Brad Keselowski dominates in tame Richmond race as Chase field is set

RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 06:  Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)

RICHMOND, VA – SEPTEMBER 06: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)

There was no wild finish or compelling drama as Brad Keselowski led 383 of 400 laps in route to victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway Saturday night.  Keselowski, who won the pole Friday, took the lead for the final time on a lap 132 restart and never looked back. The Penske Racing driver will lead the series as the top seed as NASCAR’s 10 race Chase for the Sprint Cup begins in one week with a series high four wins.

The only driver who was in danger of missing the Chase entering the night, Greg Biffle finished 19th and made the Chase by seven points.  Clint Bowyer who needed to win to make the Chase came up short finishing third behind Jeff Gordon. Another driver with an outside shot to make the Chase with a win, Jamie McMurray, finished fourth, Kevin Harvick, the only other driver to lead laps Saturday night came home fifth.

“What a night,” Keselowski said.  “Part of me, I pulled into victory lane and I pinched myself once to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.  These are nights you don’t forget as a driver and you live for. “ MORE>>>

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