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Buescher picks up top-10 finish at Pocono

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By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer

The first half of a doubleheader weekend at Pocono Raceway saw Chris Buescher earn a top-10 finish in the Pocono Organics 325.

In the final stage, Buescher was one of the last drivers to pit. He kept his No. 17 Fastenal Ford Mustang on track as long as possible, hoping for a caution. That caution never came and the NASCAR Cup Series driver pitted from the lead.

When Buescher rejoined the race, he found himself outside 15th. With two fresh right-side tires, the Roush Fenway Racing driver picked up positions. He battled with Matt Kenseth, and fellow Ford Performance drivers Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, and Michael McDowell.

As he held of Blaney, Buescher ran down Kenseth’s No. 42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. With under five laps to go, he took 10th from the Chip Ganassi Racing driver. Buescher cruised away to a top-10 finish.

“Good job today guys,” The Prosper, TX native told his crew over the radio after the checkered flag. “Solid day. Good strategy, good plan, good top-10.”

With no qualifying, Buescher started deep in the field, 24th. A short first stage and caution-filled second stage kept the 2016 Pocono winner from reaching the top-10.

The 10th-place finish is the fourth top-10 for Buescher this season and 16th of his career. It also matches his season-best total for top-10s. Buescher earned four top-10s in both 2017 and 2019. The three laps he led at Pocono increasing his 2020 total to eight. His career laps led in the Cup Series is now 39.

The top-10 kept Buescher 19th in the points standings. He is 20-points behind the playoff cutoff, held by Tyler Reddick and 241-points behind leader and race winner Kevin Harvick.

With the starting grid inverted for the top-20 finishers for tomorrow’s Pocono 350, Buescher will line up 11th.

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