Chris Buescher

Chris Buescher

31-Year-Old Driver  
Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing
Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing
2024 Fantasy Outlook
The biggest surprise driver and the one no one saw coming in 2023 was Buescher and his No. 17 Ford team. The Roush Fenway Keselowski veteran put it all together last season and posted a career-best campaign of three wins and 17 Top-10 finishes, all career highs with a shocking seventh-place finish in the final driver standings. Those marks far outshone anything Buescher had done in his prior eight seasons of racing in the NASCAR Cup Series. What next for an encore? Try to hold onto those gains and maybe build on them. What Buescher did last season was titanic leap in performance and hard to imagine increasing much going forward. So we're taking the position of "hold the line" with this driver and team. We may even see some slight regression as that is more likely than growth. Still, Buescher showed he could be strong on all types of tracks, so his versatility is very impressive. Read Past Outlooks
Fifth-Place in Ally 400
NASCAR Cup
June 30, 2024
Buescher finished fifth in the Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville Superspeedway Sunday afternoon.
ANALYSIS
The driver of the No. 17 Ford stayed on his recent roll with another good finish at Nashville Superspeedway Sunday. Buescher started ninth on the grid and raced inside the Top 10 for much of the 400-miles. That good track position and good fuel management would work out well late. The multiple overtimes would thin out the leaders as some drivers would have to pit for fuel. Buescher would hold strong and earn his fifth Top 5 of the season and third in the last four races.
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Buescher had by a lot of measures a career-best season in 2022. The Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing veteran out-performed his teammate, Brad Keselowski, and drove to one win and 10 Top-10 finishes. The average finish of 17.9 was similar to other recent seasons for Buescher, but when he was on, he nabbed Top-10 and Top-15 finishes. It all added up to a 21st-place finish in the point standings for the driver of the No. 17 Ford. Buescher and the team will return mostly unchanged for the 2023 campaign. Scott Graves remains in command of the crew chief position and the two will look to build on what was a very solid and positive season last year. Buescher's prime tracks were short tracks and road circuits last season. Bristol yielded the lone win and the many road courses were good events for this driver and team. That's a note to remember in weekly lineup fantasy leagues in 2023.
The 29-year-old veteran had another dependable and consistent season of racing last year. The Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing driver tied a career-best with eight Top 10's last season and set a respectable mark of 19th-place in the final driver point standings. Buescher was consistent and dependable in laying down a career-best 17.3 average finish mark. While it wasn't spectacular by any stretch of the imagination, it was good enough to please most everyone involved and provide something to build on for Buescher heading into a contract season of 2022. He'll once again be paired with crew chief Scott Graves as the two look to solve the new Next-Gen race car together. Intermediate ovals were this team's true strength last season, and that's great news heading into a new season. Buescher limited his DNF's to just 4 last year, and that's performance that comes in handy in deeper fantasy racing leagues.
Buescher had as solid and dependable a season as one could expect for a driver in the middle tier of the Cup Series driver field. He posted a career-best eight Top-10 finishes in 2020, but only managed a 21st-place finish in the final driver standings. A little bit of inconsistency in the stretch run of last season is much of the reason for the lackluster points finish. However, there are many positives to point to with this driver and team. Buescher soundly ran circles around his Roush Fenway Racing teammate, Ryan Newman. That alone speaks volumes of his ability as a driver. The 28-year-old Texan will once again be paired with crew chief Luke Lambert at the No. 17 Ford team and they will look to up their performance another notch or two. Buescher's driving ability is undeniable, and he tends to flourish on the superspeedways. However, the team does have its limitations and it's best to temper your expectations accordingly.
Late last season saw Buescher thick in the middle of the silly season shuffle. He essentially swapped teams with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and will now race in the No. 17 Ford at Roush Fenway Racing. He will be paired with crew chief Luke Lambert and two will look to resurrect this slumping race team. Buescher had a very steady 2019 campaign at his old team, JTG Daugherty Racing. The journeyman driver nabbed four Top-10 and 12 Top-15 finishes en route to a 20th-place standings finish. He managed a career-best 17.8 average finish last season and that was due largely to his weekly consistency and low DNF total (4) across the 36-race season. Buescher will have to start from scratch in more ways than one in 2020, but he is a talented driver and this is a capable race team. How quickly he and Lambert develop communication and chemistry will be key in season-long performance.
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.
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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Fifth-Place in USA Today 301
NASCAR Cup
June 23, 2024
Buescher finished fifth in the USA Today 301 NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Third-Place in Toyota/Save Mart 350
NASCAR Cup
June 9, 2024
Buescher finished third in the Toyota / Save Mart 350 NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway Sunday afternoon.
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Third at North Wilkesboro
NASCAR Cup
May 19, 2024
Buescher finished third in the NASCAR All-Star Race at North Wilkesboro Speedway Sunday night.
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Comes so close to first win of 2024
NASCAR Cup
May 5, 2024
Buescher finished second to Kyle Larson by 0.001 seconds in Sunday's AdventHealth 400 at Kansas Speedway.
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Runner-up Finish in Phoenix
NASCAR Cup
March 10, 2024
Buescher finished second in the Shriners Children's 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway Sunday afternoon.
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