Chris Buescher will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut and drive the No. 34 Dockside Logistics Ford Fusion for Front Row Motorsports this weekend. Buescher is replacing Brett Moffitt, who is now filling in for Brian Vickers. Buescher spoke to Ford Performance after sitting in the car and working with the team on adjustments.
CHRIS BUESCHER – No. 34 Dockside Logistics Ford Fusion -- SO HOW DID YOUR DAY START THIS MORNING? “It’s been very hectic. I was actually getting breakfast over by the hotel and Robbie Reiser called me. 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.”
THIS WILL BE YOUR CUP DEBUT. “Yeah, we have no Cup starts so this will be the first. I’ve run a lot of Cup test sessions and throughout the years I’ve done a lot at Roush Fenway on the Cup side, but this will be the first race. The circumstances that bring it about are not ideal. We wish Brian Vickers the best and want to try to do the best we can for Front Row Motorsports now at this point.”
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST CONCERN AT THIS POINT? “The biggest issue we’re gonna have is just getting the seat right. I run an aluminum seat on the XFINITY side and we have a carbon seat to work with here. 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.”
SO YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO WAKE UP TO EACH DAY, RIGHT? “Yeah, and don’t miss a phone call. I learned that the hard way when I got the call from Robbie in 2011 when I was subbing in for Trevor. My phone was dead that morning and he called and called and called and it was a little while before I could actually get the phone charged and get back to him and it was pure panic then. At least with this one I answered the first time.”
ANY CONCERNS ABOUT NOW HAVING TO PULL DOUBLE DUTY? “We’ve got qualifying on the Cup side this evening, so everything is going to happen very quickly throughout this weekend. 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.”
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