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FireKeepers Casino 400: Chris Buescher Goes Back-to-Back with Michigan Win


RFK Racing celebrates Chris Buescher's second consecutive win in the NASCAR Cup Series. (Photo: Jonathan Bachman | Getty Images)

BROOKLYN, Mich. - RFK Racing's Chris Buescher and his No. 17 team earned their second straight NASCAR Cup Series win after leading 52 laps in the weather-delayed FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.


This marks the first time Buescher has won back-to-back races in his Cup Series career. He won the Cook Out 400 at Richmond on July 30 after a strategy call played in his favor.


Now, Buescher has four career wins at NASCAR's top level, with three of those coming in the last 31 races.


"Thank you for all at fans that hung out here on Monday with us, it’s awesome," Buescher said. "Glad we got to get this whole thing in. I know it’s been a long weekend. This Castrol Mustang was so good in practice, qualifying. Gave me a great car again. Had to work for that one too, hard racing at the end.


"We’ve got work to do yet. That’s massive progress right there for us to do at two vastly different racetracks. We got road races coming up. I’m excited for those, too. And Daytona. I look at the schedule we have ahead of us. This is a heck of a time to get turned on and get rolling."


Buescher's boss and teammate Brad Keselowski also had an impressive day, finishing fourth in the No. 6 Ford Mustang.


"Really happy for all the folks at Castrol, RFK," Keselowski said. "There’s a lot of work going on here. We’re digging deep, getting the results. I’m so thankful and proud for everyone at RFK."


NASCAR was very close to seeing yet another Monday Martin Truex Jr. win, but unfortunately for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver, 55 points, two stage wins and a second-place finish will have to do.


"We had an unbelievable car today. Hats off to everybody that puts in the work on these things. Toyota TRD, Bass Pro, Reser’s, everybody that supports us," Truex Jr. said. "It was a rocket. The leader in clean air is really, really hard to pass. Just didn’t quite have enough. All in all, a good day."


Results from the rain-delayed 2023 FireKeepers Casino 400 are listed below.

Other Race Facts

With Chris Buescher's back-to-back wins, this marks the first time since 2010 that RFK Racing has won consecutive races in the NASCAR Cup Series. It also marks the first time since 2009 when the RFK Racing No. 17 team has gone to Victory Lane in back-to-back races.


Ford domination at Michigan International Speedway continued on Monday as the Blue Ovals have won nine straight races at the track.


A driver winning back-to-back at Richmond and Michigan has happened two years in a row. Kevin Harvick did it in 2022 and now Buescher has done it in 2023. Coincidentally, both drivers were driving a Ford.


Ty Gibbs finished 11th and now sits as the last driver in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.


If the postseason started today, Toyota would have all six full-time drivers qualify for the playoffs. Gibbs would also be the first rookie driver to point his way into the playoffs since Chase Elliott in 2016.


Although Gibbs had a solid points day at Michigan, he still felt some disappointment about his performance and thought a better result was possible.


“Yeah, I feel like we had a great Monster Energy Toyota Camry TRD," Gibbs said. "I just didn’t do my job. I didn’t execute. I need to do a better job – be smarter, better race craft. I don’t know if that’s more studying or what. Just didn’t do a good job today. I appreciate all of the team effort. We had a great car – I just didn’t do my job.”


After completing over 20,000 laps in his Cup Series career in 93 races, Josh Bilicki finally led his first career lap.


16 different drivers led at least one lap during the FireKeepers Casino 400.


GRID Ranking

The 2023 GRID Ranking is the seventh year of the world's premier motorsport ranking and was initially released on Sunday, April 2.


Drivers in the seven racing series participating in the ranking (NASCAR, IndyCar, Formula 1, Formula E, World Rally Championship, Repco Supercars, MotoGP) have earned GRID Ratings, which helped determine their seeding during Week 18 of the 2023 GRID Ranking.

DRIVER

OLD RATING

PREVIOUS RANKING

MOST RECENT FINISH

NEW RATING

NEW RANKING

Martin Truex Jr.

11.13

19th

2nd

11.77

17th

William Byron

11.32

18th

35th

10.83

20th

Kyle Busch

10.93

20th

37th

10.46

21st

Kyle Larson

9.88

25th

5th

10.08

24th

Denny Hamlin

9.49

29th

3rd

10.02

26th

Week 19 of the GRID Ranking:

The next race on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course. Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC.


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