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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chris Buescher posted the fifth-fastest lap in Friday’s practice session for the Auto Club 400. His top speed was 187.823 mph.
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.
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.
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.
Chris Buescher will promote railroad safety with CSX in 2016, with the transportation company returning its "Play It Safe" messaging to the Front Row Motorsports No. 34 Ford Fusion for a fourth consecutive season.
Love's has extended its partnership with Front Row Motorsports (FRM) for the 2016 season and is excited to announce that 2015 XFINITY Series Champion Chris Buescher will be driving the new #34 Love's Ford Fusion.
Team sources confirmed to Motorsport.com that veteran Bob Osborne will oversee Chris Buescher’s development during his Sprint Cup rookie season at Front Row Motorsports, piloting the No. 34.