Kurt Busch saved enough fuel not only to win, but to perform a celebratory burnout after it was over at Pocono Monday. Busch took the lead from rookie Chase Elliott with 32 laps to go and played the fuel mileage game to perfection winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Axalta ‘We Paint Winners’ 400 at Pocono Raceway. It was his 28th career win and his third at the Pennsylvania track.
The win from Busch came under the direction of team engineer John Klausmeier who was serving as interim crew chief for the Stewart-Haas Racing team after regular crew chief Tony Gibson had been suspended for one race by NASCAR for lug nut violations at Charlotte. Klausmeier continually warned Busch to aggressively save fuel in the final laps telling his driver that they would be two laps short. The former champion delivered saving enough fuel for the win.
“It’s tough to balance everything and when you have a fast car and an interim crew chief,” Busch said.