Kurt Busch scores Pocono win

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Tuesday 7th June, 2016 - 7:20am

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Kurt Busch had more than enough fuel at Pocono

Kurt Busch had more than enough fuel at Pocono

After a 24-hour rain delay, Kurt Busch has stretched his fuel to score victory at the Axalta ‘We Paint Winners’ 400 at Pocono Raceway.

On the final restart his crew said he was two laps (five miles) short of going all the way.

However, an easy right foot not only got him through to the chequered flag but also enough for post-race burnouts.

Busch will now fight for the Sprint Cup in the Chase with his 28th career win.

Dale Earnhardt was second, while pole sitter Brad Keselowski passed rookie Chase Elliott in the final 20 laps for third.

“When they told me we might be two laps short, I was like ‘whoa!’,” said Busch.

“But then I knew I just had to balance saving fuel with maintaining my lap times.

“I stuck with the checklist and watched the #88 behind us.

“I had a perfect restart to get by Earnhardt, then I had to do my job to save fuel.

“We had to overcome a lot today.

“When you see others step up, it emphasises the importance of having a total team effort with everyone pulling together.”

Keselowski ran into trouble early at ‘The Tricky Triangle’ when he was black-flagged at Lap 24 for unapproved body adjustments and thus was forced to pit under caution and serve a pass-through penalty under green.

Keselowski’s teammate Joey Logano also encountered hurdles early when Ryan Newman hit his car from behind several times. Those impacts damaged Logano’s bumper and causing him to fall back in the field momentarily.

After a strong qualifying performance, Tony Stewart’s day ended on Lap 92, when he hit the wall and team-mate Danica Patrick, who then collided with Landon Cassill. Stewart returned to the track after a trip to the garage, finishing 34th.

Also encountering dramas Martin Truex Jr who had a pit road accident, while Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson both found the fence and had to go to the garage for repairs.

VIDEO: Race recap

RESULTS: Axalta ‘We Paint Winners’ 400 – Pocono Raceway

POS.   CAR # DRIVER MAKE STAR LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 9 160 32 Running 44 4
2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 8 160 4 Running 40 1
3 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 1 160 0 Running 38 0
4 24 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 13 160 51 Running 39 2
5 22 Joey Logano Ford 2 160 17 Running 37 1
6 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 11 160 0 Running 35 0
7 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 3 160 31 Running 35 1
8 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 5 160 0 Running 33 0
9 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 4 160 9 Running 33 1
10 21 Ryan Blaney Ford 14 160 0 Running 31 0
11 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 21 160 8 Running 31 1
12 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 22 160 0 Running 29 0
13 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 24 160 0 Running 28 0
14 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 10 160 0 Running 27 0
15 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 25 160 0 Running 26 0
16 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 32 160 2 Running 26 1
17 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 26 160 0 Running 24 0
18 15 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 23 160 0 Running 23 0
19 78 Martin Truex Jr Toyota 17 160 0 Running 22 0
20 43 Aric Almirola Ford 16 160 0 Running 21 0
21 95 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 28 160 3 Running 0 0
22 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet 35 160 0 Running 19 0
23 23 David Ragan Toyota 34 160 0 Running 18 0
24 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 29 160 0 Running 17 0
25 34 Chris Buescher Ford 18 159 0 Running 16 0
26 16 Greg Biffle Ford 15 159 0 Running 15 0
27 30 Josh Wise Chevrolet 38 159 0 Running 14 0
28 98 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 40 159 0 Running 13 0
29 32 Jeb Burton Ford 39 158 0 Running 0 0
30 55 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 37 155 0 Rear Gear 11 0
31 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 12 150 3 Running 11 1
32 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 33 145 0 Running 9 0
33 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 20 135 0 Running 8 0
34 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 6 131 0 Running 7 0
35 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 7 125 0 Accident 6 0
36 38 Landon Cassill Ford 31 121 0 Running 5 0
37 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 19 117 0 Accident 4 0
38 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet 36 102 0 Accident 3 0
39 44 Brian Scott Ford 30 81 0 Running 2 0
40 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 27 57 0 Accident 1 0

STANDINGS

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Kevin Harvick 490 Leader 14 1 6 11 0
2 Kurt Busch 465 -25 14 1 5 12 0
3 Brad Keselowski 442 -48 14 2 5 9 0
4 Carl Edwards 437 -53 14 2 5 9 2
5 Kyle Busch 416 -74 14 3 9 9 3
6 Jimmie Johnson 415 -75 14 2 6 7 1
7 Chase Elliott 413 -77 14 0 5 10 1
8 Joey Logano 410 -80 14 0 4 8 2
9 Martin Truex Jr 403 -87 14 1 2 6 0
10 Matt Kenseth 382 -108 14 1 2 6 2
11 Dale Earnhardt Jr 381 -109 14 0 5 6 3
12 Denny Hamlin 372 -118 14 1 4 6 2
13 Austin Dillon 348 -142 14 0 3 6 1
14 Jamie McMurray 342 -148 14 0 1 2 0
15 Ryan Blaney 340 -150 14 0 1 6 1
16 Ryan Newman 338 -152 14 0 0 4 1
17 AJ Allmendinger 334 -156 14 0 1 3 0
18 Kasey Kahne 325 -165 14 0 2 5 1
19 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 325 -165 14 0 1 2 1
20 Trevor Bayne 319 -171 14 0 1 3 0
21 Kyle Larson 302 -188 14 0 2 3 2
22 Paul Menard 265 -225 14 0 0 1 3
23 Clint Bowyer 252 -238 14 0 0 2 1
24 Aric Almirola 249 -241 14 0 0 0 3
25 Greg Biffle 245 -245 14 0 0 0 3
26 Danica Patrick 245 -245 14 0 0 0 3
27 Landon Cassill 221 -269 14 0 0 0 0
28 Casey Mears 212 -278 14 0 0 0 0
29 Brian Scott 192 -298 14 0 0 0 0
30 David Ragan 189 -301 14 0 0 0 2
31 Regan Smith 180 -310 14 0 0 1 2
32 Michael McDowell 161 -329 12 0 0 0 0
33 Chris Buescher 161 -329 14 0 0 0 2
34 Matt DiBenedetto 151 -339 14 0 0 1 4
35 Cole Whitt 119 -371 12 0 0 0 4
36 Tony Stewart 118 -372 6 0 0 1 1
37 Michael Annett 111 -379 14 0 0 0 3
38 Brian Vickers 86 -404 5 0 0 1 1
39 Josh Wise 61 -429 12 0 0 0 3
40 Jeffrey Earnhardt 44 -446 8 0 0 0 0
41 Michael Waltrip 42 -448 2 0 0 0 0
42 Reed Sorenson 36 -454 8 0 0 0 3
43 Bobby Labonte 34 -456 2 0 0 0 0
44 David Gilliland 24 -466 1 0 0 0 0
45 Robert Richardson 3 -487 1 0 0 0 1
46 Ty Dillon 0 -490 6 0 0 0 0
47 Jeb Burton 0 -490 1 0 0 0 0
48 Joey Gase 0 -490 3 0 0 0 0
49 Ryan Ellis 0 -490 1 0 0 0 0

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