ARCA: Chris Buescher Looks To Tackle 2011 ARCA Schedule After Toledo Wins

Ashley McCubbinAnalyst INovember 10, 2010

Chris Buescher in victory lane after winning the ARCA Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway in May / (C)Ashley McCubbin
Chris Buescher in victory lane after winning the ARCA Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway in May / (C)Ashley McCubbin

This past season, Chris Buescher made eight ARCA Re/Max Series starts, running all of the races he was allowed to run. In those eight starts, he had two wins, three top-fives and five top 10s. His worst finish was a 12th at Salem in his first ever start.

Now that he is 18, Buescher is allowed to run the entire schedule, starting at Daytona this February.

Both of Buescher's wins came at Toledo with one in May and one in September. Buescher feels more satisfaction, though, from the second one due to the circumstances.

"It was a little bit more enjoyable than the first, after having to start close to the back," Buescher told the ARCA Racing Network.

"Just because you're good at one race, it doesn't mean you're going to do the same when you come back. I had a bit of nervousness going back but we seemed pretty decent in practice.

When qualifying got rained out, we had to start back there, but we were able to make ground up pretty quickly and pretty consistently. It was a lot more fun, to be honest, getting to run in traffic and go through those guys."

Going into the 2011 season, Buescher looks to take in one of the biggest lessons he learned from 2010: patience.

"It seems like all of the races I'd run up to this point had been 50 to 100 laps, if that," he said. "Going to these races, you just have to pace yourself a little more and save for those last 50 laps."

For the 2010/2011 off-season, Buescher plans to work on racecars.

"Lately, I've been working out at Roush (Fenway Racing) four days a week and driving pit stop practice," Buescher said.

"I've got to call the engine builder over at Roush Yates; he says he's going to get me hooked up to where I can start working over there one or two days a week, so I'm looking forward to it and getting to learn about the engines and all."