Chris Buescher will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut this weekend, driving in place of Brett Moffitt in the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford, the team announced Friday morning at Auto Club Speedway.
Moffitt, who had been slated to drive the No. 34, instead will move to the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota. Moffitt is replacing Brian Vickers, who is out with another recurrence of blood clots.
Buescher, 22, has one victory, seven top-five and 18 top-10 finishes in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The Texas native also has an impressive record in ARCA, with 10 victories and 33 top-five finishes in 57 races.
"We have no Cup starts so this will be the first," Buescher said Friday. "I’ve run a lot of Cup test sessions and throughout the years I’ve done a lot at Roush Fenway on the Cup side, but this will be the first race. The circumstances that bring it about are not ideal. We wish Brian Vickers the best and want to try to do the best we can for Front Row Motorsports now at this point."
Buescher is also an XFINITY Series regular, so he’ll be pulling double duty this weekend.
"We’ve got qualifying on the Cup side this evening, so everything is going to happen very quickly throughout this weekend," he said. "We still have to put our focus on the XFINITY side. We’re in contention to win a championship and we need to make sure that our effort is on that area, but, at the same time, we’re more than happy to help out on the Cup side and try to help these guys have a good, solid run and stay up there in points."