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Win-Tron Racing Looking To Be Road Course Savvy In New Jersey

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Matt Merrell, Loud Energy Drink 150

Win-Tron Racing Looking To Be Road Course Savvy In New Jersey

Chris Knight
Win-Tron Racing
September 25, 2008

Matt Merrell
MILVILLE, New Jersey (September 25, 2008) - - Over their years of competition, Lakeville, Minnesota’s Win-Tron Racing has competed on every type of race track you can possibly imagine but for the first time on the ARCA RE/MAX Series tour, Win-Tron Racing along with talented driver James Buescher head to New Jersey Motorsports Park for the running of the inaugural Loud Energy Drink 150 Sunday afternoon.

And with no ARCA road course experience to fall back on, the team is hoping to utilize the vast array of knowledge that makeup the home of the 2005 and 2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie-of-the-Year to yield a positive finish. And with Buescher scheduled to make his fifth start of the season and first ever on a ARCA road course, many lean on the talent of the Plano, Texas native to secure the team’s fifth top-10 finish of the season at the new Millville, New Jersey Motorsports complex.

“Challenging has been a word that everyone has been using heading into New Jersey this weekend,” said Buescher, who made his career road course debut last year at Lime Rock Park in the NASCAR Camping World Series. “I’ve never competed on a road course before but I’m cautiously optimistic about the opportunity. It should be a lot of fun, but there is still a job to be done and we’re hoping that we have a clean day and walk away with a good finish.”

With just one top-10 in Buescher’s five starts this season, the rising star looks for a little redemption for his Win-Tron Racing team as the season begins to come to a close. “The team hasn’t changed, they’ve just experienced a lot of bad luck this season,” added Buescher, who with Win-Tron Racing became the youngest winner in the series history last year at USA International Speedway. “Last year, we were awesome. We finished in the top-10 all but once together. This year we’ve run good, just haven’t been able to capitalize on the performances for one reason or another. Hopefully New Jersey can be the place where we can put this team back on track.”

Buescher enters New Jersey coming off a satisfying test at Talladega Superspeedway where the NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie will make his final start of the 2008 season. While Talladega is quickly approaching and expected to be Buescher’s biggest race of his career, he’ll have to conquer New Jersey first.

“ Talladega is huge but before I can turn my focus to next weekend, I have to get through New Jersey . Studying the “road course ringers” will be on my agenda and hopefully I’ll be able to learn something from them that will benefit us in the race.”

Win-Tron Racing General Manager Nate Thiesse commented, “Off to New Jersey this weekend. We’re going to New Jersey Motorsports Park with optimism. Win-Tron Racing has never conquered a road course in the ARCA RE/MAX Series before and I know that a lot of other teams are in the same boat. James is a smart racer and I think he’ll be able to adapt to the track quickly and give us a good run. He has experience on a road course at Lime Rock last year in the Camping World Series. We’re hoping he take the experience he acquired there and plug it into Sunday’s race. We’re just looking to exit the race with a top-10 finish and move on to Talladega .”

Entering New Jersey , Win-Tron Racing sits 15th in the ARCA RE/MAX Series owner’s standings after 18 races. 290 credits separate car owner Kevin Cywinski from the 14th position held by Andy Hillenburg (No. 11). The team maintained their position from their last outing at Salem Speedway where Win-Tron Racing development driver Matt Merrell recorded a 26th place finish.

Mercedes Homes and Win-Tron Racing Driver Development will serve as the marketing partners for Sunday’s event.

Further information on Win-Tron Racing is available by visiting win-tronracing.com or contacting Nate Thiesse at 952.469.1839.

For more on James Buescher, please logon to JamesBuescher.com.

The Loud Energy Drink 150 (150 miles/67 laps) is the 19th of 21 events on the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The first ARCA race ever at New Jersey Motorsports Park is a three-day show. Practice begins Friday September 26 with a half practice session planned from 1:10 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. A second round of practice begins at 3:00 p.m. and will conclude at 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, a short half hour practice goes live at 10:05 a.m. ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying in groups is slated to begin at 2:15 p.m. The field will take the green flag on Sunday, September 28th shortly after 1:00 p.m. The event will be televised on MavTV and several television networks with additional race coverage including live timing and scoring and radio courtesy of the ARCA Radio Network will be available online at arcaracing.com. All times are local.

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