WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Aug 9, 2014) – After having to start at the tail end of the field due to an engine change, Roush Fenway Racing rookie Chris Buescher patiently maneuvered his Kellogg’s Cheez-It Ford to 12th-place before suffering a mechanical issue that forced him to settle with a 29th-place finish at Watkins Glen International.
“Our Kellogg’s Cheez-It Ford was really fast,” said Buescher. “We just had some bad luck. I think if we wouldn’t have had our gauge issue then we would have finished in the top-10. I am proud of my guys and all of their hard work this weekend just disappointing that we didn’t get the finish we deserved.”
After advancing into the top-12 for the final qualifying round, the Prosper, Texas native had a mechanical issue that forced the team to change the engine after qualifying dropping the No. 60 Ford to the rear of the field for the start of the Zippo 200.
The Rookie of the Year contender patiently marched his way through the field and was solidly in the top-10 by lap 20.
With a two-stop pit strategy, Buescher brought his Ford Mustang to pit-road for a final fuel only stop on lap 49. A few laps later, the Roush Fenway Racing driver radioed in that he had lost oil pressure and made contact with the No. 7 machine forcing him to hit pit-road.
Despite the damage and running same lap times as the top-10, Buescher was forced to settle with a 29th-place finish in the second road course race of the 2014 season.
Next up for Buescher and the No. 60 team is the final road course race of the season. The Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 will be televised on Aug. 16, 2014 live on ESPN at 2:45 pm ET.