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James Buescher Looks To Record Another Top-10 In Season Finale At Toledo Speedway

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James Buescher Looks To Record Another Top-10 In Season Finale At Toledo Speedway

Chris Knight
Country Joe Racing
October 10, 2007


TOLEDO, Ohio (October 10, 2007) – - One can only wonder what would of happened if ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) rookie James Buescher would have ran the entire 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. Looking at Buescher’s incredible stats for the season, the Plano , Texas driver has racked in one victory, three top-fives and five top-10s in six starts. And as the 2007 season comes to a close this weekend at Toledo Speedway, Buescher looks for another satisfying performance.

In his last go-around with Minnesota ’s Country Joe Racing, Buescher collected a fourth place finish at Salem Speedway and his second straight top-10 at the half-mile bullring. Now returning to another bullring aka ARCA’s home turf Toledo Speedway, Buescher is searching for his second victory of the season.

“ Toledo , here we come,” said Buescher, the 17-year old phenomenon. “I’ve had so much fun in the ARCA RE/MAX Series this year. We’ve been competitive in every single event this year and we’re going to Toledo this weekend looking to end the season on a high note.”

He continued, “I couldn’t have asked for a better team to be associated with. These guys work hard and we’ve been able to deliver some stellar results. I knew coming into this season that we would have some great runs, but I didn’t imagine the kind of record we’ve produced. It’s a good feeling, believe me.”

Even with the confidence that Buescher is carrying into the season finale this weekend, there’s one obstacle that the avid driver faces, Toledo Speedway.

“I’ve never competed at Toledo Speedway before,” added Buescher. “The team ran earlier this year with Matt Merrell and they had a good solid run. I’m not sure what to expect right away, so when I get to the track on Friday for the Fan Fest, I plan to take a close look at the track so I know what I’m up against before practice on Saturday.”

Buescher noted, “Practice is crucial anywhere, but a track you’ve never visited it’s extremely crucial. My crew chief Mike Chaffee has a good setup for the race, so it’s going to be about me getting comfortable and I plan to do that quickly on Saturday. I would be surprised if we didn’t qualify in the top-10. After that, we can turn all of our focus to the race itself.”

Nate Thiesse, Director of Operations for County Joe Racing offered, “Our first short track race of the season we put James in the seat and he went on and delivered us a victory. We think we have a shot at doing the same in the final short track race of the season on Sunday. No matter what the outcome is, we’ve enjoyed the season with James and we’re looking forward to working with him again next year.”

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

Before turning all of his attention towards making his inaugural Toledo ARCA RE/MAX Series start, Buescher will join a host of drivers at the third annual ARS Fan Fest at Toledo Speedway on Friday, October 12 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. local time.

The Hantz Group 200 presented by Belle Tire (200 laps/100 miles) is the 23rd of 23 races on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The 62nd ARCA race held at Toledo Speedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, October 13 with an hour and-a-half hour practice session planned from 12:30-2:00 p.m. ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 3:30 p.m. The event will take the green flag on October 14th, shortly after 2:00 p.m. The race will be televised live on SPEED with additional race coverage online at arcaracing.com. All times are local.

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

James Buescher, Country Joe Racing, Toledo Speedway , Notes of Interest:

· James Buescher will make his seventh career ARCA start Sunday. In his previous six efforts, Buescher scored the win in the inaugural ARCA RE/MAX Series event at USA International Speedway (Lakeland) while posting a clean sixth place run at Salem Speedway in April before returning to the top-five at Berlin Raceway with a stout third place effort in July. Last month, Buescher made his dirt track debut showing further talent by reeling in a seventh place finish. Following Springfield , Buescher made another start at The Milwaukee Mile. After qualifying on the front row, Buescher was in contention for the win when a mechanical failure took him from the hunt finishing 28th. In his most recent effort, Buescher dazzled his competitors once again with a stout fourth place finish at Salem Speedway.

· Last fall at Toledo , Country Joe Racing finished third after starting fourth with driver Blake Bjorklund aboard. In 2005, the organization finished eighth after delivering a fourth place qualifying effort with ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie-of-the-Year driver Joey Miller.

· James Buescher will make 800 left hand turns on Sunday afternoon.

· Country Joe Racing sits eighth in the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series car owner standings entering Toledo Speedway. The organization, who has fielded a car for a number of drivers this season, is 35 markers from seventh place controlled by car owner Clarence Brewer (No. 47).

· James Buescher joins Michael Annett, Todd Hansen, Joey Miller and Brian Scott as the only repeat drivers for Country Joe Racing this season. Buescher will make his seventh start for CJR this season. The team has fielded a car for Ryan Howard (Daytona), James Buescher (USA International Speedway, Salem, Berlin, Springfield, Milwaukee, Salem and Toledo), Joey Miller (Nashville, Pocono – August, DuQuoin and Chicagoland), Todd Hansen (Kansas and Kentucky), Dan Fredrickson (Winchester), Matt Merrell (Toledo), Michael Annett (Iowa, Nashville – August and Gateway International Raceway), Johnny Sauter (Pocono - June), Chris Wimmer (Michigan) and Brian Scott (Kentucky – July and Talladega Superspeedway) this season.

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NAME: Chris Knight, County Joe Racing
PHONE: 239.834.9797
EMAIL: knight849@aol.com

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