July 7th, 2018
For the diehard fans of Chris Buescher, this season has been one that has taken a few twists and turns. Having started the season in 10th place at the Can-Am Duels, then up 5 places at the Daytona opener, Buescher has seen a good bit of success on the track this year. For Buescher Nation, it is the season of growth. Like a strong oak tree (okay, lets go with mesquite tree since he IS from Texas) there is a bit of vulnerability mixed with a determination to stay strong and, sometimes, simply stay upright through the storms. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams found themselves back at Daytona International Speedway this past weekend for the Coke Zero Sugar 400. Buescher found himself back in the top 5 at the checkered flag.
Although he is considered one of NASCAR's "young guns", Buescher drove like a seasoned pro, matching his best finish of the season on Saturday night at Daytona, surviving multiple big wrecks and finishing fifth in his Kleenex Wet Wipes Camaro ZL1.
Like the rest of the drivers that finished the free-for-all, Buescher was part relieved and extremely happy for the finish, and the results. Buescher said, "It was a wild night overall, I'm just proud of everybody on our Kleenex Wet Wipes Camaro ZL1. We fought hard today and stayed out of trouble and were there at the end with our teammate AJ (Allmendinger). We got a good run on the outside, we were able to give (Erik) Jones a good shove down the back there and got him clear. We just couldn’t quite clear him. So, congrats to Jones on his first win."
"I'm proud of our operation and what we were able to accomplish today, and I'm excited to head to Kroger's headquarters in Cincinnati next weekend at Kentucky Speedway with a great finish behind us. I wish we could have lined up and tried to get it, but that’s always easy to say after Daytona (International Speedway) and it was a great day overall for our team and our organization.”
Buescher is looking forward to the race this weekend in Kentucky. Like his home track, Texas Motor Speedway, the Kentucky Speedway underwent a repave in recent times. Buescher likes the track and is expecting to give his fans a good show on Saturday night. "I enjoyed racing at Kentucky Speedway before the repave, but the repave has been pretty good for me," Buescher said. "I think we have had pretty good speed there since the repave, and I know we have speed in our 1.5-mile program. Because of that, I enjoy it more now. It’s a different racetrack with the two corners being so different there".
Buescher added, "It’s a unique racetrack and for that I give them props. I like going to places that are a little bit different. You look at all the 1.5-mile tracks and I like going somewhere that has character to it and different attributes. I think it makes it better for me. I like something that’s a little different and a challenge. Also, we've got Gain back on our 37 Camaro at Kentucky and we want to have a solid finish for them this weekend."
The Buescher Nation knows that his turn in Victory Lane is coming, its just a matter of time. Buescher would like it to be this weekend. "We had a good weekend at Daytona (International Speedway) last weekend, and I'm proud to be able to bring that to Kentucky Speedway and put on a good show for all of our friends and family there."
This week marks the first of our "Ask Chris" feature! Each week we will poll the fans to submit a question. Each question will be placed into the "Official" Bush Beans can and one lucky winner will have their question answered by our own Chris Buescher! To participate, simply "like" the Chris Buescher Diehards Fan page and look for the post each week. Or, email questions to email@example.com (be sure to put QUESTION FOR CHRIS in the subject line).
This week's winner was Candy from Cloquet, Mn. Her question was:
"How much do you work together and share information with your teammate AJ, and how important is it to have a teammate at the different tracks?"
According to Chris....
“AJ Allmendinger and I work really closely together every weekend and throughout the week leading up to the races. Our teams are constantly sharing data, and doing everything we can to get the most out of our Chevrolet Camaro ZL1s. I really enjoy working with AJ. We had a blast last season getting to know each other in our first year as teammates, and it’s only gotten stronger throughout this season. It’s important to have a teammate at every racetrack, but I definitely lean on him a lot when we go to the road courses to get some advice."
"He’s a great road course racer, and it’s been awesome for me to have that person to try and teach me the fine details to make our cars that much better than the rest of the field at road courses. Of course, having a teammate at superspeedways helps as well, as we saw this weekend in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway. AJ and I have a strategy of hanging together in the back to avoid any big wrecks, and it’s definitely paid off this season at Daytona and Talladega. AJ is just a blast to be around and I really enjoy having him as a teammate.”
Get your questions in today. We will draw again on Sunday.
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July 1, 2018
The sun blazed down on the track at Joliet, Illinois, as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series brought the big show to Chicagoland Speedway. For the team of the 37 car and driver, Chris Buescher, the day did not come without it's challenges. Along with several other teams, the 37 was found starting at the tail end of the pack after failing post qualifying inspections.
Chris Buescher and the No. 37 Kleenex Wet Wipes team advanced 17 spots from their starting position of 39th, finishing 22nd on Sunday at Chicagoland. With the temperatures inside the cars hitting the mid 150's, even being from Texas wasn't enough to keep it cool. The Prosper native found himself in the mid pack position during stages 1 and 2, often just shy of the top 20. "With the temperatures being as hot as they were, we were a little bit tight to start the race," Buescher said. "We had our work cut out for us from the start with our starting position in the Kleenex Wet Wipes Camaro ZL1, but the guys worked hard all weekend to make adjustments as the race went on and it allowed us to pass cars and finish 22nd."
Like the other “Young Guns” in the sport, Buescher searches each week for ways to improve, always striving for a win. Unlike many of the others, though, Buescher has his first win already under his belt, with that having occurred in August of 2016 at Pocono.
Along with celebrating the 4th of July as a newlywed, Buescher will be preparing for the next race, just a little out of the way race ...in Daytona. Buescher says “"I’m excited to get back to Daytona (International Speedway)" adding, "We had a really good showing there to start off the season in the Daytona 500 and I feel like it’s a place that we’ve been focusing on trying to work together with AJ (Allmendinger) and have a gentle clean Kleenex Wet Wipes Camaro ZL1 that we can race at the end. It’s going to be way hotter this time around, even though it's a night race. Kleenex was on the hood of our Camaro ZL1 for the Daytona 500, and we’ll go out there and see if we can get to the front and survive”.
Fans of Buescher are giving him the time he needs to learn and improve. They have no doubt that he will be competing for wins in the not too distant future. Buescher knows there is more to winning than meets the eye, saying “Drivers have taken it from a luck and guessing game to a definite skill set. I’m still learning a lot of that as we go, and every race we go and work to get a little bit better at that. Daytona was good to us in February, and I'm excited to get back and improve on that this weekend in the Coke Zero Sugar 400."
Buescher fans will be waiting, poised to wave their 37 flags high, proud of their driver no matter where he finishes.
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