Chevrolet Driver Kurt Busch Wins NASCAR Race at Pocono
The victory was the 28th win of Busch’s career and the first since his victory at Michigan International Speedway last June.
Reports indicated during the race that Busch would be two laps short on fuel, but he somehow managed to conserve enough gas in order to make it to the checkered flag in first place. Fellow Chevrolet driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished behind Busch in second and Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski came in third. Rookie Chase Elliot and veteran Joey Logano finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Busch led 32 of the 160 laps and was able to win the race without his regular crew chief Tony Gibson, who was suspended for one week. Johnny Klausmeier, the team’s lead engineer, served as Gibson’s replacement. Thanks to his bold decision not to call the No. 41 Chevy to pit road, Klausmeier even got to pose with Busch in victory lane for pictures after the win.
This was Busch’s 12th top-10 finish this season and this victory earned him a guaranteed spot in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series playoffs.
“This is a wonderful win for us,” Busch said after the victory. “It’s just so much fun to drive and be competitive and be up front.”
The Sprint Cup drivers will be in action again on June 12th when they’ll circle the 2-mile racetrack in Brooklyn, Michigan. As previously mentioned, Busch won this race a year ago, while former champion Matt Kenseth picked up the victory in the August event at Michigan.