(TOLEDO, Ohio - July 3, 2012) - If the smiles from Roulo Brothers Racing teammates Chris Buescher and Brandon Davis make them appear to be a happy pair of drivers, who can blame them? Through two races in pursuit of the Bill France Four Crown, the two lead the way in a convincing manner.
That's due, of course, Buescher (No. 17 Roulo Brothers Racing Ford) and Davis (No. 99 Roulo Brothers Racing Ford) finishing third and fourth at New Jersey Motorsports Park Sunday, just weeks after both posted top-five finishes at Michigan International Speedway.
Buescher leads with 390 points to 365 for Davis. Frank Kimmel is third with 340 points and Alex Bowman has 335 points. Last season, Four Crown winner Chad McCumbee finished in the top 10 in each of the four events, something only the top three drivers have a chance of doing this year.
Buescher was happy to have another chance at the New Jersey road course, where he also finished third in 2010.
"It was a lot of fun," he said. "The Roulo Brothers did a nice job, coming home third and fourth with Brandon. It was a lot of fun racing with him. I knew he'd be really quick there. I always love coming to New Jersey. Each year, it's something different. It's like the dirt. We get to break it up and try something different. You know, we ran really well again. We've had good runs every year."
Now second in the point standings, Buescher is looking forward to having Davis as his teammate in several upcoming races.
"We're going to have some good cars coming," Buescher said. "We've got a good piece for Iowa and Brandon is going to come run with us as well, at the first two of those. I'm looking forward to them. We'll be really competitive at all three. I'll take this off week and try to relax and catch up a little bit and go enjoy the Fourth of July."
After a career-high fifth-place finish at Michigan 16 days earlier, Davis finished fourth Sunday at New Jersey. Like many drivers, he experienced extreme heat conditions.
"It got real hot," he said, clutching a large sports drink just after exiting his car on pit road. "My feet were burning and it was kind of hard to see straight there. These guys made a call, and it didn't quite work out. We had too many yellows for it to work, but that's racing and we took a shot at it. It was a good day. Obviously, we would have liked to come away with a win. It didn't work out and we'll move on to the next one."
Davis had a shot at third over Buescher, but his teammate passed him with under five laps to go as they ran about five seconds behind the lead duo of Chase Elliott and Andrew Ranger.
"Chris was coming hard," Davis said. "They told me he was on fresh tires and I tried to hold him off as long as I could. These cars, you just work so much and I gave everything I had left but he was able to go past me. He's a great teammate. I'm happy for him and I know he's got to be close to the points lead. Overall, it's a good day."
The next race in the Bill France Four Crown Award chase will take place Sunday, August 19, on the dirt mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The Four Crown pursuit will conclude Saturday, September 15 at Salem Speedway. Though Buescher did not win on the Springfield dirt last season, he did win the year's other dirt race in DuQuoin, Ill. He also won last fall's race at Salem.