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Keselowski reclaims Chase points lead with Dover win

11:19 PM, Sep 30, 2012   |    comments
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Dover, DE (Sports Network) - Brad Keselowski moved back into the points lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup 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 first and second with less than 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. He has won two of the first three races in the Chase. The Penske Racing driver kicked off the postseason in NASCAR's premier series with the win on Sept. 16 at Chicagoland.

Mark Martin finished third, while Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards rounded out the top-five. Johnson led in the late going, in hopes of winning at Dover for a record eighth time, but had to give up the top spot in order to save enough fuel to finish the race.

Busch, who dominated most of this race by leading 302 laps, ended up finishing seventh, while Hamlin, the pole sitter, settled for eighth.

Keselowski now holds a five-point lead over Johnson. The fourth round in the 10-race Chase takes place next Sunday at Talladega.

 

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