Monday, December 18, 2017
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Chris Buescher takes first Nationwide series victory

LEXINGTON, Ohio — As the laps dwindled, Chris Buescher's anxiety rose.

The 21-year-old rookie led the NASCAR Nationwide series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course — aiming for his first series win — but was running out of fuel.

"I was really focusing on taking deep breaths at that point," Buescher said about the final laps of Saturday's Nationwide Children's Hospital 200. "I found myself on every straightaway just telling myself to relax a little bit."

Buescher took the lead on Lap 68 of 90 and sipped fuel the rest of the way to hold off Regan Smith and Brian Scott.

Buescher took the lead from Brendan Gaughan and weathered a restart.

"It was nerve wracking to say the least," Buescher said.

Trucks: Johnny Sauter earned his first victory of the season, holding off ThorSport Racing teammate Matt Crafton to win the Careers for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Sauter also took the points lead. Pole-sitter Ryan Blaney finished 21st and dropped from first place to third with 432 points, behind Sauter (448), who led 21 of 100 laps including the final four, and Crafton (439).

IndyCar: Series leader Will Power earned the pole for today's Wisconsin 250 at the Milwaukee Mile with a lap at 169.262 mph. Also, Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing will merge for next season to become a two-car operation, CFH Racing. And the Indianapolis Star reported that Ryan Hunter-Reay will re-sign with Andretti Autosport, with details to be announced today.

NHRA: Antron Brown led Top Fuel qualifying with a run of 3.81 seconds at 318.77 mph at the Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd, Minn. John Force (Funny Car) and Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) also led heading into today's eliminations.

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