(DOVER, Del.) — Brad Keselowski had just enough gas in the tank.
Keselowski overcame fuel issues to come out in front and win the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on Sunday afternoon.
It was his second victory in three weeks, and took over the points lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship from Jimmie Johnson. “I can’t state loudly enough how much longer this battle is,” Keselowski said.
Denny Hamlin, who started from the pole position had to pit with 10 laps to go and finished eighth. Johnson, who now trails Keselowski by five points, finished fourth. “We finally got control of the race late. But it just didn’t unfold like a normal race here,” Johnson said.
Keselowski and his crew saved just enough gas to not pit the last 89 laps, but said the car was likely one or two laps away from running on fumes. “There’s always some risk in calls like that,” crew chief Paul Wolfe said. “We know where we stand. We know what we need to do. We know the guys are racing right now for the championship. I felt like we were as good as anybody on mileage.”
Seven races remain in the Chase.
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Lois M. Collins, Deseret News