Chris Buescher anticipates he will be back with JTG Daugherty Racing next season, which would remove his name from NASCAR’s free agent feeding frenzy that began this week.
While Matt Kenseth won’t return to Joe Gibbs Racing and Erik Jones will take his place next year, the driver of the No. 37 Chevrolet told “The Morning Drive” on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that his own “silly season” should be stress free.
“It’s coming along,” Buescher said. “We’re in the process, we’re trying to get everything ironed out and be able to move forward. The plan right now is to try and do the same thing next year with JTG Daugherty. Obviously, it’s a little early and this has been one of the wilder silly seasons right off the bat that I can remember. I think for us it’s going to be a pretty easy one. I think we’re trying to get everything squared away on some detail stuff right now.”
Buescher, in his second full-time season in the Cup Series, is on loan to JTG Daugherty Racing from Roush Fenway Racing. Buescher has been with Roush since 2009 and won the 2015 Xfinity title with them. JTG Daugherty Racing, which also fields the No. 47 of AJ Allmendinger, leased a charter from Roush in order to run Buescher’s car.
The charter must be returned to Roush or purchased after this season. Roush does have charters for two other cars it could lease to the team as an option.
Buescher’s comments about his future come after Roush Fenway Racing president Steve Newmark said earlier this month it plans to stick with two Cup cars and one Xfinity car next season.
“Obviously, the way we’re structured right now Ricky (Stenhouse Jr.) and Trevor (Bayne) are the anchors of this organization,’’ Newmark said. “That’s going to be our focus. My hope is that five years from now those guys are the grizzly old veterans of the sport at that point.
“Chris has done a great job. We’re fortunate that he and Tad (Geschickter, owner of JTG Daugherty) have struck up a great relationship and he’s getting some great experience there.’’
Buescher is 26th in the points standings this season. He has one top 10, earned two weeks ago at Daytona when he placed 10th.
It was his second top-10 finish since winning last August’s fog and rain-shortened race at Pocono Raceway for Front Row Motorsports. He was on loan to that organization last year.