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Where are you from?
Which race was your first?
My first race was April of 2009 and I haven’t missed one since! I believe Jeff Gordon won that day.
Which race is most memorable?
I guess my most memorable race would be the November race of 2009. My son was in Basic Training at Ft. Benning when the Ft. Hood shootings took place. I missed him so much. Texas Motor Speedway had a tribute to them on the grass inside the track. I was so overwhelmed during the National Anthem that I couldn’t stay in the stands. I went below to be by myself and to get it together when I ran into a group of soldiers! Well needless to say I was a mess. One of them walked right up to me, hugged me and said “He’s going to be OK mom”……. I don’t even know their name. What I do know is that NASCAR and TMS embrace our military and their families and I’m forever grateful for that. I still have a hard time during the National Anthem.
Who is your favorite driver?
I’m a die-hard Dale Junior Fan! I turned 50 last year and my friends helped me celebrate by giving me a Dale Jr NASCAR party! It was so much fun! They even gave me a life size card board cut out of Junior…….He watches the race with us every week!
Who is your least favorite driver?
Kyle Busch would be my least favorite driver. My Race Day mantra used to be Somebody Hit Kyle. I never wanted him hurt, but if you just tapped his bumper, it would ruin his whole day……I would never wish anyone hurt, but you can nudge him a little!
What is your favorite part about race day?
I guess my favorite part of race day would have to be the start of the race. The excitement in the air. The Fly Over (even the lower scale ones have grown on me). The Driver intro’s……all the fan fare that goes along with finally getting the race started.
What advice would you give new fans?
My advice to new fans would be to “Just do it. Don’t wait for the perfect day, perfect price or whatever excuse you have. Every seat at Texas Motor Speedway is a GOOD seat! I don’t care if it was $ 49.00 or $490.00. Pack a lunch, some ear plugs, your kids and your favorite beverage and come on out to the race! Be sure and check the info online and you will discover lots of ways to expand your race experience. Don’t wait any longer. Just do it.
By Rich Phillips
Chris Buescher basically grew up at Texas Motor Speedway. The native of Prosper started racing Bandoleros at TMS when he was nine. At the age of 12 he moved up to Legends and has been rising ever since.
Buescher is now in his second full season driving the #60 for Roush Fenway in the NASCAR XFINTY Series and he’s aiming for the championship. He’s won races at Iowa and Dover and has been leading the points for 20 consecutive weeks.
Total Access host Rich Phillips caught up with Buescher ahead of this week’s XFINITY Series race at Kansas. They discussed everything from racing for a title run to playing in the high school band. Click below to listen.
Chris Buescher and the NASCAR XFINITY Series come to Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, November 7th, for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. For tickets click here.
Rich Phillips is the voice of Texas Motor Speedway and host of the weekly radio show Texas Motor Speedway’s Total Access. Click here to find a station near you.
With all the attention being paid to the defending Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick and the Joe Gibbs Racing teams, it’s easy for some contenders to get overlooked. Joey Logano did his best on Sunday to remind everyone they shouldn’t overlook him. Logano posted the most laps led in his career, running out front for 227 of the 334 laps in dominating the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte. The win means that Logano is automatically into the Eliminator 8 round, and that he doesn’t have to sweat things out at the wild card of the round, Talladega. It also could be a sign that Logano is the man to beat for this championship.
Logano came up quickly through the ranks, running and winning many races in Legends cars and Late Models at a young age. That earned him the nickname of “Sliced Bread”, as in the greatest thing since. So much was expected of Logano when Joe Gibbs put him immediately into the XFINITY Series right after his 18th birthday in 2008. The next year he wound up in a Sprint Cup car, replacing Tony Stewart in the #20 for JGR. That’s where his career kind of stalled out.
Logano earned only two wins in four full seasons for Gibbs at the Cup level. The first was a rain-shortened victory at New Hampshire as a rookie, the second in 2012 at Pocono. Gibbs Racing didn’t seem very intent on hanging onto the young driver, so he left for Penske Racing in 2013, and that’s where he started to live up to his moniker.
In no time at Penske Logano looked like the guy he was built up to be. He won at Michigan in his first season and made the Chase for the first time in his career. After never finishing better than 16th in the season standings, Logano was eighth in 2013.
His career really took off in 2014 with a personal best five wins, starting with the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Just like this season, Logano won the first race in round two of the Chase to advance to the Eliminator 8. He made it all the way to the finale at Homestead only to have his car fall off the jack in a late pit stop, leaving him 16th in the race and fourth in the final standings.
There are reasons why Harvick and the JGR teams are all the talk. Of course Harvick is the reigning series champion and has a season-best eleven runner-up finishes. And eleven of the last 15 Sprint Cup races have been won by a Joe Gibbs driver. But in that same 15 race span Logano has gone to victory lane three times, including at Charlotte Sunday. We know Logano is going to the final eight, and he’s the only Chaser who doesn’t have to sweat Talladega as the elimination race in this round.
Contenders in Trouble
Two of the JGR drivers, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch, are currently on the outside looking in. Kenseth had a disastrous day at Charlotte despite starting on the pole. He led 72 laps early, but pit road mistakes sent him back in the pack. Then contact from Ryan Newman put Kenseth into the wall, something he did several times later before finally ending his day in 42nd. Kenseth goes from first to last in the Contender 12, now 32 points below the cut line with two races to go.
Busch and Kyle Larson somehow tangle on the entrance to pit road. Both drivers were trying to fake others out on whether to pit or not. As Busch tried to return to the track he suffered damage from Larson trying to dive down. Rowdy finished 20th and is now ten points out.
Eight drivers will be alive when the Chase comes to No Limits Texas on November 8th for the AAA Texas 500, and Joey Logano will definitely be among them. Buy your tickets here.
Rich Phillips is the voice of Texas Motor Speedway and the host of the weekly radio show Texas Motor Speedway’s Total Access. Click here to find a station near you.