher turns to the Western Michigan track of Berlin Raceway for his third consecutive top-10 finish.

“I can’t wait for this weekend,” offered Buescher. “The win at Lakeland (USA International Speedway) is still fresh in my memory. It was a day I won’t soon forget and I’m looking forward to hopefully doing it again this weekend.”

Should Buescher score the victory in the 12th race of the season, he will become the third driver this season to win more than one race joining NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series icons Erik Darnell and Chad McCumbee in that group.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that we don’t have a shot at victory lane this weekend,” Buescher said. “The difference between Lakeland and Berlin though, is I’ve never had the opportunity to race or even see Berlin . When we go out and practice, I will be turning my first laps ever. Hopefully I can learn the track quickly and we can keep the No. 32 Country Joe Racing Dodge a threat from start to finish.”

Nate Thiesse, Director of Operations for Country Joe Racing shared his thoughts about Buescher returning to the team. “Everyone at Country Joe Racing is very excited to be handing the wheel to James for Saturday’s race. “He is a talented driver. His feedback he gives to the crew is incredible and his determination speaks volumes. He did a great job at both Lakeland and Salem ; we’re looking forward to another strong performance from him this weekend.”

Mercedes Homes and Red Line Oil will sponsor the No. 32 Dodge this weekend at Berlin Raceway.

The Request Foods-GFS 200 (200 laps/88 miles) is the 12th of 23 events on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The 20th ARCA race held at Berlin Raceway is a one-day show. Practice begins Saturday, July 7 with an hour and a half practice (2:30pm-4:00pm) session planned. ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 5:00pm Local Time. The event will take the green flag later that night at 8:30pm Local Time. The race will not be televised. However, additional race coverage can be found online at arcaracing.com

For more on Country Joe Racing, please visit CountryJoeRacing.com

James Buescher, Country Joe Racing Berlin Notes of Interest:

  • James Buescher competed in the New England 125 last Friday, the sixth installment on the 2006 NASCAR Busch East Series schedule. After starting 24th, Buescher charged through the field to finish seventh in the No. 31 Coca-Cola Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Marsh Racing.

  • Country Joe Racing is the defending ARCA SIM Factory pole sitter at Berlin Raceway. Last year, 2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie-of-the-Year Blake Bjorklund captured the top spot with a time of 17.714 seconds at 89.014 MPH. Bjorklund led a race high 84 laps before finishing third.

  • Entering Berlin , Country Joe Racing sits 10th in the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series car owner standings locking Buescher into his third career ARS start. The team has collected one pole, one win, two top fives and three top-10 finishes in 11 races.

  • James Buescher joins Todd Hansen as the only repeat drivers for Country Joe Racing this season. Buescher will make his third start for CJR this season. The team has fielded a car for Ryan Howard (Daytona), James Buescher (USA International Speedway and Salem ), Joey Miller ( Nashville ), Todd Hansen ( Kansas and Kentucky ), Dan Fredrickson ( Winchester ), Matt Merrell ( Toledo ), Michael Annett ( Iowa ), Johnny Sauter (Pocono) and Chris Wimmer ( Michigan ) this season.

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    MEDIA CONTACT:

    NAME: Chris Knight, Country Joe Racing
    PHONE: 239.834.9797
    EMAIL: Knight849@aol.com



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