Keselowski leads the way
Success in Chicago gives Penske Racing driver the win
Last Updated: 17/09/12 10:42am
Brad Keselowski: Took victory at the Chicagoland Speedway
Brad Keselowski moved to the summit of the points standings after beating Jimmie Johnson to the chequered flag at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday.
Keselowski passed the five-time champion during a pit stop and led the race for the final 26 laps of the 400-mile race, Kasey Kahne finished third.
All 12 of the Chase drivers finished in the top 18, with the exception of Jeff Gordon, whose championship hopes are in serious jeopardy following his 35th-place finish.
Keselowski's fourth victory of the season means he now hold a three-point lead over Johnson, giving Penske Racing a boost after Will Power's failed bid for the IndyCar championship Saturday night in California.
Kyle Busch claimed fourth position, the best performance of any driver not in the Chase. Among other Chase qualifiers, defending champion Tony Stewart was sixth, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was eighth, Martin Truex Jr. was ninth and Clint Bowyer was 10th. Kevin Harvick finished 12th, one spot ahead of Greg Biffle.
Denny Hamlin, the top seed coming in, fell all the way to 16th in the race while low on fuel at the end, and Matt Kenseth finished 18th.
Keselowski won by 3.171 seconds in his No. 2 Dodge. There were only four cautions for 23 laps, the last coming when Gordon needed to return to the garage with damage to the right side of his car.
"Disappointing," said Gordon, who started the race in 19th position. "We had to fight hard to come from 19th up there in the top five, and the car was feeling good."