O’Reilly Auto Parts 500


FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 3, 2015) - NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Chris Buescher has described himself as a little quiet and one that likes to go a little under the radar.

>Those descriptions might be changing in the coming weeks.

The Prosper, Texas native and current NASCAR XFINITY Series points leader is only 22 years old and on the cusp of winning the series with only three races remaining.

Buescher has won twice this season in 30 starts and holds a 27-point lead heading into the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, Nov. 7 (2:30 p.m. CST/NBC/The Fan 105.3/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

He has been a model of consistency all season long. While he would like to have more victories in 2015, he has 20 top-10s on the season and a series-high tying 11 top-fives.

"I'm here to win races and win this championship," he said. "If we're under the radar and doing it, that's definitely not bothering me."

This will be Buescher’s fifth career XFINITY race at Texas. He has improved in each of his previous races posting a track-best ninth place finish in spring XFINITY race.

“Texas has been a decent track for me,” he said. “I would say our mile-and-a-half program hasn’t been exactly where we’ve needed it to be. We struggled a little bit in 2014 trying to get something that was drivable in traffic. We have made really big progress there. In fact, going back to tracks that have the older asphalt and a little bumpier and more character. Those have been good race tracks for us. I’m excited to see if Texas Motor Speedway will treat us the same way.”

Buescher knows there is still work to do to win a championship. Entering Saturday's race, Buescher leads second-place, and defending series champion, Chase Elliott by 27 points with Regan Smith 33 points back and Ty Dillon 36 points back.

"Everybody keeps using the word comfortable for the points battle,” Buescher said.  “There's no comfort in it right now. I mean, 27 points is nice to have some gap, but it's not very much when you look at the grand scheme of things and how many points can be gained or lost in a race weekend. We're going to keep doing what we've been doing.”

While he will be trying to place a stranglehold on the series title Saturday, he will also have the added advantage of racing in front of friends and family.

“We are going to have a lot of friends and family there at the track,” Buescher said. “There will be a lot of people I went to school with and my mom and dad will be there as well. I have two younger sisters who live in Texas. It would be a really good weekend. If we can go out there and get a win we’ll be in really good shape. We don’t get to see everyone like we want to now because we travel so much. The travel makes it tough. So when we get a chance to hang out, I’d sure love to give them something to talk about.”

The NASCAR XFINITY Series occupies a majority of Saturday’s schedule for the AAA Texas 500 tripleheader race week. The series has practice on Friday from 1:00 p.m.-3:25 p.m. and then Service King Qualifying Day for the XFINITY Series will be held Saturday starting at 11:15 a.m. The running of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge (TV: NBC; Radio: 105.3 The FAN/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) begins a short time later at 2:30 p.m. 

Tickets are available by calling the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com.

About the author

The Texas Motor Speedway Media Relations Department is located on the 6th floor of The Speedway Club outside of Turn 1 of the speedway. 

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