Buescher escaped a nasty-looking wreck two weeks in the past at Charlotte Motor Speedway unharmed however was then sidelined from final weekend’s race at World Huge Expertise Raceway at Gateway with a bout of COVID-19.
Not precisely often called a road-racer, Buescher shortly confirmed that he and his No. 17 Ford might contend for the win on Sunday.
Buescher battled chief Daniel Suarez onerous on a restart with 22 of 110 laps remaining and stayed shut earlier than Suarez lastly pulled away and Buescher needed to accept a runner-up end.
“This group did an important job and put a extremely quick Mustang beneath me this weekend. What a strategy to return and are available again to the race observe, however I didn’t get the job performed there on the finish,” he mentioned.
“I really feel like we should always have had the win and I didn’t get it. We had been shut, simply wanted extra. I wanted to make it occur on that (final) restart and I didn’t.”
Buescher made a pit cease simply earlier than the conclusion of Stage 2 however was initially assessed a penalty from NASCAR for a crew member throwing gear throughout his cease.
The penalty would have despatched Buescher to the rear of the sphere to begin the ultimate stage, seemingly ending any hope he would have for the victory.
Buescher’s crew argued forcibly with NASCAR that the decision was incorrect and, after reviewing movie of the pit cease, NASCAR rescinded the penalty. That left Buescher within the lead when the ultimate stage acquired underway and again within the hunt for the win.
“We had a number of pace. Simply struggled for a little bit little bit of long-run pace, sporting rear (tires) out. Simply did not get it performed when it counted,” he mentioned.
“It’s an superior run. Superior restoration from COTA, what we had there. Everyone again at RFK (Racing) is doing an important job. Hurts to be that shut, however congratulations to Suarez. We had been making an attempt, making an attempt to get him.
“Ran out of steam there.”
Nonetheless, together with his efficiency on Sunday – coupled with teammate and group co-owner Brad Keselowski additionally ending within the top-10 – Buescher believes the group is heading in the right direction.
“If we are able to hold getting vehicles like this then a win will come,” he mentioned. “It was an superior run, and I must be comfortable, however I’m disillusioned to be that shut and never get it.”