When weather and pit strategy mixed perfectly at Pocono Raceway in August, Chris Buescher won his first Sprint Cup race and made the Chase for the Sprint Cup. He has an uphill battle to advance to the Round of 12 in the Chase, as he's ranked 16th after Chicagoland. Here's a look back on his young NASCAR career.
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Rookie season with Roush Fenway Racing
After filling in for a few races in 2011 and 2013 in the XFINITY Series, Buescher made his debut as a full-time driver for Roush Fenway Racing in the XFINITY Series in 2014.
First win in NASCAR
Near the end of his first full-time season in the XFINITY Series, Buescher found Victory Lane for the first time at Mid-Ohio in the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 in August, 2014.
2015 XFINITY Series champion
It took some time for Chris Buescher to make his mark in NASCAR and in his second full-time season in the XFINITY Series, Buescher won the championship.
First Sprint Cup win
A pit strategy move to stay out when others came in paid off for Buescher with his first career Sprint Cup win, when rain shortened the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 1st
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Making the Chase
It wasn't as easy as 'win and you're in' for Buescher as he battled to stay on the positive side of 30th in the points standings throughout the season. After some shaky moments at the regular-season finale, Buescher qualified for the Chase. The third rookie ever, joining Denny Hamlin in 2006 and Chase Elliott this year.