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Roush Fenway’s Chris Buescher will compete for NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie of the year honors in 2014, as he takes over the wheel of the historic RFR No. 60 Ford.
At the age of 17, Buescher became the youngest champion in ARCA Series history, winning four races and two poles, while turning in 12-top –five and 16 top-10 finishes en route to the title run.
Last season, the Prosper, Texas native scored a pair of top-10 finishes and turned in six finishes of 17th or better in only seven starts. He made his first two NASCAR Nationwide Series starts in 2011, finishing 17th at both Richmond and Darlington.
Buescher earned his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series top-10 finish last spring with a seventh-place finish in his first-ever trip to treacherous short track at Bristol Motor Speedway. He tied his career-high with another seventh-place finish in June at the two-mile oval at Michigan.
He began his racing career at the age of six in his hometown, starting out racing motorcycles until the age of nine. He then switched over to the Bandolero Series, which he raced the next three years, around his home state of Texas. In 2004 he went to Nationals and won at the age of 12.
Buescher got the break he had been waiting for in 2009, signing with Roush Fenway Racing as a development driver and competing part-time in the ARCA Series under the guidance of Roulo Bros Racing. In 2009 Buescher made seven ARCA Series starts earning three top-five and five top-10 finishes, while also becoming the youngest pole winner in the 57-year history of the ARCA Series by capturing the top starting spot at Salem.
The 2010 season saw Buescher back behind the wheel of the No. 17 Ford in the ARCA Series for Roulo Bros Racing. In just eight starts he earned two victories, winning both of the series races at Toledo Speedway. In addition to the wins he also claimed two poles, three top-five and five top-10 finishes. Buescher’s first win at Toledo in May was the first win for Ford in any series for the 2010 season.
In 2011, Buescher’s ARCA Series success continued, claiming three wins, 14 top-fives and 16 top-10’s en route to earning the rookie of the year title for the Roulo Bros. He capped off his ARCA legacy with the championship in 2012.