AVONDALE, Ariz. (Nov. 7, 2021) – In the final race of the 2021 season Sunday at Phoenix Raceway, Chris Buescher drove his Fastenal Ford Mustang to a 25th-place finish.
A rare qualifying session Saturday afternoon put Buescher 26th on the speed charts for Sunday’s 312-lap race. Despite a decent amount of cautions throughout the afternoon, they mostly fell at inopportune times for Buescher, who was unable to battle back from going a lap down early.
He would finish the opening 75-lap stage in 25th as the team worked on his handling in the No. 17 Ford. Buescher went on to finish 25th for stage two, a segment where he was able to get the free pass and get back to one lap down.
He was in the same position late for the free pass, but a cycle of green-flag stops began just laps before a caution flag, ultimately trapping him laps down again with others receiving the free pass. The race’s final restart came with 24 to go as Buescher finished the afternoon 25th.
Team: No. 17 Fastenal Ford Mustang
Crew Chief: Scott Graves
Race Format: 312 miles, 312 laps, Stages: 75-115-122
NASCAR Cup Series Practice – Friday, Nov. 5 at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, NBC Sports App
NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying – Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. ET on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold
NASCAR Cup Series Championship – Sunday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN, SiriusXM Channel 90
Buescher at Phoenix Raceway
Scott Graves at Phoenix Raceway
Buescher on racing at Phoenix:
“Phoenix is a tricky little place and it’s changed so much over the years with the reconfiguration, and just the fact that holding a Championship race there, varying scenarios are bound to play out. We’re on a pretty good string here of performing well lately so it’s time to close it out on an even higher note. We’re ready for a full weekend in the Fastenal Ford Mustang.”
Last Time Out
Buescher powered through for a ninth-place run a week ago at Martinsville for his third top-10 in five races, and eighth overall of 2021.
On the Car
Fastenal returns to the fold at Roush Fenway for its 11th season in 2021. They 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.
Fastenal will feature top suppliers Loctite, Ansell, Rustoleum, Streamlight and Portacool on Buescher’s Mustang as he competes this weekend. For more information on these suppliers, visit Fastenal.com, and stay up-do-date on social @FastenalRacing, @Fastenal.
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