Currently in the NASCAR Sprint Cup garage, Chris Buescher is evidently the most fortunate driver, and I bet the rookie wants that luck to stay with him longer. During a break from his test session on Tuesday, Buescher told MLive that he lost $100 at the casino. Michigan International Speedway will be the venue for the upcoming Pure Michigan 400 race on Sunday afternoon for the Sprint Cup Series in Brooklyn. Online NASCAR odds will be tested as Buescher seeks a playoff berth with just three races remaining before the Chase begins with the Chicago-based race on September 18.
Buescher joined the Chase after his rare win on August 1 at Pocono despite the foggy atmosphere, and this could remain the circuit’s biggest surprise this season. Unfortunately, Buescher cannot depend on luck because it is obligatory for all drivers to feature in the top 30 positions in points as a qualification for the postseason. On Monday, Buescher finished fifth at Bristol while driving his Number 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford. Even though Buescher is 13 points clear of David Ragan who is at position 31, his fifth place finish also helped the Prosper, Tex., native to make it to position 30 in points. Buescher said Bristol boosted his confidence further compared to Pocono because he raced competitively the entire day to make it to the top five without luck.
The Sprint Cup division this season encompasses some sensational rookies, including 12th-placed Chase Elliott and 20th placed Ryan Blaney in points. However, the 23-year-old Buescher became the first driver since 2011 to find Victory Lane, a feat last achieved by Trevor Bayne who ended up winning the 2011 Daytona 500. Buescher’s exceptional performance introduced remarkable achievements to Cup. He only lasted two full seasons in the circuit after which, a year ago, he bagged the NASCAR Xfinity Series title. He was only 16 in 2009 when he began his career to win 10 ARCA races in five seasons.
After winning Pocono, Buescher unexpectedly expressed his sentiments about NASCAR saying the season began with his team focused on making it to the Chase. However, as the years progressed, they realized he had to win races rather than depending on points. Such a decision materialized in Pocono after taking a huge risk. Bob Osborne (crew chief), along with his team, made the necessary adjustments to ensure they got lucky, honestly speaking, said Buescher. He added that the team will work extra hard not only to remain in the Chase, but also to fight for the championship.
The race at MIS on June 12 ended with Buescher finishing a distant position 20. As the Chase looms, he must up his speed on Sunday and the other subsequent races, which will be held at Richmond and Darlington. Since David Ragan became the first Front Row driver in 2011 to advance to the Chase, Buescher is also focused on achieving the same. According to his game plan, Buescher maintains that aggressiveness will earn him the points he requires by ensuring they save time during restarts and work hard on pit road. He added that efficiency will be the key factor during race weekends with the aim of gaining enough points without depending on needless gambles.