Buescher's Daytona Win Not His First at the Track

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Buescher's Daytona Win Not His First at the Track

Moments after James Buescher's surprising win in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway Saturday, ESPN's Allen Bestwick noted the significance of the victory.

"(He's) campaigning in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on a full-time basis this season, part-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and he is going to hold a winner's trophy at Daytona," Bestwick said to the television audience.

What was not considered, though, is that Buescher held a winner's trophy at the historic superspeedway three years ago - in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

In the last Daytona race before Bobby Gerhart's current three-peat, Buescher led the final 44 laps in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 to hold off Joey Logano for his second ARCA win. Justin Lofton, that year's eventual champion, finished third.

Buescher's second Daytona win - Saturday in the Nationwide Series - topped an impressive list of performances by past and current ARCA drivers in the weekend's first two NASCAR races at the track. (The Daytona 500, scheduled for Sunday, was postponed and is planned for this evening.)

Seven of the top 10 finishers in the race entered with ARCA experience, as did six in Friday's Camping World Truck Series race. Lofton finished third in the Truck Series race to lead the group of ARCA drivers in that event.

The full list of ARCA drivers in the weekend's first two NASCAR races is available below.

NASCAR Nationwide Series    
Drivers with ARCA Experience ARCA Winners Finishing Position
James Buescher x 1
Brad Keselowski   2
Austin Dillon   5
Tayler Malsam   6
Timmy Hill   7
Tony Stewart x 8
Kasey Kahne   9
Benny Gordon   12
Josh Wise   14
Joey Logano x 16
Blake Koch   17
Kyle Busch x 18
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. x 19
Sam Hornish Jr.   20
Johanna Long   21
Eric McClure   22
T.J. Bell   24
Jeremy Clements x 25
David Ragan x 26
Michael Annett x 27
Mike Wallace x 28
Denny Hamlin   32
Justin Allgaier x 33
Reed Sorenson x 34
Robert Richardson Jr.   35
Casey Roderick x 36
Brian Scott   37
Danica Patrick   38
Mike Bliss   39
J.J. Yeley   40
Jason Bowles   41
Johnny Sauter   42
Jeff Green   43
     
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series    
Drivers with ARCA Experience ARCA Winners Finishing Position
Justin Lofton x 3
Travis Kvapil x 4
Jason White   5
Todd Bodine   6
Ty Dillon x 9
Clay Greenfield   10
Parker Kligerman x 11
Grant Enfinger   12
Ron Hornaday x 14
Chris Cockrum   16
James Buescher x 17
Joey Coulter x 18
Paulie Harraka   19
Brendan Gaughan   20
Nelson Piquet   22
Matt Crafton   23
Johnny Sauter   24
Max Gresham x 26
Brad Keselowski   27
Brian Silas   29
Miguel Paludo   30
Cale Gale x 32
Mike Skinner   33
J.R. Fitzpatrick   34
Dakoda Armstrong x 35
Jason Leffler   36

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