Kurt Busch Stretches Fuel En Route to Pocono Victory

It may have been a day later, but Kurt Busch doesn’t car what day of the week it is. As long as he’s in victory lane, a win on Monday feels the same as one on Sunday.

Busch, passed Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 32 laps-to-go and never looked back en route to his 28th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory and third at the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway.

The win though, didn’t come easy, as he had to save enough fuel over the last stint to be able to hold on. Luckily, he was able to do so, as he bested second place finisher Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 1.127-seconds for his first win of the year making him Chase eligible. Busch, doesn’t necessarily like to win on fuel mileage races, but he will take a win how he can get them, especially with his crew chief Tony Gibson being suspended today for lugnut issues from Charlotte.

Earnhardt Jr. kept his Pocono dominance going with a runner-up effort in his No. 88 Chevrolet today as it was his sixth top five in his last seven Pocono starts. He too had to save fuel in the end as he did a good enough job to have his best finish of the season.

Brad Keselowski didn’t have to save fuel like Busch and Earnhardt Jr., but he didn’t have enough time to chase them down as he had to settle for a third place finish on Monday in his No. 2 Miller Lite Ford.

Chase Elliott by far had the best car today as he led a race-high 51 of the 160 laps, but a badly timed caution forced him to settle for a fourth place finish.

Pole sitter Joey Logano rounded out the top five.

The race was a wild one as we saw 10 cautions fly with 100 of the 400 miles run under yellow flag conditions.

The series now heads to Michigan this weekend as they have to hope for a better race than last year which saw it ended after only 138 laps with heavy rains threatening the race all afternoon long.

Axalta ‘We Paint Winners’ 400 Results:

  1. 41 Kurt Busch
  2. 88 Earnhardt Jr.
  3.  2 Keselowski
  4. 24 Elliott R
  5. 22 Logano
  6.  5 Kahne
  7. 20 Kenseth
  8. 19 Edwards
  9.  4 Harvick
  10. 21 Blaney R
  11. 42 Larson
  12. 31 Newman
  13.  6 Bayne
  14. 11 Hamlin
  15. 17 Stenhouse Jr.
  16. 47 Allmendinger
  17.  1 McMurray
  18. 15 Bowyer
  19. 78 Truex Jr.
  20. 43 Almirola
  21. 95 Ty Dillon
  22.  7 Smith
  23. 23 Ragan
  24. 13 Mears
  25. 34 Buescher R
  26. 16 Biffle -1
  27. 30 Wise -1
  28. 98 Sorenson -1
  29. 32 Burton R -2
  30. 55 Whitt -5
  31. 18 Kyle Busch -10
  32. 10 Patrick -15
  33. 27 Menard OUT
  34. 14 Stewart OUT
  35. 48 Johnson OUT
  36. 38 Cassill OUT
  37.  3 Austin Dillon OUT
  38. 46 Annett OUT
  39. 44 Scott R OUT
  40. 83 DiBenedetto OUT

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