Chris Buescher

RFK Racing’s Chris Buescher missed the trip to World Wide Technology Raceway after testing positive for COVID-19. Now NASCAR has made a decision about his playoff eligibility.

According to FOX Sports’ Bob Pockrass, the sanctioning body has granted Buescher a waiver that will keep him playoff eligible. He will be able to continue pursuing wins and points that could potentially keep him in the mix for the 16-driver field.

This was an expected move considering that NASCAR previously granted waivers to Jimmie Johnson and Austin Dillon in 2020 after they both tested positive for COVID-19. Corey LaJoie also received a waiver in 2021 for missing a race at Michigan International Speedway after testing positive.

Buescher is currently 24th in points with 275. He is three points behind Justin Haley and eight points behind Bubba Wallace. This essentially puts him in a must-win situation with 11 races remaining in the regular season.

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Buescher Has Averaged Top-20 Finishes at Road Courses

GettyChris Buescher will make his return to Sonoma Raceway on June 11-12.

Buescher will make his return to the No. 17 Ford Mustang after Zane Smith replaced him at World Wide Technology Raceway. He will take on Sonoma Raceway, a road course where he has five previous starts.

The driver of the No. 17 has never posted a top-10 finish at the California road course, but he has completed every race. He has a career-best finish of 12th overall in the 2018 race, and he has two 16th-place finishes in his past two starts.

The key for Buescher will be showcasing speed during qualifying, something that he has done multiple times in the past. He reached the final round of qualifying twice at Sonoma (2017, 2019) and secured starting spots in the top 10. Now he will try to secure another strong starting position in the return to Sonoma.

“As some have said in the past, I’m obviously very comfortable at road course racing, as it’s something I enjoy both learning and maneuvering,” Buescher said in a release from RFK Racing. “Sonoma is a fun track with the many different elements it offers, and we’ve been pretty good at road racing …read more



NASCAR Makes Decision About Chris Buescher’s Playoff Eligibility

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