Chris Buescher
JTG Daugherty Racing
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The young driver was able to hold serve in many ways last season, and improve in some other areas. Buescher finished 24th in the final driver standings, which was one notch better than 2017's finish. However, he posted two fewer Top 10s along the way with a total of just two. Still, Buescher improved his qualifying pretty dramatically, and it showed in his average starting position numbers. He moved up nearly four spots on the grid with an average starting position of 21.6. That translated into slightly better average finishes as a result. Buescher and the No. 37 team came away with a pair of Top 5s in the two Daytona races, and really proved their mettle in the superspeedway side of things. He and crew chief, Trent Owens, will be paired together once again this season, and look to continue their growth in NASCAR's top division. Read Past Outlooks
10th-Place at Kansas Speedway
May 13, 2019
Buescher turned in one of his best performances of the season and finished 10th in the Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway Saturday night.
There was nothing fluky about this performance. Buescher raced among the leaders all evening at the Kansas oval and showed really good speed on the hectic restarts. He would lead 10 laps for the night late during stage 2. Buescher's 72 quality passes were tied with Chase Elliott for the race-high mark. After the final scramble to the finish he would cross the line 10th for his second Top 10 of the season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Season one at JTG Daugherty Racing had its ups and downs, but the talented youngster posted a career-best four Top-10 finishes last season with his new race team and achieved a respectable 21.4 average finish for the campaign. Buescher signed a multi-year deal with JTG and crew chief Trent Owens returns to guide the 25-year-old Texan. It's a situation set up to grow and succeed. It remains to be seen how much Buescher can improve in the upcoming season given the team's limits on resources, but Buescher's ability has a high ceiling. Of the drivers in the lower tier, he has some of the best growth potential and best upside. His 78 starts of experience in NASCAR's top level gives Buescher an edge on the other younger drivers in the series.
The talented youngster makes a team change this season. Buescher will move from Front Row Motorsports to JTG Daugherty Racing's new second team. He will pilot the No. 37 Chevrolet in his second full season of racing at NASCAR's top level. Buescher had a pretty good rookie campaign last season. He pulled out a surprise victory at Pocono Raceway in the mid-summer, and he nabbed two Top-10 finishes. On the strength of the win, Buescher made the Chase for the Cup and gave Front Row their first-ever berth in the NASCAR post-season. Now he'll look to give JTG's new team a good footing and help them to race competitively each week. The 2015 Xfinity Series champion has loads of talent and potential so this team has a lot of upside in the lower tier of drivers.
The reigning Xfinity Series champion gets the big promotion to the Sprint Cup Series in 2016. However, he won't be racing for a major team. Buescher takes over the No. 34 Ford of Front Row Motorsports and will race for Rookie of the Year honors this season. As a part of this deal, Roush Fenway Racing has formed a technical alliance with FRM to bolster the team's equipment and competitiveness. Buescher has been under the Roush umbrella for the past three years, so this move makes sense. It was the fastest and easiest way to get him into a Sprint Cup Series ride. However, many question marks remain, including who will be crew chief of this team. Despite Buescher's obvious talent there are enough variables here to cast some doubt on performance and consistency.
Buescher is a free agent driver in 2013. He is the 2012 ARCA Series champion and is focusing primarily on racing in that series.
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Fast Saturday Practice at ISM Raceway
March 9, 2019
Buescher was fastest in Saturday's first practice for the Ticket Guardian 500 at ISM Raceway. He turned a fast lap of 137.973 mph.
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Ninth-Place in Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500
February 25, 2019
Buescher had himself quite a day in Atlanta Sunday. The No. 37 team made big adjustments all day, and Buescher piloted the Chevrolet Camaro to a ninth-place finish in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, reports.
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FIfth-Place at Daytona
July 7, 2018
Buescher finished fifth in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway Saturday night.
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FIfth-Place at Daytona
February 18, 2018
Buescher finished fifth in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Sixth-Place in Pure Michigan 400
August 14, 2017
Buescher finished sixth in the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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