“But they’re more recognized today because [so many] are running up front. The Nationwide and Sprint Cup team owners are starting to recognize these guys.”
Buescher actually came to the attention of Turner Motorsports owner Steve Turner before Buescher was old enough to get a driver’s license. And Buescher was just 16 when he began driving a late-model stock car for Turner. He won the ASA South series championship.
Coincidentally, Buescher and Turner have more than a driver-owner relationship. Last offseason, Buescher married Turner’s daughter Kris.
Buescher also has driven 20 Nationwide races for Turner this year, scoring arguably the most spectacular 2012 victory in any NASCAR series. In the 300-mile season opener at Daytona, Buescher entered the final corner 11th and weaved his own damaged mount through 11-car carnage in front of him to claim victory.
Among those tangling and shredding sheet metal in front of him were the likes of Tony Stewart and brothers Kyle and Kurt Busch. The delighted Buescher said afterward, “It’s hard to describe the feeling when you make it through the wreck … [and] you don’t see anybody in front of you coming to the checkered flag. It’s pretty incredible.”
Equally incredible was the fact current Sprint Cup points leader Brad Keselowski finished second and Nationwide title contender Elliott Sadler third in that crash-fest.
On the subject of how poised and laid-back Buescher appears, the Texan said last week, “I’ve never been one to get nervous.” That will be tested Friday when he attempts to cap a breakout season with a championship.