To pit or not to pit.
A roll of the dice ended up being the right call for Martin Truex Jr.
Taking charge of Sunday's Pocono 400 by staying out under caution on lap 140 of 160, reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. pulled away after a restart with seven. Busch was held up in battle for third with Kevin Harvick who led the most laps of the race.
Fortunately for Busch, sandwiched between the two Pocono disappointments was a victory in the late summer race.
Kyle Larson finished second, 2.496 seconds behind Truex.
Busch competed in this race when it debuted in 2016 and finished fourth.
"Everybody did a great job all weekend long and made the right decisions", Truex said. "It just needs to all work out for them". "It's been tough lately, but it was an awesome day, awesome place to win and really proud of everybody".
So when presented a similar scenario on Sunday, Busch and crew opted to pit for four tires during a caution with 20 laps remaining.
Three cars - Blaney, Almirola and Austin Dillon - took two tires during their stops. But more than anything else, Busch was just flabbergasted that new tires didn't mean more than they did.
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"Had a little trouble in the pits there but we'll do what we always do and fight back", Truex said during the stage break.
"We've been really fast all year".
"Just really a insane situation there with how all that kind of transpired and went down".
Joey Logano ($10,700) - Keselowski's Team Penske teammate has been more up and down at Pocono, though for whatever reason, it's the July race where he usually struggles. "Winning there in 2015 definitely gives me some confidence going into the weekend", Custer said. But I think our cars are close to where they need to be. "You're a lot less car-limited with less downforce and more motor". Bowman said he hasn't felt stress from replacing the retired Dale Earnhardt Jr.in the No. 88 Chevrolet.
Blaney, the victor of this race previous year, started on the pole and led the first 11 laps but Harvick was able to get by easily as Blaney's Ford faded. "We'll see how soon we can get that one accomplished".
The first serious accident of the day came on lap 146, when Denny Hamlin's vehicle broke loose underneath Alex Bowman, resulting in heavy damage to the front of Hamlin's auto and right rear of Bowman's.
When the cycle of stops were completed, Harvick resumed the lead on Lap 83.
"We knew we had speed in our race auto". That could make things interesting even if the race itself gets strung out and uneventful, which sometimes is the case in the Pennsylvania mountains.
A slow pit stop forced Truex to restart 14th on Lap 57 to start Stage 2, with Keselowski in a Ford starting up front after a two-tire stop and Harvick second on four fresh tires. He wound up finishing fourth in that stage. Oh my God what are we going to do?' In those six years, the Tucson, Arizona native collected one win, six top-fives, 15 top-10's, three pole awards and led 97 laps.