Kyle Busch says he didn’t get carried away racing Joey Logano at Pocono.
Rather, he followed crew chief Adam Stevens’ instructions before his No. 18 Toyota ran out of gas on the last lap of the Windows 10 400.
“My crew chief told me I did nothing wrong,” Busch said of his post-race discussions with Stevens. “He told me that we were not short on fuel, that we were two-thirds of a lap to the good, and he was not asking me to save fuel.”
Apparently there was some miscalculation on fuel-mileage by Busch’s crew.
Rather than conserve fuel, Stevens was more concerned with reducing stress on tires and brakes in case the race ended with a green-white-checkered finish. That never happened as then race-leaders Logano, Busch and Martin Truex Jr., all ran out of fuel. Matt Kenseth ended up winning.
Busch was pursuing a fourth consecutive Sprint Cup victory at Pocono. He said the in-race communication between him and Stevens was excellent, the math just didn’t work out in regard to fuel calculations.
“At the Brickyard we were short on fuel and Adam told me, ‘Hey, save fuel,’” Busch recalled. “I asked him then again, ‘Are you sure?’ He goes, ‘Yeah, bud, there is going to be absolutely no checkered flag for us if you don’t save fuel.’
“We obviously have very good communication with one another and we weren’t short, (then) for some reason we ended up being short.”
Busch was originally scheduled to drive the Sprint Cup and Xfinity races this weekend. He pulled out of the Xfinity race because of the extra strain a road course puts on his leg injuries.
“Everything is going really well for me,” Busch said of his recovery from a crash at Daytona. “I can’t wait for the off-season to get the plates removed (from) my foot and then I feel like I’ll be right back to what I was before.”
Keselowski family scare
Ford driver Brad Keselowski revealed in a blog post Wednesday that his infant daughter, Scarlett, had a life-threatening throat condition that required emergency surgery at the Mayo Clinic in June.
Scarlett was having trouble breathing and eating to the extent Keselowski and his girlfriend, Paige, brought the girl to specialists. She was diagnosed with laryngomalaci, a weakness in muscles in her throat. She underwent surgery in Minnesota to correct the problem and now, according to Keselowski, is thriving.
Keselowski won at Kentucky July 10 and Paige handed Scarlett to Brad in Victory Lane.
“Just being there, holding Scarlett,” Keselowski wrote, “it was the culmination of one of the most powerful experiences of my life.”
Sprint Cup qualifying Saturday
Watkins Glen International has Sprint Cup qualifying Saturday (1:15 p.m. start) rather than Friday, as most tracks do.