By now, most every NASCAR Fan is aware of Sprint Cup Rookie Chris Buescher’s, driver of the No. 34 Dockside Logistics Ford for Front Row Motorsports, unpredictable win last Monday. Chris became the first Sunoco Rookie contender since Joey Logano (in 2009) to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
However, Buescher is not new to the winner’s circle; he is the reigning NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion. Here are the numbers:
By The Numbers
- 1 - Chris Buescher's first full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season - 2016
- 2 - Number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins for Front Row Motorsports (David Ragan, Talladega, 2013)
- 4 - Drivers who have won in the No. 34 (Chris Buescher, David Ragan, Jim Roper, Wendell Scott)
- 6 - Buescher is six points out of the top 30 in points to solidify a berth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup
- 13 - Number of former NASCAR XFINITY Series champions with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race wins (Johnny Benson, Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Chris Buescher, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Bobby Labonte, Joe Nemechek, Martin Truex Jr., Brian Vickers)
- 23 - Chris Buescher's age
- 34 - No. 34 last visited Victory Lane with David Ragan, Talladega, 2013
- 118 - Winless drought broken by Front Row Motorsports. It was the longest active drought by a team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
- 2009 - Last season a Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender won a race (Joey Logano, New Hampshire)
- 2014 - Last season a first-time winner visited Victory Lane (Daytona, Aric Almirola; Watkins Glen, AJ Allmendinger)
- 2015 - Season Chris Buescher won the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship
Question: One of the Vegas sports books had you 1,000 to 1 to win this race. First off, do you know if anybody actually bet on you, and second, what type of odds would you have given yourself, considering you haven't qualified in the top 20 all year?
Chris Buescher: Yeah, I hope somebody bet on us and made out really well. It would be awesome for them.
We had pretty steep odds coming into this one, but we've been heading in the right direction, and there's no mistaking that. We've been qualifying better. We've been racing better. We've had better speed, better averages. We're just getting to the point now where we need to be able to finish them.
Today I think everybody knows it's not just a pure run to the end and all-out speed. There was a lot of other things going on today.
But you take advantage of every situation that's presented to you, and that's what we did today.
We're going to keep working to make sure that we find more speed and we're able to go win races on days where the track is dry and clear all the way to the checkered flag, and in this case, 160 laps.
NASCAR Race Mom will be watching Chris Buescher closely as he competes at Watkins Glen on Sunday to see if he can use the numbers in his favor to break into the top-thirty in the point standings for his berth in the 2016 chase.