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Chris Buescher

Chris Buescher
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Buescher at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2015
Born (1992-10-29) October 29, 1992 (age 25)
Prosper, Texas
Achievements 2012 ARCA Racing Series Champion
2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion
Awards 2011 ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
78 races run over 3 years
Car no., team No. 37 (JTG Daugherty Racing)
2017 position 25th
Best finish 16th (2016)
First race 2015 Auto Club 400 (Fontana)
Last race 2017 Ford EcoBoost 400 (Homestead)
First win 2016 Pennsylvania 400 (Pocono)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 6 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
74 races run over 4 years
2015 position 1st
Best finish 1st (2015)
First race 2011 Bubba Burger 250 (Richmond)
Last race 2015 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
First win 2014 Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 (Mid-Ohio)
Last win 2015 Buckle Up 200 (Dover)
Wins Top tens Poles
3 36 0
Statistics current as of November 19, 2017.

Christopher "Chris" Buescher (born October 29, 1992) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 37 Chevrolet SS for JTG Daugherty Racing. He is the 2012 ARCA Racing Series and 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion and the cousin of 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion James Buescher.

Racing career

ARCA Racing Series

Buescher's 2013 ARCA car at Road America

Buescher began his professional racing career in 2005, driving Legends cars in Texas for Speedway Legends, Winning over 100 races. (Speedway Legends, worked with several top drivers, David Ragan, Jonathan Davenport etc.) In 2008, Buescher moved to North Carolina to be mentored by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Ragan and signing as a development driver for Roush Fenway Racing,[1] Buescher began competing in ARCA competition in 2009; he went on to win the series championship in 2012, becoming the only driver ever to compete every lap in a season of competition in the series.[2]

Xfinity Series

Buescher made his debut in NASCAR competition for Roush Fenway Racing in 2011, driving two races in the Nationwide Series;[3] he returned to the series in 2013, driving in seven races for the team, in addition to a limited ARCA schedule with Roulo Bros. Racing.[4]

Buescher's 2014 Nationwide car at Road America

In 2014, Buescher moved full-time to the Nationwide Series, driving the No. 60 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing.[5] After failing to qualify at Daytona, Buescher had a solid rookie season, finishing ninth at Las Vegas, 7th at Richmond, second at Talladega, ninth at Charlotte, 11th at Dover, tenth at Michigan, and 12th at the July Daytona race. Buescher finished fifth at New Hampshire to earn a spot in the second Nationwide Dash 4 Cash race at Chicagoland;[6] he would finish 8th at Chicago and 11th at Indianapolis. Fastenal returned to sponsor the 60 at Iowa,[7] where Buescher finished 14th. Cup sponsors Kellogg's and Cheez-It sponsored the car at Watkins Glen.[8] Buescher won the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio on August 16, his first career win.

Buescher returned to the No. 60 Ford in the newly renamed Xfinity Series for 2015.[9] Buescher started off the season with a runner-up finish to teammate Ryan Reed at Daytona in the Alert Today Florida 300. Then, Buescher followed up that second-place finish with another top five finish, fourth, in the Hisense 250 at Atlanta giving him a tie for the points lead with fellow competitor Ty Dillon. Buescher scored the second series win of his career at Iowa Speedway after passing Chase Elliott for the lead on the final restart of the race, Elliott had lead 114 laps but couldn't hold off a hard charge from Buescher.[10] Two weeks later Buescher would be back in victory lane at Dover International Speedway for his second win in 2015, Buescher made contact with teammate Darrell Wallace Jr. near the end of the race to make the winning pass, Wallace was upset with his teammate as he cut a tire as result of the contact and would go on to say "I would say I am happy Roush won but I’m not."[11]

In the final race of the 2015 season, Buescher won his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship at Homestead Miami Speedway on November 21. He finished 11th in the race after receiving the Lucky Dog to get back on the lead lap. Kyle Larson won the race. Buescher was able to hold off defending champion (of the then Nationwide Series) Chase Elliott, Ty Dillon, and Regan Smith in points to win the title.

Monster Energy Cup Series

Buescher made his Cup Series debut in the No. 34 Ford for Front Row Motorsports at Fontana in 2015,[12] filling in for David Ragan, who had been substituting for Kyle Busch, who was out for a fractured leg; Buescher finished 20th. Buescher ran five additional Cup races for FRM in 2015.

On December 10, it was announced that Buescher would move up to Sprint Cup to drive FRM's No. 34 full-time in 2016.[13] Front Row entered an alliance with Roush Fenway.

Superspeedway wrecks plagued the No. 34 team. Buescher started the season with a hard crash at Daytona with Matt DiBenedetto, finishing 39th. He described this accident, by calling it "the of the hardest hit of my career". At the Talladega, on lap 96, Buescher was involved in a crash which sent his car into a barrel roll, flipping three times before landing; he was not injured in the accident.[14] Buescher also wrecked out of the summer Daytona race, finishing last.

