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James Buescher splits with Phoenix Racing to run in NASCAR's truck series

A spokesperson for NASCAR Nationwide Series driver James Buescher said Tuesday night that the rookie driver has parted ways with Phoenix Racing, effective immediately.

Buescher, second in the Nationwide Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings, will concentrate on the Camping World Truck Series schedule. Buescher will drive the No. 31 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet for the remainder of the truck season.

Buescher is dating Kris Turner, daughter of Turner Motorsports owner Steve Turner.

"It was a great opportunity presented to me to drive for Phoenix Racing and I appreciate everything that we were able to do at the beginning of this season," Buescher said in a press release. "Unfortunately, things didn’t mesh as smoothly as we had hoped and I wish them nothing but the best.

"I feel that it is better for me to concentrate on my Truck Series opportunity with Turner Motorsports and I’m really excited to be back in the series full-time. We had an awesome Chevrolet in Kansas a couple weeks ago and were able to run up front which felt great. I’m confident that we can go to the track for the rest of the year and be in contention for wins."

No replacement for Buescher has been immediately named. Phoenix Racing owner James Finch said earlier this year that his team - which includes a Sprint Cup Series operation - is for sale.

Buescher was 19th in the Nationwide standings, with one top-10 finish in 10 races.