Buescher: “That looked
like our opportunity”
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Chris Buescher celebrates his victory in Saturday's Buckle Up 200 at Dover International Speedway.
DOVER, Del.—Chris Buescher’s tank had enough fuel to capture Saturday’s Buckle Up 200 at Dover International Speedway, but his victory came at the cost of a controversial pass on teammate Darrell Wallace Jr.
Buescher, who stretched his final tank of gas 98 laps, slid up into Wallace Jr. with ten laps to go, giving the No. 6 car a left front tire rub. Wallace Jr. had to pit eventually finishing 17th.
“That looked like our opportunity and we had a good run up off the corner and figured we could run hard for a lap or two and not worry about fuel,” Buescher said post-race. “But, I just [got] underneath it there and we were really late into a tire run and fuel run and it just got a little free on the bottom and didn’t have much air on the right side. Other than that, we will talk about it. We are heading to the same place right now so we will get it all straightened out.”
Buescher’s latest win extends his point lead to 15 over Ty Dillon, who finished eighth.
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Darrell Wallace Jr. poses for pictures after winning the Coors Light Pole Award Saturday at Dover International Raceway.
Wallace Jr., who led 52 laps Saturday, voiced his displeasure with the way his teammate raced him.
“I was saving fuel there and Chris just ran over me and he ends up winning,” he said. “It should be interesting Monday morning. We just got run over. It sucks that it was my teammate.”
Wallace Jr. fell to fifth in points proceeding Dover, snapping a streak two consecutive races with a top-ten finish and three consecutive with a lead lap finish.
Wallace Jr. commented post-race how he might deal with the situation.
“I have been racing with Chris a lot so I don’t know. I might phone call into the Monday morning meeting. We will see”
THROUGH THE FIELD
On lap 64, the caution flag flew for a crash involving Ryan Blaney and Brian Scott, which also collected Jamie Dick.
On the final restart, Matt Kenseth, on a different strategy than the rest of the field after having a loose wheel earlier in the race, took point on the field. Kenseth stayed out while the rest of the field pitted. He took a commanding lead over teammate Erik Jones until 47 laps to go, when he pitted from the lead.
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Regan Smith at Dover International Raceway.
Pit stops cycled through 30 laps later, with leaders such as Jones and Regan Smith pitting around 20 to go, giving the lead to Wallace Jr., with Buescher close behind. Jones received a speeding penalty, and after leading the most laps, had to settle for a 9th place finish, 1 lap down.
Smith took home the $100,000 prize for being the highest finishing driver racing for the XFINITY “Dash 4 Cash”, finishing ahead of the three other eligible drivers Ty Dillon, Wallace Jr., and Daniel Suarez. The four drivers eligible for the next Dash 4 Cash at Indianapolis are Buescher, Smith, Chase Elliott, and Brendan Gaughan.