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Chris Buescher

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

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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

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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

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.

Buescher will be one of the cheapest options in most salary cap games, but he could be counterproductive if he qualifies near the front of the pack. That will cost place-differential points in games that offer them. He could be a good value in games that reward finishing position only. Buescher could be in line for a result in the low-20s.
Jul 7 - 8:35 PM

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.

Buescher will deserve greater attention as the series heads to tracks for the second time in 2016. With track time under his belt, his confidence will grow and it will not be surprising to see him score a top-15 or even -10 on a driver’s track.
Jun 24 - 4:49 PM

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.

This is the sixth time in 2016 Buescher has made the second round. His best qualification effort of 16th came on the similarly-configured Auto Club Speedway, but he sustained damage and finished 33rd in that race.
Jun 10 - 5:31 PM

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.

There was minimal attrition in the Auto Club 400 and the data pool is too shallow to make any broad assertions for the driver of the No. 34. Watch Buescher at Michigan International Speedway, but this should be used as an evaluation race.
Jun 9 - 10:24 PM

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.

That race featured significant attrition that contributed to his finish, but he was stronger and finished nearly as well at Bristol Motor Speedway in April. In the Food City 500, he finished 21st and on the lead lap, which suggests the high-banked, tight-turned ovals may be where he has his most success.
May 20 - 7:09 PM