After being all but a laughing stock for most of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season, Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing has picked up the pace a bit in recent times. This was especially evident this past weekend at Richmond Raceway when RFKR’s Chris Buescher finished an impressive third and was in contention to earn the company’s first win of 2022 in the closing laps.
Another bright spot for RFKR this season has been the road courses – especially the last three, where Buescher has finished 10th, sixth and second, respectively. So based on recent improvements and especially the success on road courses, Buescher is understandably upbeat about RFKR’s chances to pull off an upset victory on Sunday at Watkins Glen – the most tenured road course on the Cup schedule. Such an outcome would likely guarantee him or team owner/teammate Brad Keselowski an unlikely berth in the Cup Series playoffs.
“It took us a few months, but we’ve had three or maybe four months now of really solid runs, really good speed,” Buescher said. “We’ve had some bad luck, had some mistakes that I’ve got to clean up. We’ve made progress through all of it. The results don’t always show it. We were running really well at the (Coca-Cola) 600 and we ended up upside down. There’s no doubt in my mind we could have competed for a win at the Indy road course, and we were on fire. We’re making highlight reels for all the wrong reasons. We’ve been fast in those processes, though. We just have to put it all together to show those results like we did at Richmond.”