Roush Fenway duo ready for Darlington – MRN
Teammates Ryan Newman and Chris Buescher both plan to have a great day at the Goodyear 400 on Sunday at Darlington Raceway (3:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MNR).
The Roush Fenway Racing duo have teamed up for a mix of performance in the 11 opening races of the NASCAR Cup Series. Buescher enters Darlington 15th in the series with a pair of Top 10 standings to his name, the latest coming last weekend at Kansas Speedway.
He will make his eighth career start at Darlington on Sunday, a track which, despite averaging 20th since 2016, he considers one of his favorites.
“Darlington is probably my second favorite track behind just Bristol, so racing there has always been fun for me, although it brings its own unique set of challenges,” Buescher explained.
“Tire wear is obviously king there, and keeping the car off the wall is also key, with a long race requiring your best late equipment. We didn’t do so well last season at Darlington so our hope is to turn things around and have another good day on Sunday in the fifth third Ford.
Veteran Crew Chief Luke Lambert will call Buescher. Lambert will call his 11th Cup race at Darlington on Sunday. In 10 previous starts, he has an average finish of 19.6 with three top 10s, all accompanied by Ryan Newman. They ran 10th in 2014, then finished eighth and seventh in 2016 and 17th.
Speaking of Newman, Darlington’s No.25 career start will come for the veteran on Sunday. In 24 previous starts, Newman has 13 top 10s, seven of which were in the top five. He led 339 laps at “The Lady in Black” with a better finish of second in his very first Southern 500 in 2002.
Newman arrives on “The Track Too Hard to Tame” after rallying for a 16th place finish in Kansas a week ago. He’s slipped to 20th in the series standings, but he’s optimistic things will go in a better direction on Sunday as part of “Throwback Weekend”.
“I am always delighted to return to Darlington which is my favorite track and the one that matches my favorite style of racing,” he said. “We had three good finishes there in three tries a season ago, so I think we’re on our way to finding the right setup for 400 miles.
“Seeing all the different flashbacks for this race is always something different to experience, and we’re proud to take a unique throwback with Kohler going back to his early racing roots with a ’70s program.”