Buescher : '(The Cup drivers) are really aggressive ... I need to learn from that' BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Every outing is a learning experience for NASCAR XFINITY Series point leader Chris Buescher . Saturday’s Great Clips 250 benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America at Michigan International Speedway was no different. In a race that saw Sprint Cup Series regular Kyle Busch return to Victory Lane and defending XFINITY Series champion Chase Elliott finish second, Buescher had to fight to regain ground lost late in the season’s 13th race. “It was one of those days where we just lost a lot of momentum on restarts, and that’s on me,” the Roush Fenway Racing driver said after battling back to finish fourth at MIS and speaking briefly with team co-owner Jack Roush. “I’ve got to get better. “You bring all these Cup guys in and they’re really aggressive and they know how to do it and I need to learn from that. I need to figure out what they’re doing better than I am.” Buescher battles back for fourth-place finish at Michigan Buescher led twice for 23 laps in the 125-lap race. He inherited the lead on Lap 94 when then-leader Joey Logano and a handful of others hit pit road for fuel under caution. He held the top spot until Logano’s Team Penske Ford shot between Buescher and Busch to regain top spot on Lap 106. Although he slipped back several positions, additional restarts and a fast car enabled Buescher to pick his way back through the field. But the winner of two of the past three races prior to Michigan couldn’t pull off the comeback. “A lot of (what you learn) is just where to position yourself,” he said. “The outside had a huge advantage. When we were leading there, I let the 54 (of Busch) get to the outside of me. That’s on me. I didn’t need to let that happen. I’m not a fan of blocking, I think it’s part of it; you have to do a little bit of it to salvage these restarts.” Contact between Logano and Kevin Harvick in the closing laps allowed Elliott to move to the point and Busch to second. With three laps remaining, Busch powered his way into the lead. Buescher didn’t know if he’d have enough time to make a run at the leader as the laps wound down, noting “I knew it’d be close.” But he enjoyed having the car under him that at least gave him a chance. “I told the guys with about 25 to go that this was fun,” Buescher said. “This is how we need to show up to the races each week. “It was awesome and they did a heck of a job and it is a great points day but I really wish we had a chance to run for the win there.” Buescher now leads Ty Dillon (who finished 13th at Michigan) by 25 points. Elliott, Regan Smith and Darrell Wallace round out the top five. The series now moves to Chicagoland Speedway for the June 20th event under the lights at the 1.5-mile track. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Darrell Wallace Jr. gets loose and spins out in the backstretch bringing out the second caution of the race on Lap 97, Wallace's teammate Chris Buescher benefits from the caution, putting him back on the lead lap at Chicagoland Speedway.
Fans, drivers have chance to win $100,000 RELATED: 100,000 reasons to win " Learn more about Dash 4 Cash CONCORD, N.C. -- Roush Fenway Racing 's Chris Buescher picked up his second win in the NASCAR XFINITY Series last weekend at Iowa Speedway and took over the series points lead, but he said Thursday the only regret he had from the performance was that it didn't come this week in the Dash 4 Cash qualifier. Saturday's Hisense 300 (2:30 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, Sirius XM) at Charlotte Motor Speedway marks the first step in the 2015 Dash 4 Cash as Buescher and other drivers who are eligible for XFINITY Series points will get a chance to race into the program's opener next weekend at Dover International Speedway . The Dash 4 Cash is a yearly contest that sparks excitement in the form of a $100,000 paycheck to the highest-finishing eligible driver in four select XFINITY Series races. This year's Dash 4 Cash includes races next week at Dover, July 25 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway , Aug. 21 at Bristol Motor Speedway and Sept. 5 at Darlington Raceway . "I love short track racing and to have Dover and Darlington and Bristol in there is awesome, because those are three of my top five race tracks," Buescher said. "If we're fortunate enough to qualify in for it, I think the red banner on the windshield and the spoiler will match our paint scheme quite nicely." Yes, the red banner and spoiler on Dash 4 Cash-eligible cars will replace the blue ones that were used last year when Nationwide ran the show. But that isn't the only change Comcast made since taking over the program. The qualifier race is new to Charlotte, as is the finale at Darlington -- last year's finale at Iowa was won by Trevor Bayne -- and the inclusion of Dover