Chris Buescher Entering Dover with Nothing to Loseby Kyle Pokrefky October 1, 2016 0 comments
Chris Buescher has a mountain of a challenge facing him entering Sunday’s Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway.
Buescher, driver of the No. 34 CSX/Play It Safe Ford, holds the 16th position in the Chase standings and sits 31 points outside of a transfer position into its Round of 12.
To put it in football terms, Buescher and his Front Row Motorsports team would need a hail mary from their own 20-yard line in order to advance.
With that, Buescher is looking at an ‘all-or-nothing’ approach to the Dover weekend, saying that he and his team have nothing to lose.
“We look at Dover as the last race of this round and we really don’t have anything to lose,” Buescher said. “Chicago and Loudon weren’t the races that we wanted to have and we come into Dover, one of my favorite race tracks. It looks like the weather is clearing out and we should get all of the festivities in today.
“I’m excited to get on track. This should be a place where we can really have a good run and see if we can advance to that next round. It’s gonna be tough at this point, but this is probably our best race track out of this round, so I’m excited to get going.”
Given his tough position in the standings, Buescher also stated that his team is perfectly willing to throw the dice in terms of race strategy.
In an ironic fashion given the name of his sponsor for the weekend, the defending XFINITY Series champion says that there are plenty of options available when it comes to taking an aggressive approach for the weekend.
“That’s probably not what they want me to say, but we really don’t have to play it safe at all,” Buescher said. “We can go out here and we can try to gamble on fuel. We can take two tires if we feel it’s decent in practice. We have an endless amount of options that are open for us right now because where we’re at, the last two weeks have not been what we wanted.”
There is a limit, however, regarding just how far the team may take it on Sunday.
“We want to make sure it’s something that could be very beneficial,” Buescher continued. “We don’t want to do something that’s just crazy and obviously isn’t going to work, so there will be a little bit of planning and strategy to it, but we don’t have to play it safe at all.”
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