Chris Buescher Finishes 20th in Sprint Cup Debutby Kyle Pokrefky March 22, 2015 0 comments
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FONTANA, Calif. — Racing on two days notice for Front Row Motorsports, Chris Buescher wheeled the No. 34 Dockside Logistics Ford to a 20th-place finish in the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in his Sprint Cup debut.
Driving in place of Brett Moffitt, who in turn drove the No. 55 Aaron’s Toyota in place of the sidelined Brian Vickers, Buescher turned heads with his consistent on-track performance throughout the race and at the finish of the (scheduled) 200-lap event.
The driver of the No. 60 Ford in the XFINITY Series for Roush Fenway Racing finished the race as the highest-finishing driver for Front Row Motorsports and was also able to beat Roush Fenway Sprint Cup teammates Trevor Bayne (29th) and Greg Biffle (32nd) to the checkered flag.
All in all, a strong effort by the 22-year-old from Prosper, Texas in his series debut.
“It was a lot of fun. I can’t thank Front Row Motorsports enough to give me this opportunity and for Roush Fenway Racing to allow me to go do it,” Buescher said post-race. “To be able to help another Ford Performance team out this was a blast.
“It’s the kind of race track I wanted to make my Cup debut at – some place that the pace falls off, the tires wear down and you’re able to really hustle it and race late into a run and this was just that. We went through a lot of changes today, a lot of ups and downs, and a lot of confusion too on my side just trying to keep up with where we were at with the lucky dog and with wavearounds.
“Green flag stops, everything moved so fast and I really had no clue where we were gonna finish coming to the checkered. I didn’t know where we were at, I just knew I had to beat a couple guys around us and tried everything we could…
“We completed the race, finished on the lead lap and got a top 20 out of it. I’m ecstatic about that. These guys did an awesome job today.”
Moffitt was scheduled to make his last of three scheduled starts in the No. 34 car in today’s race before moving over to the No. 55 seat earlier this weekend. With the regular driver of the No. 34 car, David Ragan, currently racing as substitute for the injured Kyle Busch in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for the next several months, the No. 34 car currently does not have a confirmed driver for next week’s race at Martinsville Speedway and for all races that are to be held until Ragan’s return to the car.
As to whether or not Buescher will be the driver to fill the seat until Ragan’s return, he’s not quite sure himself as the deal to put him in the car for today’s race served as just a one-race deal. However, the one-time XFINITY race winner is certainly up to the task.
“Honestly, this is all we’ve talked about to this point. We’ll just have to wait and see,” Buescher said. “I’m sure we’ll get back to the shop in Charlotte on Monday and start going through it, but at the moment this is a one-race deal, but I wouldn’t mind doing more, that’s for sure.”
Buescher’s next confirmed NASCAR start will be in the XFINITY Series on April 10th at Texas Motor Speedway.
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