and Bristol is also a change. Plus, the schedule is more spread out than usual, allowing Bristol and Darlington to get into the mix. But what remains the same is that fans can enter the NASCAR XFINITY Series $100,000 Sweepstakes at www.nascar.com/Dash4Cash for a chance to take home their own stack of cash if they are paired up with the winning driver at Darlington. "There's a lot of hype around it and it's cool for fan engagement and for the drivers to try and put a little extra pressure on themselves and our teams," Buescher said of the Dash 4 Cash. "It's going to be a little bit more spread out this year, which I think is a good thing. I think it gives a little more time to prepare and plan for it." First, drivers like Buescher need to qualify for the event and that means finishing in the top four among eligible drivers on Saturday. Buescher admitted that will be a tough task, because he said the track at Charlotte changes a lot throughout the weekend. Buescher has had two top-10 finishes in his three XFINITY Series starts at Charlotte, and even though it's a small sample size, it's something to build on for the 22-year-old Texas native. Plus, since he's coming to Charlotte fresh off the win in Iowa, he said he's feeling pretty confident about his chances. "It's been a good start to the season for us, for sure," Buescher said. "We've had new people on board this year, new teammates in Elliott (Sadler) and Bubba (Wallace). I feel like it's coming together quite nicely this year. We have race cars that are coming to the race track a lot quicker than they were at the beginning of last year at this point in time, and we're in a much better points position not missing Daytona for sure and being able to get a win early in the season." It's worth something, in more ways than one, to see if Buescher can carry that momentum into Saturday. For more information on the Dash 4 Cash, go to http://www.nascar.com/dash4cash.html . FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Roush Fenway driver conserved fuel for 'Monster Mile' victory RELATED: Final results DOVER, Del. -- Chris Buescher had enough fuel left at the end of Saturday's Buckle Up 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Dover International Speedway to do a celebratory burnout, but his No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford wasn't the only thing that was smoking after the checkered flag. Yes, Buescher won for the second time this season and extended his lead in the series standings to 15 points over eighth-place finisher Ty Dillon , but his winning pass of teammate and Coors Light Polesitter Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. left Wallace fuming. Contact between the cars on Lap 191 of 200 cut the left front tire of Wallace’s No. 6 Ford and forced the car to pit road for an unplanned stop. While Buescher spent the final nine laps coasting to an 11.477-second victory over runner-up Matt Kenseth , stretching 98 laps out of his last tank of fuel, Wallace left the Monster Mile in 17th place -- and understandably unhappy about it. "I was saving fuel there, and Chris just ran over me and he ends up winning," Wallace said. "It should be interesting Monday morning (in the team competition meeting). We just got run over. It sucks that it was my teammate. I thought he got help from the 7 (third-place finisher Regan Smith ), but I just saw the replay there. "I was saving fuel. I didn’t think I was holding him tight and the next thing you know we’re almost in the fence," continued Wallace, a NASCAR Next and Drive for Diversity alum. "The crappy part about it is we had a really strong Ford EcoBoost Mustang, and we couldn’t get off pit road to save us, and we got caught in dirty air, and then we were in fuel saving mode. I thought we were doing OK until that little incident. I would say I am happy Roush won but I’m not." MORE: Tension rises with Roush on-track contact The victory was Buescher's third in the series and his second in the last three races. The winner pointed out that his teammate, who also was on fuel-conservation strategy, was running a slower pace when Buescher caught him. "That was tough, because we are sitting there, and he was saving a lot more fuel than I was because they were shorter, and I was able to run into the corner harder, but I couldn’t do anything with the track being pretty narrow and two guys racing for the win," Buescher said. "It was tough. We got side by side and it ( Buescher's car) got pretty free, but this Roush Mustang was good all weekend. The race wasn't exactly where we needed to be, but then (crew chief) Scott (Graves) pulled great strategy and the team did a nice job, and we got to Victory Lane with this Ford." As the highest finisher among eligible series regulars, Regan Smith , who thought he was racing Kenseth for the win before Buescher's fuel strategy paid off, won the $100,000 XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash bonus. MORE: Smith wins first XFINITY Dash 4 Cash bonus "We'll take some of XFINITY ’s money as a consolation prize, but I want a win so freaking bad," Smith said. Buescher , Smith, sixth-place finisher Chase Elliott and seventh-place Brendan Gaughan are the four drivers eligible for the money in the second of four Dash 4 Cash races on July 25 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway . Note: Sprint Cup regulars Austin Dillon and Kasey Kahne finished fourth and fifth, respectively, but in post-race inspection, Dillon's car was deemed too low in the rear on both sides. If penalties are forthcoming, NASCAR will announce them next week. