It took a late caution for the field to catch Chase Elliott, but Chris Buescher took advantage of the opportunity to clinch his first win of the season. Buescher secured the second win of the season for Roush-Fenway Racing in the 3M 250 at Iowa Speedway, joining Ryan Reed as the only full-time Xfinity drivers to win a race in the series this year.
Elliott, the 2014 Xfinity champion, was out front by over four seconds with just two laps remaining when the caution flag waved. That set up another green-white-checkered finish just two days after a similar situation in the Camping World Trucks Series race on Friday night. That one also ended in memorable fashion.
That gave Buescher a chance to head to pit road and get fresh tires along with topping off his fuel. On the restart, Buescher would pounce on Elliott and never look back to win just the second race of his career.
The performance in the stand-alone Xfinity event led 2014 Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick to take notice.
Iowa speedway needs a cup race.
— Kevin Harvick (@KevinHarvick) May 17, 2015
Not only was it his first victory of the 2015 season, but it also propelled Buescher to the top of the Xfinity standings. The RFR driver is eight points ahead of Ty Dillon while Elliott sits 31 points out of first place after finishing second in Iowa.
While NASCAR fans didn’t get much excitement out of the Sprint All-Star race, the Xfinity and Trucks Series races more than made up for it. Heading into Charlotte next weekend, the second-tier series has a chance to steal the show again on Saturday before the Coca-Cola 600.
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