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Chris Buescher

Team: JTG Daugherty Racing-37
Age / DOB:  (24) / 10/29/1992

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Chris Buescher has made two previous starts at Daytona International Speedway and failed to finish either after sustaining crash damage.
Buescher will be in a little better equipment this year as he moves into a second JTG-Daugherty Racing car, but that will not make any difference whatsoever if he gets swept into an incident. Fantasy players should play it safe and look for a different dark horse. Feb 15 - 12:49 PM

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Chris Buescher’s tenure with JTG-Daugherty Racing could be for only one year, as Roush-Fenway Racing expects to return to three cars in 2018.

Buescher was a developmental driver for RFR last year with Front Row Motorsports and is still closely connected to Roush. One-year teams do not typically run great, however, and Buescher will lack consistency in 2017. Still, as a sophomore, he will produce strong enough results to make him fantasy relevant on occasion.
Jan 4 - 1:12 PM

Trent Owens will serve as crew chief for Chris Buescher in 2017, according to

Owens was released from Richard Petty Motorsports in October as that organization prepared to field only one car in 2017; they had two in 2016. During his first year working with Aric Almirola, Owens took the No. 43 back to Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway in 2014 and earned a Chase berth for the famed organization.
Jan 3 - 1:47 PM

The BIG Reveal... You have been asking and guessing what car # @Chris_Buescher will be driving in 2017, it will be the #37. #NASCAR

Mon, Dec 12, 2016 05:52:00 PM

Chris Buescher’s Pennsylvania 400 victory at Pocono Raceway that put him in Chase contention was rapidly followed by a fifth-place finish two weeks later at Bristol Motor Speedway.

There was nothing ‘fluky’ about his top-five. He qualified 12th, remained on the lead lap most of the day, and finished strong. His results improved when Roush-Fenway Racing increased their support to Front Row Motorsports—and in 2017 he will essentially be in a satellite team for that powerhouse organization, which means he will be one of the top dark horses coming out of the gates.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 12:54:00 PM

Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) has announced its 2017 plans for the NASCAR Cup Series that will see the organization field a two-car Cup operation next season, with drivers Trevor Bayne and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. piloting the No. 6 and No. 17 Ford Fusions, respectively, in NASCAR’s highest series.

RFR will lease its No. 16 NASCAR Charter and driver Chris Buescher to JTG Daugherty Racing in 2017. At this time it is not known what number Buescher will use but he will be switching from Ford to Chevrolet. He is joining No. 47 Chevrolet driver, AJ Allmendinger at JTG Racing.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 07:59:00 PM

Chris Buescher has earned four straight top-30s on short, flat tracks this season with a best result of 24th at Richmond International Raceway in September.

Buescher’s four efforts before that were worse, but not considerably so. He finished 30th at Phoenix this spring and should be expected to finish within a position or two of that mark.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 10:40:00 AM

Chris Buescher failed to finish on the lead lap in his first eight attempts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, but he has gone the distance in his last two attempts.

This points to the power of complete support from Roush-Fenway Racing, which they provided once the No. 34 qualified for the Chase. Buescher finished 16th at Charlotte Motor Speedway and 21st at Kansas Speedway. He should be able to record another solid run this week. A top-25 will make him an acceptable value.
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 09:06:00 PM

Chris Buescher has failed to finish with crash damage in his last three restrictor-plate, superspeedway races.

In the one race Buescher completed, he finished on the lead lap in 24th. That came in last Mays’s Talladega SuperSpeedway event before he was fulltime on the circuit. Buescher will be a greater value elsewhere so long as he is able to use the Roush-Fenway Racing resources.
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 01:34:00 PM

Chris Buescher narrowly missed the top 15 in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He finished 16th.

If the same kind of carnage had marked the Chicagoland Speedway Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400, Buescher might have had a shot at advancing to round two. NASCAR is all about timing. Still, he has to feel some sense of vindication for finishing ahead of five current playoff contenders.
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 10:36:00 AM

Chris Buescher was the Cinderella Story of the 2016 Chase for the Championship, but his glass slipper cracked after three races. He finished 23rd in the Citizen Soldier 400 to land 16th in the points’ standings.

Buescher was never close. He finished 28th at Chicagoland Speedway, 30th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and now 23rd. He was 40 points behind the 12th-place bubble. With an average of 27.0, he now has the lowest average finish of any Chase contender during the playoffs.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 07:46:00 PM

Chris Buescher posted the slowest lap among Chase contenders in the first practice session for the Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover. His speed of 160.100 mph was 31st on the overall chart.

His speed was 0.744 seconds slower than the leaders and on a track where times are in the 21 second range, it will not take long to get lapped. Buescher is more expensive than he should be in most salary cap games because of his playoff status and he should be avoided.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 12:10:00 PM

Chris Buescher needs to finish 16th or better to avoid having the lowest average finish among Chasers since NASCAR implemented a playoff-style package. He was 18th in this spring’s Dover International Speedway AAA 400.

Buescher needs to pick up only two positions to have an average finish better than 25th, but that will not be an easy task. This spring’s race was marked by an 18-car pileup on a restart that skewed the finishing order and his 18th-place finish came with a lot of help.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 06:57:00 PM

Chris Buescher finished 30th in the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire. He was 28th in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400, which puts him on a pace to have the worst-ever average finish for a Chase contender.

In 2015, Aric Almirola was eliminated after one round in this knockout-style format with an average finish of 25.0. Buescher will need to finish 17th or better in the Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway to match or improve on Almirola’s mark.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 05:42:00 PM

Chase contenders Austin Dillon and Chris Buescher failed to advance to the second round of qualification for the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire. Dillon will line up 29th with a lap of 132.595 mph. Buescher will start 28th at 132.618 mph.

Buescher is in the bottom four in points among Chase contenders. Dillon is on the bubble with a one-point advantage. Both drivers have two more practice sessions to dial in their cars, but this is a blow to the championship hopes.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016 05:13:00 PM