James Buescher will pilot the No. 30 Sporting Kansas City Impala and welcome members of the soccer club atop the pit box on Saturday afternoon
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (October 3, 2011) – Turner Motorsports driver and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship contender, James Buescher, will share a unique opportunity leading up to the Kansas Lottery 300. Turner Motorsports has partnered with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer, to allow the driver and several of the club’s players the chance to experience one another’s sports. Buescher will join the club on the field for a practice session on Thursday, October 6th, while the players will join Buescher’s team in the pits on Saturday afternoon for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway.
Before heading out to represent Sporting Kansas City on the track, Buescher will swap his driving shoes for a pair of cleats and work out with the team on Thursday. The exciting opportunity will be a first for the 21-year-old driver who has steadily been making his way up the NASCAR ranks. Buescher, currently second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points standings, will make his eighth NASCAR Nationwide Series start of the season at Kansas Speedway. In 2011, the Plano, Texas-native has picked up one top-five and three top-10 finishes, bringing his career-total to one top-five and five top-10 finishes with two pole awards over 30 starts.
Sporting Kansas City is currently in their 16th year as a Major League Soccer (MLS) club. In 2011, the organization celebrated the opening of LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, a brand new, $200 million soccer-specific stadium, directly across the street from Kansas Speedway. Winners of the 2000 MLS Cup, the 2000 MLS Supporters’ Shield and the 2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Sporting Kansas City currently sits in first place in the Eastern Conference and is one of only five MLS clubs to have won all three major domestic titles. The club is thrilled about the opportunity to work/collaborate with the young driver as well as giving several of their players the chance to experience a day in the life of another young athlete.
Who: Turner Motorsports and Sporting Kansas City
What: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship contender, James Buescher to meet and play with Sporting Kansas City. Players from Sporting Kansas City to join Buescher’s team in the pits for the Kansas Lottery 300.
When: Thursday, October 6th, 11:30 a.m. CT
Where: Sporting Club Training Center in Swope Park, 6310 Lewis Road, Kansas City, MO 64130
About Turner Motorsports: Turner Motorsports, LLC, established in 1999, is in the midst of its sophomore season of NASCAR competition. Owned by Texas-native, Steve Turner, the organization has expanded in 2011 from a two-truck operation in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) to become the largest stand-alone multi-series team in NASCAR’s top-tier touring series. Turner Motorsports operates out of an 110,000 square-foot state-of-the art facility in Mooresville, N.C., and will house three entries in the Camping World Truck Series and four entries in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The team boasts an all-star driver line-up that includes Kasey Kahne, Mark Martin, Jason Leffler, Reed Sorenson, Justin Allgaier, Ricky Carmichael, James Buescher and Brad Sweet. The Chevrolet-backed team has created alliances with General Motors’ powerhouse teams Hendrick Motorsports, which will provide engine support for both its NNS and NCWTS programs, Kevin Harvick Inc. for body and aero support, and Earnhardt Technology Group for drive train and suspension technology assistance. Turner Motorsports’ marketing partners include Dollar General, Great Clips, Monster Energy, BRANDT, Rexall, Exide, AccuDoc Solutions, Wolfpack Rentals, Fraternal Order of Eagles and ABF Freight. For more information on Turner Motorsports, visit www.turnermotorsportsllc.com.
About Sporting Kansas City: Sporting Kansas City is currently celebrating the organization’s 16th year in Major League Soccer riding a wave of development on and off the field. Two changes heading into the 2011 season represent perhaps the most momentous in the club’s history. The organization opened its new $200+ million dollar, world-class soccer-specific stadium on June 9th near Village West in Kansas City, Kansas. After 15 seasons without a permanent home, including 12 seasons at a stadium built for football and three seasons at a stadium built for baseball, the team will now call America’s finest soccer facility home. Along with the new stadium, the team took on a new name. In November 2010, the Kansas City Wizards became known as Sporting Kansas City, reflecting the club’s desire to become a dynamic organization focused on creating opportunities for social, cultural and athletic connections. Winners of the 2000 MLS Cup, the 2000 MLS Supporters’ Shield and the 2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Sporting Kansas City is one of only five MLS clubs to have won all three major domestic titles.