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LEXINGTON, OH - AUGUST 16: Chris Buescher, driver of the
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Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistAugust 16, 2014

Thanks to a savvy strategy and smart driving, Chris Buescher won his first Nationwide Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. 

Buescher fought off fuel concerns, and some hungry competitors behind him, to become the fifth first-time winner on the Nationwide circuit this season. 

The driver of the Roush Fenway Racing No. 60 car took a chance and stayed out on course for the final 38 laps, and thanks to some fuel conservation, he perfected his strategy.

The early part of the race was dominated by Brian Scott, who shot out to the lead past pole-sitter Sam Hornish Jr. on the first lap.

For the first 45 laps, Scott dueled with Hornish Jr. and Alex Tagliani for the top spot, but that showdown was altered by cautions, strategy and a blown engine in Hornish Jr.'s No. 54 car. 

The dynamic of the race changed on Lap 54, when nine racers, including Trevor Bayne and Brendan Gaughan, opted to stay out on course. Bayne and Gaughan led a few laps each before their luck ran out and the field caught up to them on a late caution. 

When the checkered flag waved on Lap 90, Regan Smith finished in second place, with Scott, Chase Elliott and Tagliani rounding out the top five. 


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