Rookie Chris Buescher Finishes 16th At Bristol Motor Speedway

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- After a season best finish of seventh at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2013, Chris Buescher headed to the World’s Fastest Half Mile with high hopes.  The Rookie of the Year contender began the Saturday in the 13th position and jumped up three spots during the first lap but a caution came out early and the No. 60 Ford EcoBoost Mustang was shuffled back on the first restart of the day. The Roush Fenway Racing driver wound up two laps down but was able to get caught up to speed towards the end of the race, and settled for a 16th place finish when the checkered flag waved.

“It was pretty decent,” Buescher said regarding his car. “We were a little bit tight right off the get-go and that got us behind.  We ended up two laps down, but these guys kept digging on it and got it a lot better.  The EcoBoost Ford Mustang was good there towards the end, but those restarts are just crazy.  I’m pretty happy with where we ended.  It’s good to know going into the next Bristol because I think we’ll have a good baseline right off the truck.”

Roush Fenway driver Trevor Bayne finished eighth, and rookie Ryan Reed ran in the top-15 for most of the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300, before a late-race accident relegated the team to 31st.

Photo via Twitter/@SunocoRacing

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