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Chris Buescher

Team: Front Row Motorsports-34
Age / DOB:  (23) / 10/29/1992

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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.
Buescher and the Front Row Motorsports scored nine top-25 results in the opening part of the season, but this was their first top-15. No one expected it to come in one of the biggest races of the year, but fantasy owners who rolled the dice on him were well rewarded. Jul 25 - 11:15 AM

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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.

Buescher will make his first attempt at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and was the third-fastest rookie in qualification. He has scored some respectable runs so far in his rookie season. This June, he recorded one of five top-25s on the other 2.5-mile flat track of Pocono Raceway after starting in the front half of the pack in 18th. He should be considered a potential top-25 finisher again this week.
Jul 23 - 7:07 PM

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.

Buescher will be one of the cheapest options in most salary cap games, but he could be counterproductive if he qualifies near the front of the pack. That will cost place-differential points in games that offer them. He could be a good value in games that reward finishing position only. Buescher could be in line for a result in the low-20s.
Jul 7 - 8:35 PM

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.

Buescher will deserve greater attention as the series heads to tracks for the second time in 2016. With track time under his belt, his confidence will grow and it will not be surprising to see him score a top-15 or even -10 on a driver’s track.
Jun 24 - 4:49 PM

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.

This is the sixth time in 2016 Buescher has made the second round. His best qualification effort of 16th came on the similarly-configured Auto Club Speedway, but he sustained damage and finished 33rd in that race.
Jun 10 - 5:31 PM

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.

There was minimal attrition in the Auto Club 400 and the data pool is too shallow to make any broad assertions for the driver of the No. 34. Watch Buescher at Michigan International Speedway, but this should be used as an evaluation race.
Jun 9 - 10:24 PM

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.

That race featured significant attrition that contributed to his finish, but he was stronger and finished nearly as well at Bristol Motor Speedway in April. In the Food City 500, he finished 21st and on the lead lap, which suggests the high-banked, tight-turned ovals may be where he has his most success.
May 20 - 7:09 PM

In four starts with Front Row Motorsports on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, Chris Buescher has been running at the end of every race and finished 30th or better. He is looking to rebound quickly at Kansas Speedway after taking a wicked tumble at Talladega SuperSpeedway last week that has him batter and bruised.

Buescher’s best finish came at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this season when he finished 26th after starting 25th. In spring 2014, he started 40th at Texas Motor Speedway and earned 10 place-differential points in route to a 30th-place result, so he could be a good value if he qualifies modestly.
May 2 - 7:47 PM

Chris Buescher has made only one previous start on a short, flat track, but it is germane to this weekend. He started last year’s Food City 500 in 38th and advanced to 25th at the end.

That race had a lot of attrition and Buescher sustained some crash damage. He was six laps off the pace, but he showed determination and could finish near the 25th-place mark again this week.
Apr 14 - 7:10 PM

Chris Buescher has not yet finished on the lead lap in 2016, but he’s come within one circuit of doing so twice. Last week at Auto Club Speedway, he finished 33rd and was 26th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

If not for the stellar outings of fellow rookies Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney, Buescher’s performance would appear much stronger. He is adapting as well as a first-year driver should and will be a better value later in the season. Buescher’s average finish of 31.2 is the worst among drivers who have started all five races this season.
Mar 23 - 3:46 PM

David Ragan has spent only 38.5 percent of his time on the lead lap, according the NASCAR Statistical Services. In the 1,315 laps run, he has been with the leader for only 506 circuits.

Ragan has the experience to run better, but the team is not quite up to snuff. The only drivers he has outperformed in this category at Josh Wise (with 7.9%), Chris Buescher (19.6%), and Cole Whitt (22.8). Michael Annett rounds out the bottom five with 39.2 percent.
Mar 23 - 12:29 PM

Chris Buescher posted the fifth-fastest lap in Friday’s practice session for the Auto Club 400. His top speed was 187.823 mph.

Buescher should manage to advance out of the first round of qualification, but will need to manage his tires to start among the top 12. In any event, this was an impressive run. If he qualifies well, however, fantasy owners need to be a little worried about him losing place-differential points in games that offer them.
Mar 18 - 3:04 PM

There is very little data for Chris Buescher at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Folds of Honor Quicktrip 500 will be his first attempt on this track and only his third try on an unrestricted, intermediate speedway.

Buescher got off to a solid start last year with a 20th in the Auto Club 400. He was not quite as strong on the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway and finished 30th. Fantasy owners can expect a mid-20s finish if he avoids trouble and that could make him a good fit for the final roster slot.
Feb 26 - 10:48 AM

Jimmie Johnson (with a 10-lap average of 192.515), Chris Buescher (189.363), and Casey Mears (189.325) were the only three drivers to make long runs in Friday morning’s practice session.

Buescher needed the track time as a rookie. Johnson needed a long run in his backup car. Mears apparently just wanted to get some more experience before the 500.
Feb 19 - 1:27 PM

If Chris Buescher races his way into the Daytona 500, it will be only the second time he has competed on a restrictor-plate, superspeedway at NASCAR’s top level. His only attempt last year came in the May Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway, where he finished 24th.

Buescher will be in solid equipment with Front Row Motorsports and this organization has a few aces up their sleeves on plate tracks. Expect a solid top-20 performance from them, but his ultimate finish will require him to stay out of trouble and that can be unpredictable for a rookie.
Feb 4 - 6:05 PM