Buescher Leads RFK with Top-15 at Martinsville

NKP #17: Chris Buescher, RFK Racing, BuildSubmarines.com Ford Mustang

Chris Buescher led the RFK contingent with a 15th-place finish in the BuildSubmarines.com Ford Sunday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway, in a 400-lap race that featured just three non-stage cautions.

Brad Keselowski finished 24th in the Body Guard Ford, and was caught up in an incident with two laps remaining in NASCAR Overtime.

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Keselowski had the better of the two RFK qualifying efforts in Saturday’s single-car session, putting the No. 6 car 13th-quickest among the field. Track position reigned early on with no cautions in the opening stage, as the two-time Martinsville winner crossed the line 14th at lap 80.

The No. 6 crew gained two spots on pit road in the first stop of the day, putting Keselowski 12th on the restart for stage two. A debris caution was displayed 20 laps later with Keselowski in 16th, and he restarted there after staying out in that caution break. From there, he finished stage two 25th.

Just two cautions occurred over the final 200 laps, including one with three laps to go with Keselowski in 22nd. He would pit for right side tires in the last opportunity of the day, and apparently sustained left-front damage in the final two laps to finish 24th.

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Buescher had ground to make up throughout the race after starting from 30th. He slowly worked his way forward, up to 26th to end the first stage, before firing off 23rd to begin stage two. He took right side tires at lap 115 and went on to end the stage in 22nd (lap 180).

After restarting the stage in 22nd, Buescher’s final pit stop of the day came at lap 299 from 20th, and from there he slowly picked off positions and into the top-15 with 50 laps remaining. Despite the late-race restart, he held on for the 15th-place result, his third-straight at ‘The Paperclip.’

Up Next
Texas Motor Speedway hosts race No. 9 on the season next weekend. Race coverage on Sunday is set for 3:30 p.m. on FS1, with radio coverage on PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).

RFK Racing PR

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