Kurt Busch to be without crew chief Tony Gibson today

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Crew chief Tony Gibson returned home Saturday night to be with his wife and will not be at today’s race for Kurt Busch.

Engineer Johnny Klausmeier will be Busch’s crew chief at Watkins Glen International. Klausmeier filled in for Gibson at Pocono in June 2016 and helped guide Busch to the win that day.

“(Gibson) texted me late last night that he had flown home, and I didn’t know that he flew back to be with (wife) Beth, so all our best and love to Beth Gibson, everything should turn out OK,” Busch told NBCSN’s Dave Burns. “For Gibson, he left this team in a good spot. Johnny Klausmeier has done this before. He’s our go-to guy when we need somebody to lead the team when Gibson is gone.”

Busch qualified 18th.