HAMPTON, Ga. and CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Story by Race Chaser Online Mid-Atlantic Correspondent Marshall Gabell – Kevin Cox/Getty Images North America photo –
What a difference a season makes.
For sophomore driver Chris Buescher, that difference has been huge in his developing career with Roush Fenway Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
Buescher, 22, entered his first full-time season in the XFINITY Series in 2014 and immediately encountered some setbacks – including at Daytona International Speedway when time trials were washed out due to rain, preventing him from qualifying for the season opener.
However, the Prosper, Texas native did not let that impede his progress during his rookie season as he went on to score his first-career win in the XFINITY Series at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course along with five other top five finishes throughout the 2014 season.
Now, with a full season under his belt, the former ARCA Racing Series champion is showcasing his progress and development after opening his 2015 campaign with two top five results.
Despite it being just his second time at the World Center of Racing, Buescher competed like a veteran last weekend after pushing his teammate Ryan Reed to the win and earning a runner-up finish.
Just a week removed from the second place result, Buescher entered the second race on the 2015 calendar at Atlanta Motor Speedway and continued to impress after scoring a fourth place finish, his first top five result at the challenging 1.5-mile circuit.
“This has been a great way to start our season,” Buescher explained. “I’m so proud of these guys. We’ve got a lot more to prove this year, but it’s been a really good start. Daytona was much better than last year and we’ve made pretty big progress on Atlanta. I’m looking forward to our west coast swing and hopefully we can get a couple spot improvements.”
With all the struggles of last season behind him, Buescher is able to breathe easier now as he feels his organization is turning the corner and setting sights on a great season.
“I’m just so proud of my guys,” Buescher expressed. “We went through a lot last year and between missing Daytona and coming back this year to finish second and getting our Fastenal Ford Mustang in the top five this week are pretty awesome.”
Following the two successful weeks, Buescher sits tied atop the points standings with fellow NXS sophomore Ty Dillon heading into Las Vegas Motor Speedway next weekend, the first time he has led the standings during his short career.