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LONG POND, Pa. Custom Cincinnati Reds Nike Jerseys . -- Chris Buescher has spent 2016 living a season to forget.What was there to remember? That scary flip at Talladega amid several hard wrecks in restrictor-plate events? He spent the first 20 weeks with no top-10 finishes while driving cars that obviously needed work; he had failed to qualify in the top 20 all year.Through it all, Buescher persevered, in many ways with performances that justified his being under the radar, except when his car went airborne at Talladega.Funny thing is, what was under the radar allowed Buescher to have a day to remember Monday in the Pennsylvania 400 to earn his first career Sprint Cup win.Buescher, 22, had to wait 80 minutes after NASCAR declared a red flag for fog Monday afternoon at Pocono Raceway. With threats of severe weather and no lifting of the fog, NASCAR decided to end the race with just over 21 laps remaining.Buescher was one of two drivers -- third-place Regan Smith was the other -- who had not yet made a final pit stop when the fog forced NASCAR to throw the caution on Lap 132 and then the red flag just before the drivers came to the line to complete Lap 139.Everyone else had to pit for fuel or assumed the race would go longer. They could see rain a little further out but couldnt predict the under-the-radar fog.So a quiet driver ended up in a quiet Victory Lane in a garage since NASCAR couldnt use the real Victory Lane because of the threat of lightning. It was a somewhat appropriate venue for a feel-good story for a driver who seems to savor getting behind the wheel and competing, whether hes running for 20th or for the lead.This is going to stir up our whole year. ... Its not going to [sink in] for a while, Buescher said of the win, which came in his 27th career Sprint Cup start. It doesnt even feel real right now. Its so quiet in here. Were not even in the real Victory Lane. Were having to seek shelter. It was a pretty wild event.The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook had Buescher at 1,000-to-1 to win the race. He is the first rookie to win a Cup race since Joey Logano did it in 2009.I hope somebody bet on us and made out really well, Buescher said. It would be awesome for them. We faced pretty steep odds coming into this one. ... You take advantage of every situation thats presented to you, and thats what we did today.The win could put Buescher in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, as he sits six points behind 30th-place David Ragan in the Sprint Cup standings. A driver has to be in the top 30 to qualify for the Chase via a race victory. Ragan posted the first Front Row Motorsports victory at Talladega Superspeedway in May 2013, and now Buescher has the second.Were in the hunt, Buescher said. We can definitely handle this now. We can get into this Chase now. Well go do it the same way weve been doing. ... Weve been heading in the right direction.While Buescher pulled off the upset, many in the garage will see it as a just victory in the racing world. Buescher is well-respected not only for winning the 2015 Xfinity Series title but also because he took the chance to get Sprint Cup experience knowing he would drive for an underfunded, underdog team that likely would produce few top-10s, let alone victories.The key [for young drivers] is to make the most of your opportunities, said second-place finisher Brad Keselowski. Chris is a master of that. He makes the most out of each and every opportunity.Thats going to take him a long ways in his career.Buescher had to take something of a sidestep in his career this year. After winning the Xfinity Series title for Roush Fenway Racing in 2015, Buescher was set to defend that title this year when Roush did a deal with Front Row Motorsports to loan Buescher -- and crew chief Bob Osborne -- to Front Row for 2016.Buescher won on a day when two of the youngest stars of the Sprint Cup Series -- Austin Dillon and Kyle Larson -- battled side by side for the lead and appeared to have the best pit strategy early in the race.Congratulations to [Buescher], said Dillon, who has raced Buescher in the Xfinity Series. Its a little frustrating for all of us who were up there. It will be a blessing for him. Hes a great guy. He deserves anything that hes got coming to him.I just wish it was us. Given the situation, it was a heartbreaker.Larson and Dillon, both in their third year of Sprint Cup racing, are still looking for a first career win. The same is true for rookie Chase Elliott, who has had the best points season of any rookie.After the race was red-flagged, Elliott went over to Buescher.I stopped by and told him I was pulling for him, Elliott said just before the race was ruled official. It would be really cool. Hes a good racer. Hes deserving of a good opportunity and I think it would be neat to see him get a win.Buescher obviously thought it was neat. It was a great victory for him and Osborne, a former crew chief for Carl Edwards.Hes a good kid and an Xfinity champion, said three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart during the NBCSN telecast. It doesnt matter how you get your first win, you just want to get your first win. Custom Colorado Rockies Nike Jerseys . Irving scored 23 points, Tristan Thompson had 20 points and 10 rebounds and the Cavaliers beat the Denver Nuggets 117-109 on Friday night. Custom Cleveland Indians Nike Jerseys . -- Eastern Kentucky thrives off creating havoc for others. https:///...rk-mets-nike-jerseys . Cote was eligible to become a free agent Feb. 15. Cote helped running back Jon Cornish run for a league-high 1,813 rushing yards en route to being named the leagues most outstanding player. In the aftermath of pass-rusher Junior Galettes season-ending injury, the Washington Redskins have held internal discussions regarding several veteran options to replace him, including controversial free agent Greg Hardy.One of Hardys former teammates with the Carolina Panthers is Redskins cornerback Josh Norman, who would endorse signing Hardy based on his experience on the field and in the locker room with him, sources said.Hardy worked out for the Jacksonville Jaguars last week. He spent one disappointing season with the Cowboys, and the Jaguars are aware of problems he caused in Dallas, including a sideline outburst during an Oct. 25 game.Hardy missed almost all of the 2014 season while on the commissioners exempt list after a conviction for domestic violence, which was later thrown out.Jacksonville general manager Dave Caldwell said Monday that his team didnt intend to sign Hardy after his two-day workout Wednesday and Thursday, but wanted to see him on the field and meet with him so the Jaguarss would have enough information about the free-agent defensive end should they decide to pursue him in the future. Custom St. Louis Cardinals Nike Jerseys. It was really to find out more about him so we dont have any questions going into the season, Caldwell said. Theres no what-ifs for us right now. There could have been a what-if Week 3, Week 4 or into the preseason, but we kind of have our questions answered as to our game plan for him.It was an opportunity for us -- heres a guy that was a franchise defensive end two years ago sitting out on the street -- to bring him in, work him out and try to find out the facts where hes at, the truth behind everything that surrounds him and just do our homework.The Redskins have the advantage of Normans perspective should they reach the point of soliciting his opinion.Hardy, who will turn 28 on Thursday, has 40 career sacks, including 11 in 2012 and 15 in 2013. ' ' '