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Monster Mile race winner hopes to find common ground with Wallace Jr. MORE: Bubba on Buescher : 'We're not shaking hands yet' " See what happened late at Dover Three days after ruffling feelings and fenders in his NASCAR XFINITY Series victory last weekend, Chris Buescher said Tuesday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that the raw emotions between himself and teammate Darrell Wallace Jr . still need time to cool before the two drivers see eye to eye. Buescher , appearing on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's "Tradin' Paint" program, said that late-race contact between the two at Dover International Speedway made for an unusual team meeting earlier this week at Roush Fenway Racing . "I don't know if awkward's the word," Buescher said, "but obviously not as smooth as we'd want it to go." Buescher and Wallace -- both racing on similar pit-stop and fuel conservation strategies -- bumped twice as they contested the lead with nine laps remaining in Saturday's Buckle Up 200. Buescher drove away after the contact to score his second XFINITY win of the season, but pole-starter Wallace slowed with a flat tire and faded to a 17th-place finish, three laps down. "When you come down to the end and you have two cars with the same organization with a chance to win a race, and both on similar strategies, it gets a little rough sometimes," said Buescher , an XFINITY winner in two of the last three races. "Not ideal, and I hate that it went the way it did. And honestly, I had no clue that some of the things that happened after the contact happened, so that's a shame. We were both in contention and both had fast race cars for the day." Wallace expressed his displeasure with abrupt, measured comments to reporters on pit road after the race. Buescher , meanwhile, said in Saturday's post-race news conference that he hoped to talk out the incident with his teammate on the plane ride back to North Carolina. RELATED: Post-race tension caused by teammate tussle Tuesday on SiriusXM, Buescher indicated that the two have yet to find common ground, but that he hoped they could resolve their differences before the series' next race, June 13 at Michigan International Speedway (1:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). "We've got to cool down a little bit is where it stands," Buescher said. "I've tried to express my view on the situation and I think it's just too soon. Once we get everything calmed down, we've got an off weekend to go relax a little bit and we'll come back to it and get it resolved before Michigan, but it's still fresh on everyone's mind. And I think both of us have opinions on what went on and I don't know that we agree completely with the situation, but we'll get it figured out. "It's part of racing and part of having as many teammates as we do over at Roush Fenway. You're going to run into situations every now and then, and unfortunately, it's part of it and we're going to try to right the situation as quickly as possible." Wallace appeared on FOX Sports 1's "Race Hub" program Monday, saying that he had not shaken hands and mended fences with Buescher yet. "Just good thing there's a week off," Wallace said. "Got time to settle down and refocus back on the big picture." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Roush teammates move past Monster Mile incident, look towards Michigan BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Chris Buescher and Darrell Wallace Jr ., teammates-turned-rivals two weeks ago, said Friday they've put their Dover differences behind them, turning their focus toward an all-important track for their Roush Fenway Racing organization. Buescher enters Saturday's Great Clips 250 Benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America (1:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) at Michigan International Speedway as the NASCAR XFINITY Series points leader. Wallace, in his first year driving for Roush Fenway, ranks 49 points behind his teammate in fifth place. Their proximity in the standings aside, the two teammates were not exactly chummy after clanging fenders in the latter stages of the series' most recent race at Dover International