In the five weeks since NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series season opener in Daytona, James Buescher has celebrated his grandfather's 90th birthday, gone to work with his wife Kris at their newly opened Texas gym -- Buescher Bootcamp -- pressure-washed his driveway, scored his all-time high on Ms. Pac Man and, best of all, received final approval for the couple to adopt a baby.
He tested his Turner Scott Motorsports Chevy Silverado once but only occasionally during the past month and a half break in the Truck Series schedule did Buescher, the reigning series champion, even allow himself to watch racing on television.
Like a lot of drivers, he finds that watching everyone else race is a bit tortuous.
"I'm a pretty patient guy and (I'm) able to find ways to keep busy and keep my mind off things,'' Buescher said, taking a break from a March afternoon tackling the "Honey-do" list.
"I try not to watch too much of the racing because it makes you want to get out there even more.''
Finally, this week, he gets that opportunity as the truck series resumes its 2013 schedule at the always action-packed Martinsville, Va., short track.
For Buescher, it feels like a season reset.
"It's been hard not racing, but at the same time, I've found plenty of ways to keep busy and have a lot of things going on with the adoption so the break (is) not at a terrible time with everything that's going on in my life,'' Buescher explained. "It's been kinda nice not to have to travel every week right now.''
"But, I am looking forward to getting back to Martinsville and get the season kicked off.''
After all, Buescher's got history to make.
The 23-year-old Texan is trying to become the first driver in history to win back-to-back Camping World Truck Series titles.
He drove his No. 31 Rheem Chevrolet to a 13th-place finish -- and picked up a bonus point for leading one lap -- in a typically wild-and-wooly Feb. 22 opener on the Daytona high banks. And now he's ready to get back to business.
Because of the nature of superspeedway pack racing, Buescher has learned not to get overly excited or massively worried based on the outcome of that one particular race.
"It's hard to build momentum off just Daytona,'' Buescher allowed. "It's such a different animal from all the other races besides Talladega that to really say your season started ? that's just hard to say.
"It's just a different style of race. If the five-week break has to be anywhere in the schedule, I think it's in the right spot because of that reason. Once we get to Martinsville, then we really get the season started.
"Yes, 13th (place) was less than satisfactory for our team, but it's better than we finished last year at Daytona. I don't remember the position we finished (17th), but I know we were the highlight reel on SPEED every week when they showed commercials for the Daytona race and Joey Coulter landing on top of me.''
It's a different brand of highlight reel he'd like for this season. And as far as he's concerned, he's already a leg up in the pursuit.
Buescher's record at the next three stops is both encouraging and impressive. At Martinsville, he has six finishes of 12th or better in seven starts, including third- and sixth-place finishes in two races there in 2012.
"I'm ready to go,'' he said.
And at last, he can.
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