Keselowski still in charge of NASCAR’s Chase after Charlotte

Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge, leads Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 MyLowe's Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge, leads Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 MyLowe’s Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The tables were turned Saturday night. After winning races on fuel mileage earlier in the season Brad Keselowski watched his rivals stretch out their gas to the end during the Sprint Cup series Bank of America 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Clint Bowyer won the event followed closely by Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson.  Keselowski finished 11th.

The key came on lap 275 when Keselowski, whose crew chief Paul Wolfe normally calculates fuel mileage to perfection, ran out while leading.  Keselowski was able to coast to the pits, but his chances of winning were gone. Fortunately it wasn’t long before the field started cycling through a series of green flag pit stops. It wasn’t fortunate enough to allow Keselowski to regain the lap he lost when he ran out of fuel, but it did keep him in touch with the field. BK finished the race in 11th.   Combined with the second and third place finish of Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin, Keselowski saw his lead in the points cut in half.

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