Former Camping World Truck Series champion is leaving his father-in-law Steve Turner’s team, Turner-Scott Motorsports to drive full-time for R.A.B. Racing in the Nationwide Series, where he pilot their #99 Camry under the direction of crew chief Chris Rice.
Although Buescher had two wins and finished the season third in points, the 23-year old felt the opportunity to move up to NASCAR’s #2 series was “too much to pass up.
Still, the decision was not all that easy for him.
"Was it complicated? Yes and no," Buescher told SiriusXM NASCAR. "It's hard when you're tied-in with family, but everyone knew it was coming sooner or later. Turner Scott Motorsports does not have a Sprint Cup team, and everyone knows that my ultimate goal is to be a Cup driver one day.
In turn, Turner stated that he was ok with the split.
"I have always been supportive of James and I am very proud of everything that he has accomplished while driving for our team. I will always continue to support him and cheer him on as a member of my family, but his departure from Turner Scott Motorsports does not change the passion I have for this team. I love racing and have no plans to diminish my role as a co-owner of our organization. Everyone at TSM would like to wish him the best in his future endeavors.
Born March 26, 1990, James Buescher's first major success came when he became a national Young Gun champion in Bandolero racing at Texas Speedway in 2004. The later moved on to the American Speed Association where he was named Most Popular Driver as well as winning the Late Model Series South championship in 2006. The following year he split his racing schedule between the ARCA Series (becming the youngest winner in history by claiming victory in his series debut at USA International Speedway) and the NASCAR Busch East Series.
Buescher made his Truck Series debut in the 2008 Ford 200, the season finale. Driving the #15 Ergon Hyprene Toyota for Billy Ballew Motorsports, and has been racing for Turner-Scott since 2010.