Brad Keselowski used sharp fuel mileage strategy to win the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. The Penske Racing driver led only twice for 14 of the 400 laps in his Dodge Charger, but now he has two victories in the first three races of the final 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cupand he leads the points standings over perennial favorite Jimmie Johnson.
Kyle Busch was dominant for much of the day, leading 302 laps, but was forced to pit for fuel late in the race. That opened the door for Keselowski, who feather-footed the last 79 laps, beating Jeff Gordon to the checked flag by just over one second.
With this victory, his first on the tricky concrete mile at Dover, Keselowski has won his fifth race of the season, his second in the Chase, and the ninth of his career. The Michigan native was quick to credit his crew chief Paul Wolfe and the Penske engine shop for its fuel-efficient Dodge powerplants.
This has been one of my worst tracks,” said Keselowski. “I ran up front all day. I may not have had the best car, but hung around in that top five, just creeping around, and when you do that, you put yourself in position for good things to happen. That’s what this No. 2 team has done the last few months. Man, if we keep doing this the next seven weeks, it will be an awesome seven weeks. I’m just really, really proud of the effort.”