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Buescher Nets XFINITY Championship

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, November 21 2015
The XFINITY championship belongs to Chris Buescher of Roush Fenway Racing. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Gregg Ellman)

The XFINITY championship belongs to Chris Buescher of Roush Fenway Racing. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Gregg Ellman)

Chris Buescher finished 11th in Saturday’s season-ending XFINITY race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but that was more than good enough to allow him to capture the 2015 series championship.

Buescher, a native of Prosper, Texas who drives for Roush Fenway Racing, won just two races this season – at Iowa Speedway and Dover – but was consistent enough all season to nab the title in his second full season.

On Saturday, the 23-year-old again kept the big picture in focus as he stayed out of trouble on the track.

“I am not a points racer,” he said in Victory Lane. “I don’t like it. It is not the most fun way to run the last 10 races of the season but it is important. This is what we have been fighting for since February and Daytona and these guys have done such a great job and stuck in there with us all year and had no mechanical failures or DNF’s. It is a huge accomplishment for our team.”

Chase Elliott, the 2014 series champion, finished second to Buescher – 15 points back. Three points behind Elliott was Austin Dillon.

Regan Smith was fourth in points and Daniel Suarez fifth.

Suarez was named rookie of the year on Saturday.

“It was a good 2015 – a lot of new things,” Suarez said. “A lot of learning processes and we learned a bunch of things. I’m happy with that and earning Rookie of the Year was one of the goals of 2015 and thanks to Joe Gibbs Racing, ARRIS, Toyota, Telcel, Juniper – we were able to make this happen. Very happy overall.”

Winning the race at HMS was Sprint Cup regular Kyle Larson, who led the most laps and fought with Kyle Busch until Busch was penalized when his pit crew lost track of a tire during a pit stop late in the race.

“I always have a lot of confidence when I come to Homestead,” Larson said. “It’s just there’s no other track that suits me like this track.  You practice right against the wall, and it’s – I don’t know, I’m just really comfortable running against the wall.”

“No, I love this track, and I seem to always have good race cars when I’ve came here.  I ran for Turner in the Truck Series, Turner Scott Motorsports in XFINITY, and Chip’s stuff in the Cup Series, and I always have really good race cars when I come here.  It’s a matter of me not making too many mistakes throughout the race, and I seem to run up front a lot.  You look at my stats, and I don’t lead many laps, but this is about the one track where I lead the most laps.

Larson refused to do a post-race burnout saying this was Buescher’s day and all attention should be on the champ.

Second was Dillon of Richard Childress Racing.

(This story will be updated shortly)

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race – Ford EcoBoost 300

Homestead-Miami Speedway

Homestead, Florida

Saturday, November 21, 2015

  1. (9) Kyle Larson(i), Chevrolet, 200, $85343.
  2. (3) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 200, $62858.
  3. (7) Erik Jones(i), Toyota, 200, $57863.
  4. (4) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 200, $48941.
  5. (5) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 200, $42390.
  6. (2) Daniel Suarez #, Toyota, 200, $37076.
  7. (10) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 200, $32254.
  8. (13) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 200, $32524.
  9. (14) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 200, $30930.
  10. (21) Darrell Wallace Jr. #, Ford, 200, $33365.
  11. (11) Chris Buescher, Ford, 200, $29785.
  12. (6) Aric Almirola(i), Ford, 199, $23580.
  13. (8) Elliott Sadler, Ford, 199, $29229.
  14. (16) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 199, $28918.
  15. (19) Dakoda Armstrong, Ford, 199, $29156.
  16. (20) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 199, $28846.
  17. (17) Ryan Reed, Ford, 199, $28459.
  18. (25) Blake Koch, Toyota, 199, $28323.
  19. (24) Ross Chastain #, Chevrolet, 199, $28161.
  20. (18) Ben Rhodes, Chevrolet, 198, $28550.
  21. (15) JJ Yeley, Toyota, 198, $27940.
  22. (22) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 198, $27825.
  23. (12) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 198, $27687.
  24. (28) Harrison Rhodes #, Chevrolet, 197, $27576.
  25. (33) David Starr, Toyota, 197, $27565.
  26. (26) Mason Mingus(i), Chevrolet, 195, $27304.
  27. (30) Anthony Kumpen, Chevrolet, 193, $21193.
  28. (34) Garrett Smithley(i), Chevrolet, 192, $21072.
  29. (36) Eric McClure, Toyota, 190, $26921.
  30. (1) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, Accident, 185, $28110.
  31. (37) Josh Reaume #, Chevrolet, 185, $20679.
  32. (29) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, Ignition, 180, $26568.
  33. (40) Tim Viens(i), Dodge, 156, $26528.
  34. (31) Mario Gosselin, Chevrolet, Suspension, 88, $26466.
  35. (39) Derek White, Dodge, Engine, 81, $26416.
  36. (38) Carlos Contreras, Chevrolet, Engine, 59, $24246.
  37. (23) Mike Bliss, Toyota, Vibration, 44, $23246.
  38. (32) BJ McLeod(i), Chevrolet, Vibration, 36, $16246.
  39. (35) TJ Bell(i), Toyota, Vibration, 23, $15246.
  40. (27) Jeff Green, Toyota, Transmission, 3, $14246.

 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  128.266 mph.

Time of Race:  02 Hrs, 20 Mins, 20 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.934 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  6 for 26 laps.

Lead Changes:  13 among 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   K. Busch(i) 1-27; M. Bliss 28; K. Busch(i) 29-30; K. Larson(i) 31-33; K. Busch(i) 34-63; K. Larson(i) 64-78; K. Busch(i) 79-81; K. Larson(i) 82-142; E. Jones(i) 143; K. Larson(i) 144-145; K. Busch(i) 146-147; K. Larson(i) 148-179; A. Dillon(i) 180-195; K. Larson(i) 196-200.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  K. Larson(i) 6 times for 118 laps; K. Busch(i) 5 times for 64 laps; A. Dillon(i) 1 time for 16 laps; M. Bliss 1 time for 1 lap; E. Jones(i) 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: C. Buescher – 1,190; C. Elliott – 1,175; T. Dillon – 1,172; R. Smith – 1,168; D. Suarez # – 1,078; E. Sadler – 1,075; D. Wallace Jr. # – 1,071; B. Scott – 1,032; B. Gaughan – 1,012; R. Reed – 902.

 

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, November 21 2015
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