Chris Buescher May Outrun Boss Brad Keselowski as RFK Racing’s Savior Stays on the Lookout for First Season Win

Published 10/07/2023, 2:19 PM EDT

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One of the teams that has come out of the blocks and surprised everyone this season is Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing. Ahead of the campaign, RFK Racing was not looked at as a regular challenger for race wins. The team might not have reached that level so far but they have pulled off more shocks than anyone might have expected. Chris Buescher and Brad Keselowski have both been instrumental to the team’s success. But as the round of 8 draws near, there might not be two RFK cars in the mix anymore.

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RFK Racing’s resurgence began towards the end of the regular season. Their momentum has slowed down a bit since then. But there’s no saying when they will hit that kind of form again. For now, however, Brad Keselowski finds himself in a precarious position going into the final race of the round of 12. He sits only two points ahead of the cutline and is running a serious risk of elimination.

Will Chris Buescher outshine his boss this season?

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Brad Keselowski has had a good run in the playoffs so far. Apart from Talladega, he has finished in the top 10 in every single playoff race. But his points situation is dire going into Charlotte. The RFK man has to finish quite high up the order to make it through to the round of 8.

But the 39-year-old’s stats at the road course are not exactly convincing. Brad Keselowski has raced at the Roval five times so far in his career and has never won once. The RFK Racing co-owner only has one top-five finish and his average finishing position at the track is 17.6. It is uncertain that a similar result on Sunday would ensure his qualification.

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Chris Buescher, on the other hand, is in a far better place than his boss. His three race wins in the regular season have immensely helped out his situation with the points. The 30-year-old sits in fifth place on the table with 19 points ahead of the cutline. While this does not confirm qualification, he definitely has a better chance of qualifying than his boss.

Brad Keselowski might have done all the hard work behind the scenes but on track, it was Chris Buescher who has been RFK Racing’s star. The driver of the no. 17 won two consecutive races at Richmond and Michigan. At the final race of the regular season, the 30-year-old won at Daytona with his teammate and boss finishing in second.

For Brad Keselowski, things are not looking good at the moment. The co-owner of RFK Racing cannot afford any mistakes on track, mechanical issues, or poor pitstops. The driver of the no. 6 said that he was surprised that he did not fall below the cutline after the events at Talladega.

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Brad Keselowski sets his sights on Roval glory

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Brad Keselowski crashed during the race at the Talladega Superspeedway and was forced to retire from the event. The 15 points he scored during the race were enough to barely keep him above the cutline ahead of the Roval. The veteran racer expressed his surprise at the situation in a recent interview.

“Yes, pleasantly surprised,” Keselowski said when asked about his points situation as per Speedway Media. “It was probably more just a bigger kick in the pants that if I could have just finished that race off we’d have had a huge advantage over the cut line, but you take it in stride and you try to move forward.”

“You cannot sit and dwell in this sport. You’ve got to move forward and outside of being here in Iowa to announce the event, it’s all hands on deck to be the best we can be at the Roval,” he added.

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Brad Keselowski will have to bring his A-game to the Roval if he wants to make it through to the round of 8. Will the veteran race car driver be able to get the job done at the road course? Let us know what you feel.

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Nilavro Ghosh

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Nilavro Ghosh is a NASCAR Author at EssentiallySports. After completing his undergrad in the field, he has been a full-time journalist for the past three years. He started his journey as a motorsports fan with MotoGP and Formula One, before gravitating towards NASCAR.
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