Maiden Sprint Cup win for Chris Buescher in fog-shortened Pennsylvania 400
Chris Buescher (Front Row Motorsport) scores his maiden NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory today at Pocono Raceway in the fog-shorted Pennsylvania 400. The race, which was rescheduled from Sunday to Monday due to rain, was red-flagged after 138 of planned 160 laps. Drivers were waiting in the pit lane for an hour and 16 minutes before the rain returned and the race was called, so Chris Buescher was declared winner.
Sprint Cup rookie Chris Buescher took the lead at 2.5-mile Tricky Triangle on Lap 127 when race leader Austin Dillon pitted. With 22 laps to go, the fog forced officials to stop the race and it helped Buescher to enter the Victory Lane for the first time. It was also the first victory for Front Row Motorsports in 118 races (since Ragan’s win at Talladega in 2013).
Regan Smith finished second at Pocono Raceway, ahead of Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart. Positions from P6 to P10 were taken by Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch.
With his maiden victory, Buescher moved up in the standings but still isn’t eligible to enter the upcoming Chase for the Sprint Cup. Buescher must be within the Top 30 in the points after the regular season.
The next round of the 2016 Sprint Cup Series is scheduled for Sunday, August 8, at Watkins Glen.