Chris Buescher has full support from Roush-Fenway Racing this week and he is making full use of it. He advanced to the final round of qualification for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway when none of the Roushketeers could and will lineup 12th.
Chris Buescher is still outside the top 30 in points, but he has shown a lot of improvement in the last 11 races. In the first 11 events of the season, he had an average result of 30.3; his most recent 11 show a 25.5, which is an improvement of nearly five positions.
Regan Smith fell 13 laps off the pace at Watkins Glen International last week and provided a little breathing room for Chris Buescher. Smith sits 32nd in the points standings and was nine markers behind Buescher—who is trying to make up ground on David Ragan in 30th—before the Cheez-it 355. Smith is now 14 points out of 31st with an average finish this season of 28.5.
In order to take advantage of his Pocono Raceway win and become a part of the 2016 Chase, Chris Buescher has to be in the top 30 in points. He finished 30th in the Cheez-it 355 at the Glen and made up three points on 33rd-place David Ragan.
During practice for the Cheez-it 355 at the Glen, it was announced Chris Buescher would have full Roush-Fenway Racing support for the remainder of the season in an effort to get the No. 34 into the top 30 and the Chase. Buescher won last week at Pocono Raceway to fulfill one of the qualifications.
Texas native Chris Buescher did not have the fastest car for the Pennsylvania 400, but he had the right strategy. He was leading the field at Pocono Raceway and getting chased down by Brad Keselowski, but was leading when fog ended the race.
As time ran out on the first practice session, Jeff Gordon jumped from 24th to 22nd, moving the Greg Biffle to the bubble (24th). Biffle’s crew thought he was safe, but Chris Buescher was on track and logged a lap of 175.987 mph—jumping to 18th in the process, and bumping Biffle from round two. Biffle’s speed was 175.603 mph.
Chris Buescher was the top Rookie of the Year contender at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He finished 14th in the Crown Royal Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard after starting the day solidly in 22nd. This placed him one position ahead of Chase Elliott.
Chris Buescher advanced into the second round of qualification for the Crown Royal Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard and will roll off the grid Sunday in 22nd.
Chris Buescher was notably fast in the first practice session for the Quaker State 400 by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway. His top speed of 184.603 mph was good enough for eighth on that chart.
Chris Buescher is behaving much more like a rookie should. His has steadily improved this year and showed promise in several recent races: most notably by scoring top-20s at Dover International Speedway and Michigan International Speedway.
Chris Buescher advanced to the second round of qualification at Michigan International Speedway for the Firekeepers Casino 400. His speed of 196.137 mph was good enough for 22nd on the gird.
Chris Buescher got off to a strong start at Auto Club Speedway this March when he started 16th. He fell 17 positions before the checkers waved, however, and finished only 33rd.
Chris Buescher scored his first top-20 of the season in the most recent NASCAR Cup race at Dover International Speedway. He started 30th, survived crash damage late in the event, lost four laps, but finish 18th.