“We’re in a Must-Win Situation” – Chris Buescher on His Playoff Hopes Ahead of Coke Zero Sugar 400

Published 08/26/2021, 4:30 AM EDT
HAMPTON, GA – FEBRUARY 23: Chris Buescher, driver of the #37 Scott Comfort Plus Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 23, 2019 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


This weekend is the NASCAR Coke Zero Sugar 400 at the Daytona International Speedway. Additionally, this is also the final race in the regular season before the playoffs kick off. In the buildup to the race weekend, Chris Buescher spoke about his playoff hopes from 17th in the championship.

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In a recent conversation, he talked about some of the changes made to the Daytona International Speedway. According to him, the authorities have been taking steps to make things safer. In other words, the drivers’ well-being takes top priority, especially in the event of a crash.

Later on, he talked about his hopes for making the 2021 Cup Series playoffs. He said, “The current scenario that’s got me more intrigued is, we’re in a must-win situation. We pretty much figured it for a few weeks now. I look at the standings, where everyone’s at and looking at two driver’s teammates racing on a conservative points situation. Then you have everyone who is locked in, going for those Playoff points.”

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What else did Chris Buescher say?

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The driver confessed that he does not know what package his team is bringing to Daytona. At the end of the day, this is his last opportunity to snatch a Playoff berth, especially since he is right on the bubble.

Thus, he will try to be aggressive while making moves. However, he admitted that he will have to work on trying to channel the aggression while blocking. According to him, it has been difficult adjusting, but he knows that he has to step up his efforts.

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)

In other words, if Buescher finds an opportunity, he has to try and grab it with both hands. He cannot afford to hang back and play it safe, because his rivals will be just as aggressive and eager. Obviously, he does not like to wreck other cars, but desperate times call for desperate measures, and he needs to step it up.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst 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.

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