Late Caution Derails Strong Chris Buescher Effortby Kyle Pokrefky August 29, 2015 0 comments
ELKHART LAKE, Wisc. — Saturday’s Road America 180 at the Road America circuit presented a great opportunity for Chris Buescher to strike and further pad his 19-point lead entering the race.
Buescher, a two-time race winner in the XFINITY Series this year, entered Road America with 2015 results of third at Watkins Glen and fourth at Mid-Ohio to his credit and was returning to a track he won at in the ARCA Racing Series in 2013.
Running solidly in the top-six throughout most of the day, Buescher was fighting his way back towards the front after pitting just past halfway in the 45-lap race before a Lap 36 caution froze his position on the track.
While the caution came out solely for Ben Rhodes getting his No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet stuck in a Turn 7 gravel trap, it took six laps to completely clear the track as various cars also found themselves losing power while trying to save fuel.
If Buescher was to charge his way back towards the top-five, he was going to need a lot more than four laps to do it. After the green flag waved for the final restart, the driver of the No. 60 Fastenal Ford came home with a ninth-place finish to his name.
“We were way better than that,” Buescher said. “Our car ran pretty decent and we had good strategy. For some reason, we ran a ton of caution laps at the end for no reason for one car up in the gravel and we kept running laps.
“Then we got lined up on the wrong side of the road for the last restart. We were ninth in line and we still ended up in the outside lane – or what would be considered as the outside lane. Nothing went our way.”
Being the 11th race to the conclusion of the season, the current points leader did have the points championship on his mind; however, with the length of the final caution, a better result wasn’t meant to be.
“We were thinking about points today, we were going to be in great shape for it,” Buescher remarked. “Just some bad calls on the upper authorities part.”
Heading into next Saturday’s race at Darlington Raceway, Buescher’s points lead over second-place driver Chase Elliott stands at 16 points.
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