HAMPTON, Ga. (March 21, 2021) – Chris Buescher and the No. 17 Fastenal Ford team secured their first top-10 finish of the season Sunday afternoon with a strong seventh-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway. After starting 17th, Buescher quickly made his way into the field’s top 10, where he ran virtually the entire race - scoring stage finishes of 9th and 8th to pick up four valuable stage points.
Buescher rolled off the grid 17th, but quickly worked his way up to 12th by lap 7. When the competition caution flag waved at lap 25, the team visited pit road for four tires and fuel along with a packer and air pressure adjustment. The driver restarted 15th on the bottom lane but shifted back to 18th with reports of a tight Ford Mustang. After fighting back to 15th, the team pitted under green for four tires and fuel to get back on track in 12th. With 30 to go, Buescher maneuvered his way into the top-10 and took the green-white checkered flag in ninth, earning a pair of stage points.
At the stage break, the team pitted for four tires, fuel and tape to restart seventh. Shortly after the field took the green, the caution flag waved after a spin in front. After reconfiguring starting order, Buescher fired off 12th and drove right into the top-10. By lap 139, the driver was up to eighth and maintaining track position. Another fast green flag pit stop at lap 160 got Buescher back on track in ninth. When green flag pit stops cycled through, the team settled into eighth, where they ultimately finished the stage. Buescher also scooped up two more stage points with his finish.
The Prosper, Texas native drove down pit road for four tires and fuel and restarted ninth for the final stage of racing in Georgia. The driver pitted with a caution at lap 219 for fresh tires and fuel. After restarting ninth, Buescher wasted no time working his way through the field. He even passed teammate Ryan Newman for eighth at lap 235. By Lap 245, the driver was running seventh and stayed there until pitting one last time under green. When the pit cycle finished, he was up ninth but worked his way back into seventh with 15 to go. Buescher ultimately took the checkered flag in seventh, earning a solid top-10 finish.
LAS VEGAS (March 7, 2021) – Chris Buescher drove his Fastenal Ford Mustang to a solid 14th-place finish Sunday afternoon at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Buescher rolled off the grid 18th but was shuffled back to 21st just seven laps into the race. Reporting a tight Ford Mustang, the driver pitted at the competition caution for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. Buescher worked his way up to 15th when a caution at lap 46 waved for debris. The team elected to pit again under the caution for four tires, fuel and adjustments. The stop helped Buescher maintain track position as he took the green-white checkered flag for stage one in 15th.
The team visited pit road at the stage break for fresh tires, fuel and a small adjustment. After restarting 21st, Buescher remained quiet on the radio and drove his way up to 19th, right behind teammate Ryan Newman. The stage ran caution-free, and the team pitted for fuel, tires and a track bar adjustment at lap 124 under green. Pit stops cycled through and Buescher settled into the 22nd position before gaining three more positions to finish the stage in 19th.
At the stage break, the team pitted for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. Buescher restarted 15th, but reported a vibration in his car. Just a few laps later, the caution flag flew, giving the No. 17 team the chance to pit for fresh tires to address the vibration. Buescher had settled into the 21st position when another caution for debris came out shortly after. The team stayed out under yellow and fired off 11th at the next restart. At lap 220, Buescher visited pit road from the 18th position for a scheduled green flag pit stop for fuel and tires. He then gained four spots after driving up through traffic to finish 14th.
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