LEXINGTON, Ohio – Chris Buescher’s car was good to the last drop on Saturday.
Buescher played the fuel-mileage game masterfully, and secured his first NASCAR Nationwide Series win in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Buescher’s No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford had to battle through lapped traffic on the final lap of the 90-lap race, but he managed to hold off Regan Smith for the victory.
“Just an awesome race,” Buescher said. “Our Ford Mustang was awesome all day. We had great fuel mileage. Just an amazing, amazing trip.”
Buescher had a 20-second lead before a late yellow bunched up the field. It didn’t affect the outcome. Buescher was able to save enough fuel, while keeping Smith at bay.
Brian Scott finished third, followed by Chase Elliott and Alex Tagliani. Smith’s runner-up effort closed him to within 10 points of JR Motorsports teammate and points leader Elliott.
He admitted he didn’t have anything for Buescher unless the leader ran out of fuel.
“We broke the exhaust at some point, it started popping and I thought it was carburetor issues,” Smith said. “But Chris drove a great race. He was smooth all day long. It’s tough to finish second when you can see the lead right there in front of you.”
Justin Marks, Elliott Sadler, Dylan Kwasniewski, Trevor Bayne and Dakoda Armstrong rounded out the top 10.