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Chris Buescher

Team: JTG Daugherty Racing-47
Age / DOB:  (24) / 10/29/1992

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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. Nov 29 - 7:59 PM

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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.
Nov 11 - 10:40 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.
Nov 2 - 9:06 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.
Oct 20 - 1:34 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.
Oct 10 - 10:36 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.
Oct 2 - 7:46 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.
Sep 30 - 12:10 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.
Sep 29 - 6:57 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.
Sep 27 - 5:42 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.
Sep 23 - 5:13 PM

Chris Buescher was the lowest running Chaser for most of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway last week, but he should rebound at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. His last attempt on a short, flat track ended in a top-25 finish.

Buescher finished on the lead lap in a dramatic evening and scored a 24th-place result. That was his second top-25 on this track type—joining another solid run in spring 2015 at Martinsville Speedway. With continued support from Roush-Fenway Racing, he should easily finish that well again in the Bad Boy Off Road 300 and while it will not be enough to advance him to round two of the playoffs, it will make him a solid fantasy value.
Sep 22 - 2:46 PM

Chris Buescher fell back rapidly from his 13th-place starting position in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400, was the first playoff driver to lose a lap, and the only one to lose two. He lagged behind the Chase field at Chicagoland Speedway all afternoon and ultimately finished 28th.

Buescher fell to 16th in the standings and is 12 points outside of 12th, 11 points behind 13th, and 10 behind 15th. It is unlikely he will pass the four drivers he needs to advance because he will have to score top-10s in order to do so. Buescher remains the feel-good story of the Chase, however, and could still be a good value so long as he has Roush-Fenway Racing support.
Sep 19 - 8:16 PM

Chris Buescher entered the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway 30th in the points. He needed to stay there or improve in order to advance in the race, but with attrition and a top-25 finish, he ended the night 29th in the standings. Buescher was the last driver on the lead lap in 24th.

Entering Chicagoland Speedway, Buescher will be seeded 13th with his Pocono Raceway victory providing three bonus points. Buescher’s path to the championship was aided by a brake failure by his teammate Landon Cassill and the multi-car wreck triggered by Tony Stewart that swallowed up David Ragan.
Sep 11 - 2:14 PM

Chris Buescher posted a lap of 121.957 mph and failed to advance to the final round of qualification at Richmond International Raceway for the Federated Auto Parts 400. He will roll off the grid in heavy traffic in 31st.

Worse still, the driver he is battling for 30th in the points advanced to the final round. David Ragan will start at least seven positions ahead of Buescher.
Sep 9 - 6:25 PM

Chris Buescher only needed to have a solid run at Bristol Motor Speedway to move ahead of David Ragan into 30th in the points. He overachieved by a wide margin to finish the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race fifth after starting 12th.

Buescher is now 13 points ahead of Ragan, who finished the Bristol race 21st. Buescher has a decent chance of overtaking Landon Cassill for 29th if he finishes nine or more positions ahead of the No. 38 on average. With Roush-Fenway Racing support and a modest price tag, Buescher could easily be the best fantasy value in the next three weeks.
Aug 21 - 8:44 PM