Buescher Finishes Sixth at Kansas Speedway
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Oct. 17, 2015) – Roush Fenway Racing’s Chris Buescher earned his 20th top-10 result of the 2015 season, with a sixth-place finish in Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR XFINITY Series at Kansas Speedway. The top-10 finish kept the driver of the No. 60 AdvoCare Ford Mustang solidly in the lead of the driver point standings with three races remaining.
“This is a place where we’ve had speed several times and I just haven’t been able to get it done,” said Buescher. “It’s kind of like Darlington. It’s my favorite race track, but we couldn’t get the finishes and finally did this year. That’s been the name of the game – consistency. We need to go out here and we need to knock down these top-fives. When you look at the points battle, they can get one or two points a weekend but that’s just not going cut it in the end.”
Buescher closed out Friday’s two practice sessions in first and second, respectively. Qualifying on Saturday afternoon netted the team a fourth place starting position. At the drop of the green flag, Buescher informed the team that he spun his tires. That combined with an aggressive three-wide start by his competitors dropped Buescher back to seventh on Lap 1.
As the run progressed, Buescher was able to make up the lost ground, advancing his Mustang to third by Lap 22. When the caution came out on Lap 44, Buescher radioed to crew chief Scott Graves that his Mustang was good, but just a touch free.
Buescher came down pit road under caution on Lap 47 for four tires, fuel and a small track bar adjustment. The team was hit with a pit road speeding penalty, forcing Buescher to line up 14th for the restart.
During the middle portion of the race, Buescher worked to make up the lost ground. By the halfway point of the event, Buescher found himself in sixth. When the caution flew on Lap 115, Buescher told the team he was happy with the handling of his AdvoCare Ford Mustang. He visited pit road for four tires, fuel and no adjustments, lining up fifth for the restart on Lap 120.
Buescher spent the remainder of the race battling for position inside the top-five. When the race was pushed into overtime, the No. 60 Mustang lined up fifth for the green-white-checker finish. Buescher ultimately crossed the finish line in sixth.
With the result, Buescher maintains a 27 point lead over second place in the point standings as the series has two off weekends before traveling to Buescher’s home track of Texas Motor Speedway.
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