No time to celebrate: Buescher and team focused on making Chase
By Tyler Head
Watkins Glen - Ask Chris Buescher about winning the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono last week and he’ll be quick to say it was “a pretty awesome weekend,” but his team hasn’t had time to stop and celebrate.
“I don’t think it has yet, “Buescher said Friday morning at Watkins Glen International when asked if the win had set in, “Just because of how busy we have stayed. I really haven’t had time to just relax and settle in yet.”
What has set in, and the reason the team has been so busy, is the need to perform. Yesterday.
Buescher and his No. 34 team have a win in their pocket, but he is currently outside the top-30 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver standings; if Buescher is going to be part of this year’s Chase for the Championship, he’ll need to work his way inside the top-30.
Even though they have a hole to dig out of, Buescher says he’s confident his team has the speed it needs.
“We really shouldn’t have been out of it,” Buescher said. “It has just been some circumstances that have gotten us a little off track.”
Entering this weekend’s Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen, Buescher sits six points behind 30th place David Ragan. A good run at The Glen Sunday would go a long way towards closing the gap.
With this in mind, Buescher joined several Ford drivers earlier this week at a road course racing school in Utah.
“Those BOSS 302 Mustangs are not going to drive like a stock car,” Buescher said, “but at the same time they have lot of different characteristics that are exaggerated of what we would usually feel so you can adjust and figure things out that will play over to this side.”
Meanwhile his team is working double time to get cars ready for a final push to the Chase.
“They are hustling and working extremely hard to make sure we make this Chase,” Buescher said, adding with confidence, “We are going to get there.”
Buescher isn’t lacking confidence, but time is a different story. He has just five races to work his way into the top-30.