Keselowski wins the 400 in Dover

Brad Keselowski celebrates in Victory Lane after winning at Dover. JERRY MARKLAND / Getty
Brad Keselowski celebrates in Victory Lane after winning at Dover. JERRY MARKLAND / Getty
Posted: October 01, 2012

DOVER, Del. - Brad Keselowski had just enough fuel left to take the checkered flag Sunday at Dover International Speedway for his second victory in three weeks.

Keselowski won the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship opener at Chicagoland and followed that by conserving enough fuel down the stretch at Dover.

Keselowski raced to his fifth victory of the season and zipped into the points lead.

Chase driver Jeff Gordon finished second. Jimmie Johnson lost his grip on the points lead with a fourth-place finish.

Johnson and Denny Hamlin, who faded to eighth, had two of the top cars the entire race. They just did not have enough fuel to make a hard, clean push in the closing laps of the 400-mile race.

There are seven races left in the Chase.

Keselowski heads to Talladega Superspeedway as the hottest driver in the Chase.

"There's a lot of racing to go, a ton of racing to go," Keselowski said. "Certainly, we're in good position."

Kyle Busch and Johnson had to ease off the gas late in the race and were denied their chances of victory. For Busch, it would have been a nice confidence boost in a season where he failed to make the Chase.

There were some rough finishes for the rest of the Chase field. Martin Truex Jr. was sixth, Clint Bowyer was ninth, Dale Earnhardt Jr. 11th, Kevin Harvick 13th, Kasey Kahne 15th, Greg Biffle 16th, Tony Stewart 20th, and Matt Kenseth was knocked out of the race and was 35th.

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