AVONDALE, Ariz. (Nov. 8, 2020) – Closing the books on an eventful 2020 season, Chris Buescher battled to finish 20th in the final race of the season. The 28-year-old wrapped up his first season in the NASCAR Cup Series with Roush Fenway, where he scored two top-five and eight top-ten finishes.
Buescher began the day from the 31st position but quickly worked his No. 17 Fastenal Ford forward before damage to his right side caused the right rear tire to deflate. He was able to nurse the tire to the lap 30 competition caution, where he was scored 28th. Buescher would maintain his track position throughout the remainder of the first stage, finishing 29th.
The Fastenal Racing team was able to make needed adjustments to the Ford’s handling at the break, and Buescher again began to work his way forward through the field. Various pit strategies played out in the stage, and an ill-timed caution at lap 160 caught Buescher one lap down in 25th. He was able to get his lap back by waving around under the caution and would go on to finish the second stage in 26th.
Buescher’s team made quick work on the ensuing pit stop, picking up two positions under yellow. He would restart for the final stage of the 2020 season from the 24th position and steadily worked his way forward to a 20th-place finish in the season finale.
Chris Buescher – Phoenix Advance
Team: No. 17 Fastenal Ford Mustang
Crew Chief: Luke Lambert
Race Format: 312 laps, 312 miles, Stage Lengths: 75-115-122
Season Finale 500 – Sunday, Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN, SiriusXM Channel 90
Season Finale in Phoenix This Weekend
Buescher Historically at Phoenix
Luke Lambert Historically at Phoenix
Buescher on racing at Phoenix:
“There’s no doubt 2020 has been different and challenging at the same time, and that for sure applies to me and our 17 team. We’ve had an up and down ride this season, but have a great opportunity at another short track this weekend in Phoenix, and we’re looking forward to ending it on a good note in the Fastenal Ford.”
Last Time Out
Buescher finished 38th in Martinsville after being collected in an on-track incident.
Where They Rank
Buescher is 21st in driver standings through 35 events.
On the Car
Fastenal celebrates its 10th season with Roush Fenway Racing in 2020. The Minnesota company spent three years on the No. 99 before jumping to the No. 17 Cup Series entry, and were the primary partner on the No. 60 Xfinity team that captured the owner’s championship in 2011.
Thursday, Fastenal and Roush Fenway will have a special unveil looking ahead to 2021. Stay tuned to @roushfenway on social for further updates.
Fastenal [Nasdaq: FAST] is North America’s largest fastener distributor and a ‘one-stop’ source for hundreds of thousands of OEM, MRO and Construction products. With more than 2,600 stores worldwide, the company supports B2B customers with tailored local inventory and dedicated personnel, who visit regularly, quickly respond to emergency needs, and provide efficient inventory management solutions. Fastenal’s service-oriented business network includes the world’s largest industrial vending program, 14 regional distribution centers, 8 custom manufacturing facilities, thousands of delivery vehicles, and industry-leading sourcing, quality and engineering resources.