The 22-year-old Texan finished third last weekend at Watkins Glen, highest among NASCAR XFINITY Series regulars, to extend his standings lead to 24 points over both defending champion Chase Elliott and Ty Dillon. Buescher also outpaced road course ace Boris Said, as well as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stalwarts Paul Menard and Kyle Larson.
Buescher gets to run another road course this Saturday in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN)—a place where he earned his first career victory last season and is the defending race winner.
“Mid-Ohio is a track that we have been looking forward to all year,” Buescher said. “There is a little extra pressure coming off of last year’s win, but we have really good notes and I know we will have a fast Zest Mustang. We have good momentum leaving the Glen and we just need to keep that rolling into the next few months.”
Buescher’s third-place finish at Watkins Glen was his first top-10 showing in five races. Despite his struggles, Elliott has failed to gain major ground on him.
He is prepared for another charge from Elliott and third-place Ty Dillon (-24 points), noting the intensity will gravitate down the stretch run.
“A lot of drama is what it sums up too,” Buescher said. “It’s gonna be wild. Points racing has a way of bringing out the emotion in everybody.”