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Keeping it in the (Ford) family, the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion, Chris Buescher, will be moving to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with Front Row Motorsports. The team announced a technical alliance with Roush Fenway Racing, opening the door for Buescher to join the team in NASCAR’s premier series. Although Buescher is staying with Ford, he recognizes the obstacles he will face moving to a new team. “There’s always challenges when you move and that will remain the same,” Buescher said. “You see it with anybody moving up to Sprint Cup Series, and I don’t care what ride it’s in. There’s going to be a learning curve that’s going to have to take place. It won’t be easy, but it will be fun, it will interesting and I’m excited to learn with a new group.” Buescher had an impressive 2015, capping it with the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship. He outlasted Chase Elliott, who became the youngest series champion when he won the title in 2014. Elliott was the fi rst of this group to make it known he would running in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Following Jeff Gordon’s announcement that he would retire after the 2015 season, Hendrick Motorsports named Elliott as the successor in the No. 24 Chevrolet. “My parents especially have believed in me every step of the way, and I know this wouldn’t be possible without all the sacrifi ces they’ve made to focus on my racing career,” Elliott said. “This is such a big week for our family. I know how rare this opportunity is and will work as hard as I can to make everyone proud.” Like everyone else in this class, Elliott has limited success in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He made fi ve starts for Hendrick Motorsports in 2015, with his best fi nish being 16th at Richmond International Raceway in April. Elliott hopes that his experience, coupled with the team he is joining, will be enough to earn him a berth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. “The 24 team in particular has a lot of great guys,” Elliott said. “If I can do my job we have shot there in this year’s Chase.” Brian Scott (No. 2) led Chase Elliott (No. 9) during the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Darlington Raceway in September. Chase Elliott will replace Jeff Gordon in the iconic No. 24 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. After splitting time between the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2015, Ryan Blaney will run full-time for Wood Brothers Racing in the Sprint Cup Series in 2016. “This is such a big week for our family. I know how rare this opportunity is and will work as hard as I can to make everyone proud.” — Chase Elliott, Driver of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 110 ANTHEM MOTORSPORTS ANNUAL


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