Fuel-conserving Chris Buescher padded his points lead in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series by winning the Buckle Up 200 on Saturday at Dover International Speedway.
Buescher finished ahead of Matt Kenseth, Regan Smith and Austin Dillon in winning for a second time in three races. Buescher’s lead over Ty Dillon is now 15 points.
Buescher, who went the final 98 laps on one tank of fuel, passed Roush Fenway Racing teammate Darrell Wallace Jr. with 12 laps to go, making enough contact to cut down one of Wallace’s tires, and went on to easily win. A frustrated Wallace finished 17th.
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Three who mattered
Chris Buescher: With fuel running low, points leader bumped aside teammate Wallace to win his second race of the season.
Matt Kenseth: Led 51 laps, but finished a distant second (11.5 seconds) to Buescher.
Darrell Wallace Jr.: Pole winner had a chance to win before being passed by Buescher. Had led 52 laps before giving up that lead.
▪ Wallace took the high road when asked in his post-race interview about how Buescher passed him to take the lead. How Wallace reacts behind closed doors with teammate Buescher might be another matter. “We’ll have to sort it out,” said team owner Jack Roush. “We don’t want to have any hard feelings.”
▪ Another frustrating day for Erik Jones, who had a chance to win on his birthday. But a speeding penalty on pit road late in the race – while he was leading – was costly. Jones led a race-high 70 laps.
▪ Smith’s seventh-place finish helped him win $100,000 from Xfinity’s “Dash 4 Cash” competition. Smith, who won the money by finishing ahead of Wallace, Daniel Suarez and Ty Dillon, is eligible to win $1 million at the end of the season. Smith, Buescher, Chase Elliott and Brendan Gaughan qualify for the next Dash 4 Cash race at Indianapolis on July 25.
They said it
“We just got run over. It should be an interesting Monday morning.” – Wallace, of the upcoming weekly meeting at Roush Fenway Racing with teammate Buescher.