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.
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.
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.
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.