Keselowski wins race at Dover
Published 11:56 pm Sunday, September 30, 2012
DOVER, Del. (AP) — 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 Chicagloland 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.
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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 all 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.
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. Johnson lost a chance to win his record eighth race at Dover when he had to slow down in the No. 48 over the final laps.