“Behind Kyle Larson Is Christopher Buescher” – Dale Earnhardt Jr’s Embarrassing Gaffe Went Unnoticed 4 Years Ago Before Gaining Public Notoriety Recently

Published 10/02/2022, 3:31 AM EDT
RICHMOND, VA – APRIL 28: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

Chris Buescher has always been referred to as Chris by NASCAR fans and the community in general. However, Dale Earnhardt often called him Christopher Buescher. At the Richmond Raceway earlier this year, he kept calling the Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing driver Christopher. Naturally, it became a bit of a running joke in the community, and the #17 driver also got in on the act.

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He tweeted that if his tweet got more than 3000 likes, he would change his name to Christopher. Obviously, the internet loved a challenge, and he reached the target in no time. However, it is worth mentioning that this is not the first time that Dale Jr called him Christopher. During the 2018 Southern 500, he said in the commentary booth, “Who’s behind Kyle Larson, its Christopher Buescher. He’s hoping that he don’t pass any of these guys, so that Christopher Buescher can get the lucky dog when this stage is over with.”

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How else did Chris Buescher react to the Dale Earnhardt Jr gaffe?

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Soon enough, for the next race at Watkins Glen International, he had ‘Christopher Buescher’ stuck to his car door. Normally, every NASCAR driver has a sticker with their name, emblazoned on the door. The #17 driver normally had a ‘Chris Buescher‘ sticker but had it changed to Christopher, by popular demand.

WATKINS GLEN, NEW YORK – AUGUST 03: Chris Buescher, driver of the #37 Cottonelle Chevrolet, gets into his car during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling at The Glen at Watkins Glen International on August 03, 2019 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

To further sell the joke, he managed to get a picture of Dale Jr with the car. However, in the caption, he wrote, “Only makes sense to get a photo with the man who started all this: Dale Jr… or should I say Ralph.”

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On a different note, the driver will be looking forward to this weekend’s race at Talladega. Earlier, he snatched victory at the Bristol Motor Speedway for RFK Racing, his second career win. Admittedly, it made no difference in the championship, because he is not a Playoff contender. However, it did put pressure on the Playoff drivers.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

Edited By: Ankit Sharma

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