FORT WORTH -- James Buescher spent part of his Thursday afternoon driving a lot slower than he's used to (about 175 MPH), but a lot faster than his passengers ever do.
Buescher took some fans for laps around the track at Texas Motor Speedway.
He isn't well known by most fans yet, but he will be. He's only 22 years old, and three races away from winning the NASCAR Truck Series.
His boss, Steve Turner, knows James’ future is bright.
“James will make it to Sprint Cup," he said. "He has a great future; he’s a great driver."
Turner owns Turner Motorsports, and Buescher is not only one of his drivers, but also his son-in-law. But that relationship isn't worth much -- Turner said he's fired Buescher twice.
“Every now and then, we’ll have a little disagreement about a certain thing, and about what I do or don’t want him to do," Turner said. "And when he crosses that line, I send him to the house.”
Their most important mutual link, Kris Buescher (formerly Kris Turner) sees it differently.
“I would say that they had a disagreement," she said. "[Steve Turner] said, 'if you don’t understand, then you’re gone.’ He didn’t fire him.”
The Plano native began his racing career at TMS, in the Bandolero Young Guns Series. If he makes it to the Sprint Cup Series in a few years, he'll be one of the few native Texans to do it.
And Buescher knows his story isn’t a conventional one.
“It’s definitely different, not having the family background in this sport and being a first-generation driver," he said. "To be able to make it to this level is pretty cool.”
When he does go big time, fans will be more excited about the driver than the ride.