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Kyle Busch is out of the No. 18 for Joe Gibs Racing due to injury. David Ragan is replacing him behind the wheel. Ragan normally drives the No. 34 for Front Row Motorsports. Brett Moffitt was scheduled to drive the No. 34 for Front Row Motorsports. However, Moffitt will now be behind the wheel of the No. 55 for Michael Waltrip Racing. Brian Vickers, the team’s normal driver, is out due to a reoccurance of blood clots.
So, who will be behind the wheel of the No. 34 for Front Row Motorsports now?
Chris Buescher will make his Sprint Cup Series debut this weekend behind the wheel of the No. 34 Ford for Front Row Motorsports.
“I was actually getting breakfast over by the hotel and Robbie Reiser called me,” Buescher commented, “It’s kind of similar to the way my first XFINITY race went down. I was getting ready for an ARCA race and got the call and was rushed to Richmond, so it’s been wild. I’m happy to help out Front Row and help out another Ford team. We’re trying to all work the best we can to make this happen as smoothly as possible. It’s gonna be a wild weekend between the two schedules. I’m excited to get the opportunity, so I appreciate that very much, but we’re gonna have to be on our toes this weekend.”
Buescher is running the full NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule this year for Roush Fenway Racing, and currently sits second in points in his sophomore season.
“We’ve got qualifying on the Cup side this evening, so everything is going to happen very quickly throughout this weekend,” he added. “We still have to put our focus on the XFINITY side. We’re in contention to win a championship and we need to make sure that our effort is on that area, but, at the same time, we’re more than happy to help out on the Cup side and try to help these guys have a good, solid run and stay up there in points.”
Buescher has spent time behind the wheel of a Sprint Cup Series car, though, as he did some testing for RFR.
“The circumstances that bring it about are not ideal,” Buescher shared. “We wish Brian Vickers the best and want to try to do the best we can for Front Row Motorsports now at this point.”
Now with the pieces in place, Buescher says the biggest issue will be getting the seat just right in the Sprint Cup car.
“I run an aluminum seat on the XFINITY side and we have a carbon seat to work with here,” he commented. “We’re just trying to adapt this insert to me, so we’ve got to work on it just a little bit and move everything around – the steering and pedals and all that – but these guys have already jumped right in and are working hard at it. I know it’s not only hectic for me, but for everybody involved in this process right now.”