Chris Buescher Extends Points Lead at Chicagoland, Eyes More Improvementby Kyle Pokrefky September 20, 2015 0 comments
JOLIET, Ill. — A seventh-place run in the Furious 7 300 at Chicagoland Speedway may not have exactly been the finish that Chris Buescher was looking for, but it served its purpose in extending the points lead for the driver of the No. 60 Fifth Third Bank Ford for Roush Fenway Racing.
Buescher, 22, entered Saturday night’s 300-mile race with a 21-point lead over then second-place driver Chase Elliott; however, a lack of overall pace by Elliott at Chicagoland hamstringed his points haul from the evening as the driver of the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet finished 14th.
Buescher nearly had a disastrous points day himself as he found himself going down a lap in the early stages of the race.
After catching a break with a wave-around before halfway, Buescher remained on the lead lap for the rest of the race and credits his crew with keeping him in the top-10 for the remainder of the night.
“It was a long day,” Buescher said. “The guys made a lot of adjustments on our Fifth Third Bank Mustang, they did a really nice job there at the end. We had some speed, we just didn’t have the track position or the time really.
“I was pretty happy when the sun went down, just it was tough before that.”
While Elliott had his struggles, fellow championship contender Ty Dillon came home with a solid fifth-place finish in his No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet.
Dillon’s strong run put the second-year driver in the second position in the drivers standings – 25 points behind this year’s Iowa (May) and Dover winner.
Even though his lead added four points to it leaving Chicagoland, Buescher says that some on-track improvements are needed to lock up the title within the seven races remaining in the XFINITY season.
“We’re racing two races every weekend,” Buescher noted. “We’re racing the race and we’re running the points race. It’s tough to balance it. Seventh is not something that we’re going to be really happy about leaving here, but, it was a good points day.
“From that standpoint, it was a good day. We just need to get a little bit better as we go into these last seven.”
Buescher will next be in action in next Saturday’s VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway.
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