History 300…While Charlotte may be a “home” track for many NASCAR teams and drivers, to the Texas-native James Buescher, this weekend’s race is just another one on the road. Concord, North Carolina-based RAB Racing however will have plenty of support from family and friends as the team shop sits just five miles from the 1.5-mile quad-oval of Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS). Buescher comes into the 11th race of the season sitting eighth in points, just 13 points out of seventh. Buescher has four career NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) starts at CMS and has recorded two top-10 finishes with a best finish of seventh-place coming in 2012.
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Now Appearing…There will be multiple opportunities for you to get up-close-and-personal with Buescher with multiple appearances scheduled for this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Buescher’s first appearance will be at the Toyota PitPasss display on Saturday morning from 9:10am until 9:30am. The second appearance for Buescher will be at the Sprint Experience from 12:00pm until 12:15pm. Buescher will field your questions and even sign some autographs at both stops. Be sure to come out and say hello!
Get Social…Don’t forget you can follow James Buescher and his race team, RAB Racing on all social media platforms including twitter and Instagram, @JamesBuescher, @RAB_Racing and on facebook at facebook.com/JamesBuescherRacing and facebook.com/RABRacing. Continue to stay up-to-date with in-race updates, frequent Q&A chats and giveaway contests!
Chassis Info…RAB Racing will bring chassis No.044 with them to Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend. This particular chassis ran in the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where Blake Koch piloted it to an 11th-place finish. This will mark the chassis’ first race of 2014.
Tune In…The NASCAR Nationwide Series makes their first of two stops at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 24. The History 300 can be seen live on ABC at 2:30pm EDT. The event can also be heard on PRN Radio and SiriusXM Chanel 90.
What’s it like racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway?
“Charlotte is becoming more and more challenging. The cool thing is you can move around and run top, bottom, middle — wherever you need to in order to get your handling right and run well. It’s a cool place — it’s one of my favorite mile-and-a-half tracks to go to. A little bit tighter corners than the other mile-and-a-halves and a little bit less racing room, but you can use all of it. You can go all the way up to the wall, you can run all the way down touching the apron. It’s a cool place and the middle of the afternoon it’s really slick in turns three and four with the way the sun is positioned. Night racing there is a lot of fun. Everything picks up — grip level picks up and the track is really fast. Another thing is that all the crew can bring out their families and friends and it’s a local race for all the crews. Not for me, but it’s a local race for everybody else and it’s cool to see everybody get to bring out their family and friends and let them see what they do every week.”