BROOKLYN, Mich. – Parents always want what’s best for their child, but Chris BuescherDuring this roller coaster, parents want something else for him.
While RFK’s racing driver had some solid results, it was his stuntman-like escapes that got the most attention this year.
He was the first driver to roll a Next Gen car.swinging 4 1/2 times in Coca-Cola 600.
He remained in his car after it caught fire in Indianapolis last weekend. He lost in two rounds and finished 10th.
“My parents texted me after that text,” Busher said Saturday. “They said you might deserve accident pay.”
It’s been that kind of season for Buscher. He missed the race after testing positive for Covid-19. Boucher enters Sunday’s Cup race at Michigan International Speedway (3 p.m. ET on USA Network) looking for a win to make the playoffs.
He’s been strong on road courses this season, but didn’t have much of a chance last week after his burnout.
Boucher said white smoke came from the right-hand side gate as he entered pit lane for his scheduled pit stop shortly before the end of the opening stage.
Early in the run, contact around the door flushed the exhaust pipes. The car’s fumes burned part of the door.
“I did,” said Boucher. “When we get to pit road, I think the delay and maybe the (plumbing) volcano, the fire that comes out when we get to pit road, will eventually burn it down.”
Smoke turned black inside the car as Buescher went down pit road. He said he had a “split second” to get out of the car before the flames went out.
“We are not representatives,” Busher said. “We’re going to keep going and get the best we can every week.”
Buscher’s car wasn’t the only one that caught fire at Indy last weekend. Joey Logano At the end of the race, there was a fire in the car.
“It looks like the same thing that happened to my car happened to Buscher’s car, the exhaust was pushed back into the rocker and melted the panels around there and lit the bubble in the door,” Logano said Saturday at Michigan. “So, obviously, we have to look at that. Learning Curves in Racing Cars.”
This is not the first car fire this year. Tyler Reddick It was the same during a test in Kansas in March. Reddick said the problem came from the underbody of the exhaust making contact with the rocker panels. It created a hole and sent debris and dust into his eyes.
“The breathing was terrible,” Reddick said.
“That’s a mentally tough guy,” Redick said when asked about Busher staying in the car and then disappearing.
He didn’t want to get out of his car last week because of how strong Buescher is.
“We’ve had three months with really good speed, good improvements against RFK,” said Buescher, who has three top-10s in the past seven races.
“It’s hard. We can see it within ourselves where we are, but for most racing fans it’s hard to see when they look at the results and we haven’t won a race yet. I think the top 10 was a great performance at Indy where we did our best.