SPARTA, K.Y. (June 27, 2014) – Chris Buescher drove his No.60 Ford EcoBoost Mustang to an 18th-place finish in his first career start at the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway. Despite a loose handling condition and losing a lap, the Roush Fenway Racing driver battled back to earn the “lucky dog” award and a lead-lap finish at Kentucky.
“It was a tough night for us,” said Chris. “We tried a bunch of stuff and the guys never gave up. They worked really hard on this Ford EcoBoost Mustang but we couldn’t really get it up under us. It just seemed like it was up on top of the race track, so we’ve got some stuff to work on and we’ll go out here and try to make it better.”
Buescher started the 200-lap race from the 18th position, but lost some ground in the opening laps due to balance struggles and went a lap down to the leaders. Buescher was in position to be the “lucky dog” recipient when the caution came out just 42 laps into the race.
Crew chief Scott Graves took a big swing at adjustments on the first pit stop, calling for spring rubbers and track bar adjustments, all of which seemed to help, but it wasn’t quite enough. The changes the team tried during the race improved conditions, but nothing gave the Rookie of the Year contender the grip he needed. Buescher crossed the finish line on the lead lap in 18th in his No. 60 Ford EcoBoost Mustang.
Buescher will return to the track at Daytona on Friday, July 4th sitting eighth in points. Coverage of the Subway Firecracker 250 begins at 7:30 PM on ESPN2.