Chris Buescher returns to JTG Daugherty Racing for 2018

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Chris Buescher and JTG Daugherty Racing are teaming up again for 2018 and beyond.

JTG Daugherty announced Friday that Buescher, 24, has signed a multi-year contract to remain with the organization, piloting the No. 37 Chevrolet for the foreseeable future.

“We’ve been able to work through contractual stuff, and get Chris (Buescher) signed up to continue to drive for us for multiple years at JTG Daugherty Racing,” team owner Tad Geschickter said, “We couldn’t be more happy about that.”

“Chris has been a great addition to the JTG Daugherty Racing family,” Geschickter continued in a release. “We’re extremely proud of what he has accomplished this year and we’ve learned a lot from him and the No. 37 team. We’ve got some of the best brands in the business supporting us and you couldn’t ask for more. We’re truly blessed and really excited for the future with Chris in the No. 37.”

JTG Daugherty added Buescher to the team in 2017, expanding to a two-car organization to pair the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion with A.J. Allmendinger. After a slow start to the year, Buescher has risen to 25th in the championship standings, one position ahead of Allmendinger.

“I’m really excited to be able to get everything worked out to drive for JTG Daugherty Racing for the next handful of years,” Buescher said. “We’ve been able to make a lot of progress this season. Everyone knows how hard it is to fire off at the beginning of the year with everything being completely new, and not just new to me.

“Adding a second team is a pretty major undertaking. To be able to get everything into place as smoothly as we’ve been able to and to be able to get the results we have this early in the season has been a really great thing.”

Geschickter confirmed in the conference that JTG Daugherty is in the final stages of purchasing a charter for Buescher and their No. 37 Chevrolet entry. The team is currently utilizing a charter leased from Roush Fenway Racing, which will expire at the end of the year. That means they’ll be required to attain another charter over the offseason to give Buescher a guaranteed starting position in each Cup Series race next season.

While he’s previously been associated with Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) due to contractual ties, Buescher says for the time being he’ll be linked to JTG Daugherty alone.

“For these years coming up, yes,” Buescher confirmed when asked Friday’s announcement distances him from the RFR stable. “This is where we’re going to be. This is home. This is a way for us to gain that continuity.

“I really appreciate everything on the Roush Fenway side, and what they’ve done for me through the years. I’ve had a lot of fun racing over there. For simplicity’s sake and going forward, while everything goes through this time, where everything restructures and gets back in line, this is our way to be able to say that we know what we’re doing every year.”

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