Team: #17 Ford Mustang Socios
Team Leader: Scott Graves
Twitter: @RFK17Team, @RFKRacing and @Chris_Buescher
Race format: 400.2 miles, 293 laps, Stages: 90-95-108
NCS Race at Darlington – Sunday, May 8 at 3:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM Channel 90
The weekend at Darlington includes a practice session followed by group qualifying, where the 10 fastest cars from Group 1 will transfer to the final round and race for pole.
Buescher at Darlington Racecourse
· Buescher is set for his 10th Cup start since Darlington where he has just finished back-to-back top 10 finishes. He ran ninth in both events last season, improving his overall average to 17.6.
Prior to last season, Buescher’s best finish was 12th (Fall 2019 race).
· He carries an average starting position of 23.3 with a best starting position of 11th that came in last season’s spring race.
Buescher also made four Xfinity starts at Darlington with a fifth-place finish in 2015.
Scott Graves at Darlington Racecourse
· Graves will be on the box for his 10th Darlington Cup event where he is averaging 19.6 with a top-10 finish.
Graves led Ryan Newman to a 10th place finish in last season’s spring race after starting 20th, and has also finished in the top 15 five times in a row.
Graves has also called three Xfinity events – two with Buescher – with a career third-place finish in 2016 with Daniel Suarez.
Buescher on the race at Darlington:
“Darlington is a really fun track, and the whole weekend itself is really special with all the stuff going on. We ourselves have a really cool memory of our friend Matt Kenseth, and we feel really good in the direction we are headed for the weekend Dover has been a blast for us – although we are not happy – and we know we have more in the tank to keep pushing things forward and keep improving .
Buescher finished eighth at Dover on Monday, his career-best finish at the Monster Mile and the third top 10 finish of 2022 after leading the field to green on Sunday, his first career NASCAR pole.
In the car
Socios – the leading blockchain platform for the global sports and entertainment industry – returns as RFK’s 2022 premier partner on both Ford Mustangs this weekend at Darlington. The company originally joined RFK in 2021 as the two-car lead partner at Watkins Glen.
This season, Socios had content centered around the annual Darlington Throwback weekend and allowed fans to vote on their favorite gear and appearance for that weekend’s teams in South Carolina. Buescher and the No. 17 team will return to the iconic Dewalt program that Matt Kenseth performed in 2004.
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