Things began to turn around after Daytona, with Buescher finishing 14th in his rookie attempt at the Brickyard 400. One week later at Pocono, Buescher took the lead late in the Pennsylvania 400 by being on a different pit sequence. Buescher took the lead just before a massive cloud of fog moved over the track. After an hour of waiting, NASCAR gave up on trying to wait out the fog due to approaching severe weather and called the race, giving Buescher his first NASCAR Cup Series victory and the second win for Front Row Motorsports. Buescher, with the win, became the first driver since Joey Logano in 2009 to win a race as a Cup Series Rookie of the Year candidate (In 2011, Trevor Bayne won a race during his part-time rookie season but was not running for the Cup Series Rookie of the Year award). Buescher also became the first rookie to win at Pocono since Denny Hamlin in 2006. Buescher also brought Front Row Motorsports its first win in 118 races going back to David Ragan at Talladega in 2013.[15] Despite the win, Buescher was not automatically guaranteed a Chase position because he was outside the Top 30 in driver points, the minimum standing required to qualify for the Chase. At Bristol, Buescher finished 5th to move into the 30th points position, moving past David Ragan. Buescher passed his teammate Landon Cassill for 29th in the standings at Richmond and locked in his place in the Chase.

He began the Chase in the 13th position in points. Buescher would be easily eliminated after the first round though due to underfunded equipment and poor finishes. He finished 28th at Chicagoland, 30th at New Hampshire, and 23rd at Dover. In the second round, Buescher finished 16th at Charlotte, 21st at Kansas, and 22nd at Talladega.

On November 29, 2016, Roush Fenway announced the sale of their charter for the No. 16 car to JTG Daugherty Racing, with Buescher taking over the new ride.[16] The car was officially announced as No. 37 on December 12.[17]

Buescher began 2017 with a crash in the Daytona 500, finishing 35th. The next week at Atlanta, he finished 24th. The next race, Las Vegas, he finished 23rd. He followed this up with a 27th place outing at Phoenix, and then 25th place at Auto Club. At Martinsville, Buescher scored a season-best 11th place finish, one spot shy of a third career top 10. He eventually scored his first Top 10, with JTG at Daytona, finishing 10th. The Coke Zero 400 was also the first time that both JTG Daugherty cars finished insided the Top 10, with Allmendinger finishing 8th.

Motorsports career results

NASCAR

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Monster Energy Cup Series

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 MENCC Pts
2015 Front Row Motorsports 34 Ford DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL
20
MAR
24
TEX
30
BRI
25
RCH TAL
24
KAN CLT DOV POC MCH SON DAY KEN NHA IND POC GLN
37
MCH BRI DAR RCH CHI NHA DOV CLT KAN TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 62nd 01
2016 DAY
39
ATL
28
LVS
26
PHO
30
CAL
33
MAR
33
TEX
28
BRI
21
RCH
34
TAL
37
KAN
24
DOV
18
CLT
37
POC
25
MCH
20
SON
30
DAY
40
KEN
37
NHA
29
IND
14
POC
1
GLN
30
BRI
5
MCH
35
DAR
17
RCH
24
CHI
28
NHA
30
DOV
23
CLT
16
KAN
21
TAL
22
MAR
27
TEX
21
PHO
32
HOM
24
16th 2169
2017 JTG Daugherty Racing 37 Chevy DAY
35
ATL
24
LVS
23
PHO
27
CAL
25
MAR
11
TEX
21
BRI
39
RCH
17
TAL
15
KAN
18
CLT
20
DOV
23
POC
19
MCH
36
SON
19
DAY
10
KEN
16
NHA
25
IND
9
POC
28
GLN
11
MCH
6
BRI
27
DAR
17
RCH
32
CHI
27
NHA
21
DOV
30
CLT
18
TAL
17
KAN
6
MAR
21
TEX
22
PHO
37
HOM
20
25th 564
Daytona 500
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2016 Front Row Motorsports Ford 17 39
2017 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 37 35

