Chris Buescher Gets Back at Dale Earnhardt Jr After Richmond Goof-Up Forced Him into Changing His Name

Published 08/22/2022, 1:50 PM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 22: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, speaks with the media without a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series patch on his firesuit during the Daytona 500 Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

Richmond was turning out to be a great race for Chris Buescher, but he narrowly missed a win. That, however, wasn’t the only interesting thing that happened for Buescher that Sunday as something unearthed about the driver during the race.

It was his whole name! And the credit goes to none other than the ultimate nickname champion of NASCAR, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

During the race, Junior kept calling him by his full name, Christopher. And this led to the RFK driver having to change his name.


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Fortunately, Buescher saw an opportunity to get back and took to Instagram to announce his win.

The driver went up to Junior and got a picture with him standing in front of the car, which he posted later on. Not only that, but he took shots at Dale Jr, called him by his full name too with the post captioned, Only makes sense to get a photo with the man who started all this: Dale Jr… or should I say Ralph  #Christopher

Now, Earnhardt Jr. surely is fond of giving nicknames. In fact, he called Chase Elliott the “Young Elvis”. But how did Christopher Buescher come into existence? Well, let’s find out.

How Dale Earnhardt Jr. Made Chris Buescher Change His Name?

Richmond saw the #17 driver by Chris Buescher. But by the time the race ended, his name had changed to Christopher. So what happened?

Well, Dale Jr. was in the broadcasting booth at the race and couldn’t help but call the driver by his full name. Fortunately, Buescher took it well and headed to Twitter to take the joke to a new level.

CHARLOTTE, NC – MAY 17: Chris Buescher, driver of the #37 Kroger Your Personal Pit Stop Chevrolet, walks on the grid during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Open Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Buescher announced on Twitter that he will change his name if his tweet crossed 3,000 likes. Of course, NASCAR fans didn’t disappoint. The Tweet crossed 3,000 likes pretty fast and much to Christopher’s surprise!


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He was compelled to send out another Tweet commending the fans saying“Geez. Guess I should’ve went for 10K y’all are quick. Messaging with our designer now…“

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And Watkins Glen saw him boast his entire name, Christopher William Buescher on his car.

What a funny story, but hey! At least everyone got some fun out of it. So, what do you think about the new name?.



Hetul Katyal

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Hetul Katyal is an F1-NASCAR web stories creator at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his degree in Journalism from the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, he is an avid supporter of Carlos Sainz and Scuderia Ferrari. Hetul always looks forward to the paddock going to Baku, but the part of F1 that excites him the most, is seeing the drivers tackle the 'Raidillon' at Spa.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh