Keselowski reclaims Chase points lead with Dover win
September 30, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
Dover, DE (Sports Network) - Brad Keselowski made a monstrous statement in the battle for the Sprint Cup Series championship after winning Sunday's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.
Keselowski conserved enough fuel late in the race and grabbed the lead when Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin were forced to pit for fuel after running in the top-two positions with 10 laps remaining. Keselowski then held off Jeff Gordon at the finish by one second for his fifth win of the season and the ninth of his Sprint Cup Series career.
With the win, Keselowski moved back into the points lead. The Penske Racing driver entered this 400-mile race only one point behind Jimmie Johnson. He now holds a five-point advantage over the five-time series champion.
Keselowski had considered Dover, which is nicknamed "The Monster Mile," as one of his toughest racetracks on the Sprint Cup schedule. Prior to his win, he had finished no better than 12th in five races here.
"This has been one of our weakest tracks, but we ran up front all day," Keselowski said. "We might not have been lead, but we hung around in the top- five. And we just kept creeping around and creeping around. When you do that, you put yourself in position for good things to happen. That's what this No. 2 team had done for the last few months. If we keep doing this for the next seven weeks, it's going to be an awesome seven weeks."
Keselowski and almost all the other drivers on the lead lap made their final pit stops during a caution with 89 laps left on this tricky one-mile track.