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NASCAR: Chris Buescher in Roush Fenway Mustang Cinches Xfinity Series Title
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Chris Buescher registered his first NASCAR XFINITY Series championship today, giving Ford Performance a sweep of both major championships after Team Penske clinched the owners’ title two weeks ago at Texas Motor Speedway.
None of his closest back marker’s could mount a serious challenge for the victory in Saturday's Ford EcoBoost 300 at the Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. In fact, Buescher, title runner-up Chase Elliott and fellow contenders Ty Dillion and Regan Smith all went a lap down to race winner Kyle Larson during a long green-flag run in the middle of the race. Ultimately, Buescher got a free pass back to the lead lap and finished 11th, leaving him with a 15-point edge in the standings over Elliott, the defending series champion, and 18 over third-place Dillon, who finished seventh on Saturday. With no real pressure from his competition, and with 18 points in hand entering the race, Buescher's primary task was to keep his No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford out of trouble, and the 23-year-old Texan did exactly that. “
“Our Fastenal Mustang had good speed in it. We just had to be careful out there… It's pretty amazing to be in this position."
Keeping his desire to race for victories in check, however, has been a difficult proposition for the young champion.
"I am not a points racer," Buescher said. "I don't like it. It's not the most fun way to run the last 10 races of the season, but it is important.
"This is what we have been fighting for since February at Daytona, and these guys (the team) have done such a great job and stuck in there with us all year and had no mechanical failures or DNFs. It's a huge accomplishment for our team."
Jack Roush the car owner of the number 60 Fastenal Ford Mustang on the significance of the win had to say, “It has been a great year for us. I am recovering from a cold so I apologize for being a little hoarse. The way the championships worked out in traditional fashion before the Chase was introduced to the Cup series you had to win the races when you can and minimalize the points lost on a day when you can’t be your best.
Unlike the Sprint series where it is a focus on winning races and you don’t have to worry so much about giving up on a bad day. Chris was on his game this year with Scott Graves as his crew chief and he was on his game. They managed to win two races and managed not to give up points on days they weren’t their best.
That is what got us to this point. I think I have been in the XFINITY series for 25 years. I have been in the Cup series for 28 years. The third year in the Cup series we started racing XFINITY cars. It is a good series for drivers to establish themselves and earn a right of passage into the Sprint Cup and we have enjoyed a number of rookies there and a lot of success with our drivers in that series as well as the Truck series and we have won two championships in the Cup series as well.”