Brad Keselowski regained the lead in the Sprint Cup Series with a big win at the AAA 400.
Amazingly, the eventual winner only led for 14 laps. Jimmie Johnson was in front of the pack for a good portion of the race, but tailed off towards the end as he was unable to win at Dover for the second time this year.
Johnson was forced to slow down late due to fuel concerns. ESPN's Marty Jones responded to a question in the affirmative when asked if the change was intentional:
This seemed to be a more useful response than one Jones provided earlier in the race:
Keselowski now has two victories in the past three races for the Chase for the Cup. He put himself in great position to win his first championship with only seven races remaining.
He also tweeted this little nugget before the race began. I am sure he does not disagree five hours later.
Spoiler alert- whoever wins the race today will be the new media favorite to win championship.Lol— Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) September 30, 2012
It was also a big day for Jeff Gordon. The veteran was the runner-up on Sunday as he attempted to get back in contention in the Chase.
Kyle Busch, who led for 302 laps, will earn two bonus points in addition to the 39 he earned for a seventh-place finish.
Pole winner Denny Hamlin continued his struggles on this track. He finished outside the top 15 three times in the last two years and an eighth-place finish did not do much to help him this year.
AAA 400 Results (via ESPN)
|6||Martin Truex Jr.||56||Toyota|
|11||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||88||Chevrolet|
|12||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||6||Ford|
Sprint Cup Standings (via FOX Sports)
|7||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||2103|
|8||Martin Truex Jr.||2100|