Chris Buescher Makes Monster Move And Saves Fuel To Win At Dover

Chris Buescher Makes Monster Move And Saves Fuel To Win At Dover

by May 31, 2015 0 comments

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DOVER, Del. – Chris Buescher, driver of the No. 60 Roush Performance Products Ford Mustang forced his way past Roush Fenway Racing teammate, Darrell Wallace Jr. to claim victory in the Buckle Up 200 presented by Click It or Ticket at Dover International Speedway on Saturday.

With nine laps to go, Chris Buescher challenged Darrell Wallace Jr. for the race lead as the two drivers entered Turn 3. Buescher slid up the banking and made contact, forcing his teammate up the track. With his fuel tank nearing empty, Buescher, with a commanding lead coasted to the checkered flag and earned his second victory of the 2015 season, extending his championship point lead to 15 over Richard Childress Racing’s Ty Dillon.

“That was tough because we are sitting there and he (Darrell Wallace Jr.) was saving a lot more fuel than I was because they (No. 6 Ford EcoBoost Mustang team) were shorter and I was able to run into the corner harder but I couldn’t do anything with the track being pretty narrow and two guys racing for the win. It was tough. We got side by side and it got pretty free but this Roush Mustang was good all weekend. The race wasn’t exactly where we needed to be but then Scott pulled great strategy and the team did a nice job and we got to victory lane with this Ford.”

After starting on pole and leading 52 laps, Darrell Wallace Jr. had to settle for a disappointing 17th place finish. Wallace Jr. entered the weekend fourth in the championship point standings, but he fell back one spot to fifth, now 49 points back from his teammate who leads the series. After the race, Darrell Wallace Jr. was upset with his Roush Fenway Racing teammate.

“I was saving fuel there and Chris (Buescher) just ran over me and he ends up winning. It should be interesting Monday morning. We just got run over. It sucks that it was my teammate. I thought he got help from the 7 (Regan Smith) but I just saw the replay there. I was saving fuel. I didn’t think I was holding him tight and the next thing you know we are almost in the fence. The crappy part about it is we had a really strong Ford EcoBoost Mustang and we couldn’t get off pit road to save us and we got caught in dirty air and then we were in fuel saving mode. I thought we were doing okay until that little incident. I would say I am happy Roush won but I am not.”

Matt Kenseth brought the No. 20 Reser’s Toyota homes in the second position. Kenseth started third and overcame a loose wheel that put him down a lap. He only led once throughout the afternoon at the Monster Mile, and during that stint, he led 51 laps. The finish was Kenseth’s third top-10 of the season and his 13th at the speedway.

“We got fortunate. We had a loose wheel and got a lap down and did the waive around and was able to lead a lap. We were one set short of tires, so we had to stay out that one round, but we were able to lead that whole stint. It went green at the end and I thought we were going to win the race, I didn’t think anyone was going to be able to run that long on fuel. They (Chris Buescher) did so it was a good day for us.”

Regan Smith finished third, earning a $100,000 bonus for winning the first round of the Dash 4 Cash program. Last weekend’s Charlotte Motor Speedway winner, Austin Dillon finished fourth, and Kasey Kahne finished fifth. Chase Elliott, Brendan Gaughan, Ty Dillon, Erik Jones and Spartanburg, South Carolina’s Jeremy Clements rounded out the top-10.

The second round of Dash 4 Cash competitors include Regan Smith, Chris Buescher, Chase Elliott and Brendan Gaughan.

Throughout the afternoon, there were seven lead changes between five different drivers. Erik Jones led 70 laps, most of any driver on Saturday. There were also only four cautions, as well.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series will visit Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, June 13 for the Great Clips 250 benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America. Coverage for the event with air live on FOX Sports 1 and the Motor Racing Network (MRN) at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Buckle Up 200 Presented By Click It Or Ticket Results:

1.) #60 Chris Buescher

2.) #20 Matt Kenseth

3.) #7 Regan Smith

4.) #33 Austin Dillon

5.) #88 Kasey Kahne

6.) #9 Chase Elliott

7.) #62 Brendan Gaughan

8.) #3 Ty Dillon

9.) #54 Erik Jones

10.) #51 Jeremy Clements

11.) #16 Ryan Reed

12.) #42 Brennan Poole

13.) #44 David Starr

14.) #43 Dakoda Armstrong

15.) #25 John Wes Townley

16.) #4 Ross Chastain

17.) #6 Darrell Wallace Jr.

18.) #28 JJ Yeley

19.) #18 Daniel Suarez

20.) #39 Ryan Sieg

21.) #1 Elliott Sadler

22.) #01 Landon Cassill

23.) #26 CJ Faison

24.) #24 Eric McClure

25.) #97 Peyton Sellers

26.) #0 Harrison Rhodes

27.) #15 BK McLeod

28.) #70 Derrike Cope

29.) #52 Joey Gase

30.) #8 Blake Koch

31.) #13 Timmy Hill

32.) #90 Mario Gosselin

33.) #14 Cale Conley

34.) #22 Ryan Blaney

35.) #74 Mike Harmon

36.) #2 Brian Scott

37.) #55 Jamie Dick

38.) #40 Carl Long

39.) #89 Morgan Shepherd

40.) #19 Jeff Green


NASCAR XFINITY Series Top-10 Point Standings:

1.) #60 Chris Buescher

2.) #3 Ty Dillon -15

3.) #9 Chase Elliott -37

4.) #7 Regan Smith -47

5.) #6 Darrell Wallace Jr. -49

6.) #1 Elliott Sadler -73

7.) #2 Brian Scott -90

8.) #16 Ryan Reed -95

9.) #62 Brendan Gaughan -102

10.) #18 Daniel Suarez -103

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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