During the telecast of the NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway on Sunday, NBC Sports Analyst Dale Earnhardt Jr. chose to refer to the driver known as Chris Buescher as “Christopher.”
It’s a Christopher like Christopher Bell who was never known as Chris.
Admittedly, it’s a bit confusing. But Buescher said Wednesday that he enjoyed Earnhardt’s epic match. He added that his mother was especially pleased.
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“Until now, my wife called me Christopher when I was in trouble, but I think the happiest person right now is my mom,” she said. and the fact that I finally got rid of the short name I used a long time ago. I was still writing my name, date, and everything else at the top of an assignment at school, and all the other kids had done it.
“So I had to keep it short. It always bothered her just a little bit, so I think she was happy to see it changing all over the place.”
And what does he like?
“At this point, I don’t mind if anyone calls me Christopher or Chris,” he said. “I’ve been told I’m bad all along.”
Buescher, who finished third at Richmond Raceway last Sunday, said his surname caused a lot of problems during his racing days.
“I don’t think it’s realistic to try to change the name at this point,” he said. “For probably nearly 15 years, I’ve tried very hard to get my name pronounced Buescher correctly between ARCA and NASCAR races. And it’s enough just to try to figure it out. Change spelling I didn’t, I’m just trying to get it pronounced correctly, so if you’re trying to add a lot of letters to your name right now, it’s going to be hard to get everyone on board.
Buescher’s bigger challenge is making it to the cup playoffs. A shot would require a win at his Glen at Watkins on Sunday (3pm ET) or his International Speedway at Daytona next week.
Buescher has generally run well on the road course, but has had problems at Watkins Glen, where his career best is 11th (2017).
“I feel really strong about our opportunities and opportunities,” he said. “I know what we have been able to do as an organisation, and what we have been able to do behind the wheel at some other road courses, but Watkins Glen is also one of the racers that are sensitive to track position. In the meantime, I don’t think there will be any changes this year.
“So we get a certain amount of track (positions) early, we run some strong strategies and we are 15th or 20th deep,” he said. “Trying to find a way to pass all these cars is really hard right now. Track position is very important and Glenn has historically been one of the worst road courses in that regard. It’s one.”