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Chris Buescher

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

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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

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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

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.

Trevor Bayne starts 22nd, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is 25th, and Greg Biffle 34th after spinning in qualification. Meanwhile, Buescher’s principal rival in the points David Ragan starts 37th. Buescher should easily climb into the top 30 in the standings this week.
Aug 19 - 7:16 PM

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.

Obviously his Pocono Raceway victory positively impacts that statistic but even with it removed from consideration, Buescher show an improvement of 2.3 positions per race. This team will only be stronger with the addition of full support from Roush-Fenway Racing.
Aug 11 - 4:38 PM

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.

That means Buescher needs to stay at least three positions with Smith while making up one spot on Ragan each week. It is a lot easier to race while looking out
Aug 10 - 7:08 PM

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.

Notably, both drivers were caught up in the same lap 85 accident. Buescher lost a lap in the process and was unable to advance beyond 30th, but he now has four regular season races to make up the deficit.
Aug 8 - 5:45 PM

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.

None of the Roush-Fenway Racing drivers are in a position to make the Chase without a victory, so this is the best scenario for the organization. And while the three RFR drivers have not run extremely well, they have run strong enough to make up six points on the Tommy Baldwin Racing team that currently stands in their way.
Aug 5 - 1:56 PM

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.

Notably, Buescher’s win does not elevate him into the Chase just yet. He currently sits 31st in the standings, six points behind David Ragan and must continue to execute the next five weeks perfectly in order to be part of the playoffs. Still, the No. 34 team has been getting progressively better in recent weeks and was one of this week’s top dark horses in Rotoworld’s coverage. The Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last week was his previous best finish of 14th.
Aug 1 - 4:15 PM

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.

The knockout style qualification has made time trials entertaining. Notably Buescher’s fast lap came on his third run, which suggested that a little heat in the tires adds speed. Biffle will start the Pennsylvania 400 in 25th as Buescher continues to show incredible improvement in the Cup series.
Jul 29 - 5:02 PM

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

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