Buescher back in Cup car for Watkins Glen

NASCAR XFINITY Series points leader Chris Buescher will return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this weekend at Watkins Glen International for Front Row Motorsports.

The Bob Jenkins-owned team also announced that Bully Hill Vineyards would be the primary sponsor on Buescher's No. 34 Ford for Sunday's Cheez-it 355 at The Glen (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM). The Hammondsport, New York-based winery has been a longtime backer of Watkins Glen's races and competitors.

Buescher, 22, drove Front Row's No. 34 in five races earlier this season, with a best finish of 20th in his Sprint Cup debut in March at Auto Club Speedway. He steps in for Brett Moffitt, who has been behind the wheel of the No. 34 for the last five races.

David Ragan started the year in the Front Row No. 34, finishing 17th in the Daytona 500. But his departure for an interim role at Joe Gibbs Racing as a substitute for the injured Kyle Busch touched off a carousel of driver shuffling in the seat. Six drivers have wheeled the No. 34 in 2015 — Moffitt for 12 races, Buescher for five, and one race each for Ragan, Joe Nemechek, Reed Sorenson and Justin Marks.

Buescher has had a measure of success at road courses, claiming his first XFINITY victory last year at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. He enters a crucial stretch for XFINITY Series regulars, facing three road courses in the tour's next four races.

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