In the sport of NASCAR today, it’s difficult enough to race for a championship in any one of the series of NASCAR sanctioned competition, while qualifying for every race. Let alone, missing one.
Many people thought that the ninth place points finish by Kevin Harvick in 2001 was the best that a driver could do after missing a race. That has changed this year with Camping World Truck Series up and comer, James Buescher.
After a strong start to the 2011 season at Daytona which saw Buescher’s Turner Motorsports truck out in front of the pack for much of the race, the team went to the Phoenix International Raceway with high expectations. Not being locked into the race forced Buescher and the team to make the race based off of their qualifying speed, a circumstance that would prove to be detrimental as they would not qualify for the second race of the season.
With their backs against the wall, they only thing that Buescher and the team could do was go out and race as hard as they could each and every week. And that is exactly what they did.
Coming out like gang busters, the number 31 team ripped off nine top 10 finishes in the next ten races with four of them being top 5 finishes. Not to mention, only one DNF (Did Not Finish) blemish, a 35th at Martinsville in April, as their only “black mark” on the 2011 season. Buescher quickly asserted himself as the “Mr.Consistency” of the 2011 season.
As the season kept going, and as championship “rivals” began to have problems costing them numerous amounts of points, Buescher and team kept getting stronger and stronger as they moved into the top 10 in point, which was already impressive enough. But then he moved into the top 5, and eventually, the points lead.
With everyone saying that wins are everything in the Sprint Cup Series, Buescher and his Turner Motorsports crew are showing that good ‘old fashioned’ consistency is still the way to contend, and maybe win, championships. As many teams put extra pressure on themselves to run well week in and week out, the No. 31 team needs to just keep doing what they are doing.
As the season begins to wind down, it appears clearer now more than ever, that James Buescher will be one of the main contenders, if not the out and out favorite, for the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series crown.