Cassill, Buscher talk about Food City 500 runs
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Landon Cassill stands on pit road at Daytona International Speedway in February.

By Dominic Aragon
April 18, 2016

Front Row Motorsports teammates Landon Cassill and Chris Buescher picked up lead lap finishes Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway, results that translated to gains in driver’s standings for both drivers.

Cassill, on a pit strategy, assumed the lead during the race’s seventh caution period on lap 262, leading for a total of 20 laps.

The 20 laps led was the fourth highest among the seven drivers to lead a lap in the race.

“Track position is so important,” he said. “We were good enough to keep it for a while, but we weren’t good enough to drive back up through there, but I don’t think anybody was. You just needed to have good track position all day, and we had it most of the day.”

Cassill’s 20 laps led was the most the driver has ever lead in a single event in the Sprint Cup Series. Sunday marked the first time in 47 races he led a lap in a race, dating back to Talladega in October of 2014.

Teammate and rookie-of-the-year contender Chris Buescher’s 21st place showing marked his best finish of the season.

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Chris Buescher's No. 34 Ford Fusion on track at Daytona International Speedway in February.
Additionally, the run was his first lead lap finish of 2016.

Buescher ran as high as eighth place, and talked about the race’s final restart.

“Lining up there at the end just got us,” he said. “We were 14th on the board and we were lined up 13th or 15th, I don’t really know, but things like that.

“This track is so line sensitive now and it’s so hard to pass that there’s not much we could do on the bottom on restarts, except try to get to the top and get rolling. It wasn’t bad. There’s a lot of hope there. We had a lot of speed there and it was fun racing.”

Cassill gained one position in points and sits 27th overall, 56 points behind the Chase cutoff.

Buescher climbed three position in points and sits 33rd overall heading into Richmond. He sits 92 points behind Ryan Newman, who holds the final Chase-eligible position.

Which driver will finish higher at Richmond next week?
Chris Buescher
Landon Cassill
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