Speedway . Buescher drove away to his second victory of the season while Wallace faded with a flat tire. The run-in made the Roush Fenway camp's Monday morning meeting after Dover an awkward one, but two weeks later, the waters appear to have smoothed. "It was hard racing is what it comes down to," Buescher told NASCAR.com before Friday's rain-delayed XFINITY practice on the 2-mile track. "We've had a talk about it and obviously it was not an ideal situation and we don't ever want to be in the same situation again. We've talked and we're going to put it behind us. We're going to go into Michigan and treat it as another race where we need to go be teammates again and go perform at our highest level. And we'll be OK. We've talked about it a little bit, and it's just a racing deal, you know? You'll go through that sometimes." Wallace's easy-going Friday demeanor was in direct contrast to his dismay after the checkered flag at Dover. After joking about how "interesting" the Monday meeting was, Wallace said the team was ready to move forward. "Dover's definitely behind us," Wallace said. "We didn't see eye-to-eye in that meeting. We still know we've got to be smart, but I told them they've got a lot more to lose than me." Both Roush Fenway drivers may be feeling more burden to perform this weekend at Michigan, a longtime stronghold for team owner Jack Roush. The premium on running well in the showcase event for manufacturers Ford and Chevrolet is a tall order, a team edict that places a little more pressure on Saturday's 250-miler. "Every time we talk about Michigan, this exact subject comes up," Buescher said. "It's Jack's home track, it's Ford's home track -- we're expected to come here and perform at our highest level. This is one that, it's a tough race to win. It's a lot of momentum, it's a lot of drafting, which has been difficult for me to get a hold of at a place like this. We try really hard to make sure we bring the best stuff possible here and get the win. "There is pressure here. We keep it circled. We know that we need to come and win this race, not only for Jack but for Ford and for our race team." Wallace said he participated in a private fantasy league among family members growing up, making sure to stock his lineup with heavily favored Roush drivers for each Michigan race. While Roush Fenway's XFINITY efforts -- with three drivers in the top eight in standings -- may be outpacing their Sprint Cup Series brethren (no drivers better than 18th), Wallace suggests that side of the operation may be ready to turn the corner. "We've actually found speed fairly quick," Wallace said of his XFINITY No. 6 team. "It's been cool to see (Greg) Biffle finish second in the 600 there, and he was strong during the All-Star Race. They continue to show speed. It's starting to improve, so it's cool to see that for the future. Hopefully we can continue to find more speed as a team overall." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Darrell Wallace Jr. glad for week off after tussle with teammate RELATED: Weekend in GIFs includes Bubba cooling off Two days after Darrell Wallace Jr . lost a shot at his first NASCAR XFINITY Series win and $100,000 Dash 4 Cash prize at Dover International Speedway , he was still upset over the actions of Roush Fenway Racing teammate Chris Buescher . On Lap 191 of 200, Buescher made contact with Wallace's left front tire in a battle for the lead of the Buckle Up 200 presented by Click It or Ticket . The action sent Wallace to pit road, and he limped to a 17th-place finish while Buescher scored his second win in three starts, extending his points lead over Ty Dillon to 15 points. "There's always two sides to every story," Wallace told FOX Sports 1's "NASCAR Race Hub" on Monday. "Three sides I guess. "Just good thing there's a week off. Got time to settle down and refocus back on the big picture." When asked whether Wallace and Buescher shook hands on Monday, Wallace said, "No, we're not shaking hands yet." The NASCAR Next and Drive for Diversity alum who won the Coors Light Pole Award at Dover sits fifth in points, 49 behind Buescher as one of four RFR drivers in the top eight in the XFINITY Series. The series heads next to team owner Jack Roush's home track, Michigan International Speedway , for the Great Clips 250 benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America on June 13 (1:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
NASCAR.com's Matthew Dillner talks with Chris Buescher in Victory Lane about saving enough fuel to bring home the win in the Buckle Up 200 at Dover International Speedway.
Chris Buescher recalls the contact with teammate Darrell Wallace Jr. while celebrating his second victory of the season and first at Dover International Speedway.
Chris Buescher gets into his teammate, Darrell Wallace Jr., late in the race to take the lead and stretches his fuel mileage to nab his second win of 2015.