Xfinity Series

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 NXSC Pts
2011 Roush Fenway Racing 16 Ford DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX TAL NSH RCH
17
DAR
17
DOV IOW CLT CHI MCH ROA DAY KEN NHA NSH IRP IOW GLN CGV BRI ATL RCH CHI DOV KAN CLT TEX PHO HOM 57th 54
2013 Roush Fenway Racing 16 Ford DAY PHO LVS BRI
7
CAL TEX
17
RCH TAL DAR
12
CLT
38
DOV IOW MCH
7
ROA KEN DAY NHA CHI IND IOW GLN ATL
13
RCH CHI KEN DOV KAN
16
CLT TEX PHO HOM 34th 199
6 MOH
QL
BRI
2014 60 DAY
DNQ
PHO
15
LVS
9
BRI
16
CAL
14
TEX
27
DAR
34
RCH
7
TAL
2
IOW
13
CLT
9
DOV
11
MCH
10
ROA
18
KEN
18
DAY
12
NHA
5
CHI
8
IND
11
IOW
14
GLN
29
MOH
1
BRI
10
ATL
13
RCH
10
CHI
12
KEN
7
DOV
4
KAN
28
CLT
6
TEX
13
PHO
12
HOM
5
7th 1014
2015 DAY
2
ATL
4
LVS
14
PHO
14
CAL
5
TEX
9
BRI
3
RCH
20
TAL
6
IOW
1
CLT
11
DOV
1
MCH
4
CHI
5
DAY
12
KEN
11
NHA
14
IND
16
IOW
13
GLN
3
MOH
4
BRI
11*
ROA
9
DAR
5
RCH
10
CHI
7
KEN
7
DOV
8
CLT
7
KAN
6
TEX
11
PHO
13
HOM
11
1st 1190
- Qualified for Trevor Bayne

ARCA Racing Series

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Racing Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 ARSC Pts
2009 Roulo Brothers Racing 17 Ford DAY SLM
4
CAR TAL KEN TOL
17
POC MCH MFD
3
IOW
4
KEN BLN POC ISF CHI TOL
8
DSF NJE SLM
21
KAN CAR
6
25th 1560
2010 DAY PBE SLM
12
TEX TAL TOL
1*
POC MCH IOW
11
MFD
7
POC BLN NJE
3
ISF CHI DSF TOL
1
SLM
11
KAN CAR
7
20th 1625
2011 DAY
2
TAL
5
SLM
22
TOL
5
NJE
15
CHI
2
POC
2
MCH
5
WIN
2
BLN
7
IOW
3
IRP
22
POC
3
ISF
8
MAD
2*
DSF
1
SLM
1*
KAN
2
TOL
1
2nd 4880
2012 DAY
20
MOB
6
SLM
7
TAL
17
TOL
1*
ELK
3
POC
5
MCH
1
WIN
4
NJE
3
IOW
13
CHI
4
IRP
7
POC
5
BLN
1
ISF
5
MAD
1*
SLM
2
DSF
C
KAN
8
1st 4885
2013 DAY
30
MOB SLM TAL TOL ELK POC MCH 46th 575
99 ROA
1
WIN CHI NJE
22
POC BLN ISF MAD DSF IOW SLM
18
KEN KAN

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References

  1. ^ "Roush Fenway Racing Signs Chris Buescher as Development Driver". Roush Fenway Racing. October 9, 2009. Archived from the original on June 2, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ Fraley, Gerry (October 25, 2012). "Chris Buescher adds to family's success by winning ARCA title". The Dallas Morning News. Dallas, TX. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Chris Buescher - NASCAR Nationwide Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona Video Updates". SPEED Channel. Fox Sports. February 16, 2013. Archived from the original on February 19, 2013. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Stewart, Stenhouse Get New Crew Chiefs". ABC. November 19, 2013. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ "NNS: Smith, Sadler, Scott, Chris Buescher in Dash4Cash this weekend". MotorSportsTalk. Retrieved December 25, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Chris Buescher – Iowa Advance". Retrieved December 25, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Paint Scheme Preview: Watkins Glen". August 6, 2014. Retrieved December 25, 2015. 
  9. ^ [www.roushfenway.com]
  10. ^ [www.nascar.com]
  11. ^ [www.nascar.com]
  12. ^ Spencer, Lee (March 20, 2015). "Buescher to drive the No. 34 Ford Sprint Cup car at Fontana". Motorsport.com. Retrieved March 20, 2015. 
  13. ^ Turner, Jared (December 12, 2015). "XFINITY champ Chris Buescher to race full time in Sprint Cup". Fox Sports. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  14. ^ "SEVEN-CAR WRECK SENDS BUESCHER FLIPPING, JOHNSON SPINNING". NASCAR. May 1, 2016. Retrieved May 3, 2016. 
  15. ^ Pockrass, Bob (August 1, 2016). "Cup rookie Chris Buescher gets surprise first win". ESPN. Retrieved August 1, 2016. 
  16. ^ Long, Dustin (November 29, 2016). "JTG Daugherty expands, signs Chris Buescher to drive in 2017". NBC Sports. Retrieved November 29, 2016. 
  17. ^ Jensen, Tom (December 12, 2016). "Chris Buescher to drive No. 37 for JTG Daugherty Racing". Foxsports.com. Retrieved December 12, 2016. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ty Dillon
ARCA Racing Series Champion
2012
Succeeded by
Frank Kimmel
Preceded by
Chase Elliott
NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion
2015
Succeeded by
Daniel Suárez