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TC Daily Pit Stop: Buescher Scores Third Win of 2023 at Daytona; Preece Transported to Local Hospital; Kurt Busch Retiring; Highlights From Saturday at Daytona
TC Daily Pit Stop: Sunday, August 27th, 2023
Chris Buescher Takes Shove from Brad Keselowski to Score Victory in Regular-Season Finale at Daytona
There isn’t a single driver with more momentum heading into the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs than Chris Buescher, which comes as a result of three victories in the last five weeks, including Saturday at Daytona.
Buescher, driving the No. 17 Ford Mustang, utilized a push from teammate and RFK Racing owner Brad keselowski to secure the victory, scoring a 1-2 finish for the organization.
“What a heck of a push from Brad [Keselowski] in those closing laps for that entire restart,” said Buescher post-race. “We lined up and worked to get connected. We hardly came disconnected those last couple of laps and it was a little squirrely at times, but that’s what we worked so hard to execute superspeedway racing for two years now.”
Aric Almriola, Chase Elliott, and Joey Logano completed the top-five. Alex Bowman, Kyle Busch, William Byron, Kevin Harvick, and Corey LaJoie completed the top-10.
Following a nasty crash in the closing laps of Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series event at Daytona International Speedway, Ryan Preece, driver of the No. 41 RaceChoice.com Ford Mustang has been transported to a local area hospital.
The crash, which happened with five laps to go, saw the Stewart-Haas Racing driver get tipped out of the pack before brutally barrel-rolling down the backstretch at Daytona International Speedway.
As of Sunday at 2:20 AM, SHR says that Preece is awake, alert, and mobile, but will remain overnight at Halifax Health Medical Center for continued observation. He will undergo further observation by medical personnel later this morning. An update will be provided in the afternoon.
You could just sense that it was going to happen. The action at the front of the screaming pack at Daytona International Speedway in Stage 2 of the Coke Zero Sugar 400 had been absolutely wild. For the majority of the Stage, drivers had skillfully driven three-wide all the way through the pack. Unfortunately, on Lap 95, it all went wrong.
The drivers involved in this crash included Ross Chastain, Austin Cindric, Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Brennan Poole, AJ Allmendinger, Chris Buescher, Christopher Bell, Harrison Burton, William Byron, Riley Herbst, Tyler Reddick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Alex Bowman, and Ty Gibbs.
Kurt Busch will officially retire from competition in the NASCAR Cup Series, after posting a two-minute social media video thanking all of his friends, family, crew members, and supporters throughout his NASCAR Cup career.
“Racing requires 100% of focus, heart, stamina and determination. I have never raced a day without all of that in mind. But sometimes Father time can catch up to your dreams. My incredible team of doctors and I have come to the conclusion that at this point in my recovery, there are just too many obstacles for me to overcome and get back to 100%,” Busch said in the video’s voiceover.
Busch continued by saying, “I am officially announcing my retirement from NASCAR Cup Series competition.”
As the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series returns to The Milwaukee Mile for the first time since 2009, there is no sign of anybody being able to derail the domination from Seymour, Wisconsin-native Ty Majeski.
Majeski, who has been a dominant force in the series’ two most recent events at Richmond Raceway and Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, looks poised to continue that trend after leading Saturday’s practice from the one-mile facility.
With a time of 30.351 seconds (120.391mph), Majeski posted the fastest time in the sole practice session for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at The Milwaukee Mile, where the 29-year-old driver looks to score his second consecutive victory.
Nick Sanchez, Carson Hocevar, Matt DiBenedetto completed the top-five drivers in the Saturday session.
For the first time in his NASCAR Cup Series career, Chase Elliott won’t be in the post-season, after coming up short of a victory in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona, finishing in fourth-place.
“I feel like we had an okay chance there, but Brad [Keselowski] and [Chris Buescher] just worked so well together there, and they were able to stay locked on,” Elliott said. “They were so locked on there, they just had a stranglehold on the top lane.”
While the Dawsonville, Georgia-native won’t be fighting for a title, his team will be, as Elliott - along with some effort from Josh Berry, Jordan Taylor, and Corey LaJoie - have gotten themselves locked into the Owner’s Playoffs - which pays the $$.
“Obviously, we came up a little short, but nonetheless – I hate the way the season has gone, but proud to get the car into the owner’s championship,” Elliott said. “It’s a big deal to get in on the owner’s side, so hopefully we’ll try and go make some noise on that front, and just keep progressing and pushing to be better for next year. We’ll be better through all of this down the road.”
After an incredible two-day show at Daytona International Speedway, the focus shifts to Wisconsin for a doubleheader at The Milwaukee Mile with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the ARCA Menards Series.
First, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will have to qualify for the inaugural Clean Harbors 175, with coverage on FS2 at 11:30 AM ET. Then, the ARCA Menards Series will contest a 150-lap contest at the one-mile facility at 1:00 PM ET.
Finally, the day will finish off with the NASCAR Truck Series Clean Harbors 175 at The Milwaukee Mile, the second event of the first round of the series playoffs.
The best part? You don’t have to change the channel, as both races will be shown on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday. Qualifying, however, will be shown on FOX Sports 2 earlier in the afternoon.
11:30 AM ET - NASCAR Truck Qualifying (FS2/FOX Sports App)
1:00 PM ET - ARCA Menards Series Race (FS1/FOX Sports App)
4:00 PM ET - NASCAR Truck Series Race (FS1/FOX Sports App)
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