By Matt Weaver — James Buescher is departing for the next stage of his career as the 2012 Camping World Truck Series champion announced on Friday that he was leaving long-time employer Turner Scott Motorsports and competing full-time in the Nationwide Series next season for RAB Racing.
Buescher will pilot the No. 99 Toyota most recently driven by Alex Bowman during the 2013 season.
Buescher, despite his vast experience is still just 23-years old and considered and a top NASCAR prospect. He is fresh off his third full-time season in a Truck and has scored six victories in 116 starts during that span. He has also earned a Nationwide Series victory — at Daytona International Speedway — back in 2012.
His exit from Turner Scott was amicable and the driver is grateful to his father-in-law, Steve Turner, for the opportunities associated with driving for his team.
“My first couple of years in NASCAR have been a dream come true, and I can’t thank Turner Scott Motorsports enough for the opportunity they have given me to develop my skills,” Buescher said in a news release. “I am very excited to be able to take the next step in my career, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about the opportunity that RAB Racing is giving me to run full time in the Nationwide Series.”
Scott reciprocated the good will towards Buescher in a separate TSM news release.
“I have always been supportive of James and I am very proud of everything that he has accomplished while driving for our team,” Turner said. “I am excited for James and his new opportunities, and everyone at TSM would like to wish him the best in his future endeavors.
Buescher will face his toughest challenge yet in finding success with RAB Racing next season. In 33 starts last year, RAB scored just two poles, two top-5s and six Top-10s with an average finish of 16.5. RAB Racing owner Robby Benton hopes Buescher is capable of turning his team into a perennial contender.
“Everyone at RAB Racing is honored to have James come on board to drive our No. 99 Toyota Camry,” Benton said. “James has a tremendous amount of talent and experience, and we feel like he will take our program to the next level. I’m looking forward to what will likely be a very special season, not only for our team, but all of our partners as well.”
The team has not yet released sponsorship details but veteran crew chief Chris Rice will stay on top of the pit box to oversee Buescher’s program.
Bowman has not yet announced plans for next season. He most recently tested for BK Racing at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Sprint Cup Series competition test.