No friends for the points leader?

Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 6, 2012 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Even though recent rules changes have minimized tandem drafting, it’s still important to have allies on the track in a restrictor-plate race.

Chase leader Keselowski knows he’ll have one friend on Sunday — and perhaps only one.

Keselowski and Penske Racing teammate Sam Hornish Jr. are the only two Dodge drivers in the field. If Keselowski needs a push or room to change lanes during the race, Hornish will provide it.

“I’ll be glad to have Sam’s help, that’s for sure, and I know that he’s been a good teammate,” Keselowski said. “I’m looking forward to working with him. I think we’ve worked pretty well together this year, whether it’s Nationwide or Cup.

“But as far as the other drivers, I go into the race not expecting to have any help from anyone and playing it from there.”

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