Xfinity points leader Chris Buescher is not in a hurry to get where he’s going

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In September 1992, country music band Alabama released its hit single, “I’m in a hurry (and I don’t know why).”

One month later, Chris Buescher was born.

Fast-forward to today and the Prosper, Texas, native is in the middle of his second Xfinity season. He leads the points, has earned three series wins heading into tonight’s race at Daytona International Speedway on NBCSN, and enjoyed a five-race stint earlier this year in the Sprint Cup Series as a replacement driver for Front Row Motorsports.

Despite that, the Roush Fenway Racing driver is not in a hurry to get to Cup and he knows exactly why.

“I have looked back through the years and you see guys and girls come up too quickly and maybe not in their minds – at the time they maybe thought it was the right move – but it seemed like more often than not if you got rushed into the next level and weren’t ready, that was your one shot,” Buescher said.

“I can think of several (drivers) in my head,  but I don’t want to call anybody out on it. I like the pace we have gone and it has been comfortable.”

Buescher’s lack of a rush is in contrast to that of Ty Dillon, who is second in points to Buescher. Despite only having one win in two seasons in the Xfinity Series (Indianapolis, 2014), Dillon and Childress are frequently asked when he will be in a full-time Cup ride.

“I think my progression through stock car racing has been a little bit slower than a lot of guys that are racing or have been racing, and I am okay with that,” Buescher said. “I like being able to get a lot of experience in each series before I transition into the next level.”

Buescher debuted in the Xfinity Series part-time in 2013 after spending four years and two full-time seasons in the ARCA Series, where he raced for the Roulo Brothers and earned 10 wins by 2013. By his last full season, Buescher, at 19, was joking with ARCA driver Frank Kimmel that they were the two veterans in the garage.

Kimmel is 53.

“I can count on one hand the amount of late model races I ran and on the other the amount of ASA Truck races I ran,” Buescher said. “That was the extent of my big car experience before ARCA. It was a big learning curve, but I feel like the amount of time spent there and what I learned with the Roulo Brothers carried over into the Xfinity side.”

Buescher said the plan to “take it easy” as his career escalated has been in place from the start. It also helps that the 22-year-old driver is learning with a solid foundation at Roush. Meanwhile, Dillon enters Saturday’s Firecracker 250 at Daytona with a new crew chief, Nick Harrison, after a mid-season swap.

“There is a comfort level from our side knowing we have a good group of guys that have been together since the beginning of last year,” said Buescher, who works with crew chief Scott Graves. “The majority of them are the same people. We had a couple guys come off the road due to building families but it has been neat to have a group of guys and build that chemistry and they have done a great job.”

Buescher’s doesn’t have anymore Sprint Cup races scheduled for this year and probably won’t know for several months what his plans are for 2016.

But with an Xfinity championship on the line, why start rushing now?

Saturday Las Vegas Xfinity race: Start time, TV channel

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The NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs get underway with the Saturday Xfinity race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The race is the first of seven to determine the champion.

Chase Briscoe is on the pole after his win last weekend at Bristol

Here is all the info for the Saturday Las Vegas Xfinity race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be given at 7:38 p.m by Cup driver Bubba Wallace. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 7:47 p.m.

PRERACE: Garage access health screening begins at 1 p.m. Drivers report to their cars at 7:20 p.m. The invocation will be given at 7:30 p.m. by Motor Racing Outreach Chaplain, Billy Mauldin. The national anthem will be performed by Mackenzie Mackey at 7:31 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 200 laps (300 miles) around the 1.5-mile track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 45. Stage 2 ends on Lap 90.

TV/RADIO: Coverage begins on NBCSN with Countdown to Green at 7 p.m. Race broadcast begins at 7:30 p.m. Performance Racing Network’s radio coverage will begin at 7 p.m.. and also can be heard at goprn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the broadcast.

STREAMING: Watch the race on the NBC Sports App. Click here for the link.

FORECAST: The wunderground.com forecast calls for clear skies with a high of 98 degrees and no chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST RACE: Chase Briscoe beat Ross Chastain and Austin Cindric at Bristol.

LAST RACE AT LAS VEGAS: Chase Briscoe beat Austin Cindric and Ryan Sieg for the win in February.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for Xfinity starting lineup

Results, point standings after Truck race at Las Vegas

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Austin Hill won Friday night’s Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for his second win of 2020.

He beat Sheldon Creed for the victory.

The top five was completed by Tanner Gray, Stewart Friesen and Chandler Smith.

IndyCar driver Conor Daly finished 18th and Travis Pastrana was 21st.

Click here for the race results.

Point Standings

With his win, Austin Hill is the first driver to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

Todd Gilliland is last in the playoff standings with 2,050 points. He is 13 points behind Ben Rhodes.

Click here for the standings.

Austin Hill wins Las Vegas Truck race

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Austin Hill won Friday night’s Truck Series playoff race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, leading the final 39 laps to score the victory.

Hill took the lead on a restart and held off charges from Sheldon Creed over the final 20 laps.

Creed’s progress was slowed with 11 laps to go when he got loose and scraped the wall in Turn 1. He was never able to get close enough to Hill to make a challenge.

Creed dominated the early portion of the race, leading 89 laps before he struggled to get going on the final restart and briefly fell to seventh.

The win is the second of the year for Hill. He’s the first playoff driver to win in the postseason and it come after he finished 25th at Bristol.

“We didn’t have the best truck tonight by no means,” Hill told FS1. “Pit crew did a hell of job on that last pit stop getting me into the position I needed to. I just had to go out there and get it. … Sheldon was definitely way faster than me. … I was probably looking in my mirror more than I was our front. I knew he was better than we were.”

The top five was completed by Tanner Gray, Stewart Friesen and Chandler Smith.

More: Race results and point standings

STAGE 1 WINNER: Sheldon Creed

STAGE 2 WINNER: Sheldon Creed

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Tanner Gray, Stewart Friesen and Chandler Smith all matched their best results of the season … While he was the first driver to finish one lap down, IndyCar driver Conor Daly placed 18th in his first career Truck Series start … Travis Pastrana placed 21st in his second start of the season.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Rachael Lessard finished 20th after he had to pit early in the race following contact with the wall … Ben Rhodes finished 23rd after he spun from contact with Stewart Friesen and hit the inside wall on Lap 84 … Jordan Anderson’s engine expired on the ensuing restart. He finished 32nd.

NOTABLE: Natalie Decker, who was not medically cleared to compete Friday night, was treated and released from the infield care center.

WHAT’S NEXT: Race at Talladega Superspeedway, 1 p.m. ET Oct. 3 on FS1

 

Natalie Decker not medically cleared for Las Vegas Truck race

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NASCAR announced right before Friday night’s Truck Series race that Natalie Decker hadn’t been medically cleared to compete.

No details were provided about the issue that prevented Decker from being cleared. During the final stage of the race, NASCAR announced she had been treated and released from the infield medical center.

The Niece Motorsports driver would have started 23rd. Due to her No. 44 truck having cleared inspection and having been placed on the starting grid she was credited with a last-place finish.

Decker has made 11 starts this year. She missed the June 28 race at Pocono after she was hospitalized due to bile duct complications related to her gallbladder removal in December.

Decker provided this update Saturday morning.