After months of speculation, JTG Daugherty Racing announced on Tuesday that they would be fielding a second full-time team in the Cup Series next season with 2015 XFINITY Series Champion Chris Buescher behind the wheel.
Team owner Tad Geschickter confirmed the move today, saying, “We can confirm at this time that JTG Daugherty Racing is currently in the process of starting a second team in the NASCAR premier series. We would also like to confirm and welcome Chris Buescher to the team as our driver for the second car.”
Buescher shocked the NASCAR world this past season by winning the Pennsylvania 400 in August for Front Row Motorsports, securing his and the team’s first ever Chase for the Sprint Cup berth. In his rookie season of competition last year, he scored a win and seven top-20 finishes en route to finishing 16th in points.
Buescher released the following statement regarding the move to JTG Daugherty Racing.
“I can confirm that I have signed to race for JTG Daugherty Racing as they expand to a two-car team in the NASCAR premier series in 2017. I’m thankful for the opportunity and look forward to competing for a spot in the Chase.”
Buescher will be guaranteed to make the field in every Cup Series race in 2017 as JTG secured the charter from Roush Fenway Racing and the No. 16 team.
This will mark JTG Daugherty Racing’s first time entering two cars on a weekly basis since joining the Sprint Cup Series in 2009 with Marcos Ambrose. Through the years, the organization has won one race and scored 11 top-10s in 288 starts. This past season, they led A.J. Allmendinger to two top-fives and five top-10s en route to finishing 26th in points. Allmendinger has already confirmed he will be back with the team in 2017.
No details have been released regarding crew chief, sponsorship, and car number for the second JTG entry at this time.
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