Chris Buescher is one of the talented young racing drivers who have the ambition to conquer the world of the NASCAR.
He currently competes in the NASCAR Cup Series with JTG Daugherty Racing. He was full-time driver in the Cup Series since 2016, a year after he won the 2015 Xfinity Series title.
Beginning of the career
Christopher William Buscher was born in October 1992, in the small town of Prosper, Texas. When he was six years of age, Chris started racing motorcycles until the age of nine. After that, Buescher spent three years racing around the Texas in Bandolero Series before winning the Nationals in 2004.
It was clear that the kid has potential and in 2005 Buescher traveled to Charlotte for the Summer Shootout. He spent that summer racing around the east coast racing in the Legends Car Series. That journey was very successful as Chris triumphed at 22 tracks but he still had to wait for his chance to break to the higher level.
Notable results in the ARCA Series
In 2009 Buescher signed with Roush Fenway Racing as a development driver and made a part-time debut in the ARCA Series driving for Roulo Bros Racing team. The results were pretty good as Chris became the youngest pole winner in the history of the series. He started in only seven races but scored five finishes in top 5.
The following year was better. Buescher remained with the same team driving a #17 Ford and won two out of eight races, both at Toledo Speedway. In addition to the victories, Chris also claimed three top 5 and five top 10 finishes.
NASCAR Series debut and ARCA Series champion
In 2011, his first full-time season in the ARCA series, Chris won three races and had 14 top 5 places what was enough to collect Rookie of the Year Award. He also made his first two starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, finishing 17th at both Richmond and Darlington.
Buescher focused solely to the ARCA Series in 2012 what proved to be a good decision. He won the title with four wins, twelve top 5 and sixteen top 10 finishes.
Buescher’s rise in the NASCAR was quick
Buescher had seven starts in the Nationwide Series in 2013 and again proved that he has plenty to offer. The best results were 7th place at both Bristol and Michigan what was enough to secure him a full-time racing in the following year.
Chris entered the season of 2014 driving a Roush Fenway’s Ford #60 in the Xfinity Series. His form was very good and stable throughout the most of the year, so it wasn’t a surprise when he finished 7th overall. Buescher also scored his maiden win in the series az Mid-Ohio.
2015 - Xfinity Series champion
The meteoric rise continued in 2015 when Buescher was crowned as the Xfinity Series champion. It was a very tight season in which Chris scored only two wins, at Iowa and Dover, but had many top 5 and top 10 finishes.
Before the last race of the season at Homestead, four drivers had a chance to win the title but Buescher was considered as a favorite. Chris with a bit of luck finished 11th in the race what was enough to hold off Chase Elliott, Ty Dillon, and Regan Smith, to grab the championship title.
Chris Buescher makes Sprint Cup debut
In the year in he won the title, Buescher also made a debut in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving a Front Row Motorsports’ Ford #34. He made six starts but scored only one finish in top 20, at Fontana.
Maiden Cup Series victory in a rookie season
Driving the same car in 2016, Buescher competed full-time in the Cup. His talent was obvious but he lacked the experience to drive in the constant form. However, Chris scored his maiden win in the series at Pocono Raceway and later finished 5th at Bristol Motor Speedway what were the highlights of his first full-time season in the highest rank of the NASCAR in which Buescher was the first rookie to qualify for the Chase since Denny Hamlin in 2006.
For the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series season, Buescher switched to JTG Daugherty Racing to drive the #37 Chevrolet. He scored four top 10 results to finish 25th in the final standings. A year later, he was 24th in the points with just two results in the top 10, including fifth place at Daytona 500.