Brad Keselowski had just enough fuel left to take the checkered flag Sunday at Dover International Speedway for his second victory in three weeks.
Keselowski won the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship opener at Chicagoland and followed that by conserving enough fuel down the stretch at Dover.
Chase driver Jeff Gordon finished second. Jimmie Johnson lost his grip on the points lead with a fourth-place finish.
Johnson and Denny Hamlin, who faded to eighth, had two of the top cars all race. They just did not have enough fuel to make a hard, clean push in the closing laps of the 400-mile race.
There are seven races left in the Chase.
Keselowski heads to Talladega Superspeedway as the hottest driver in the Chase.
“There’s a lot of racing to go, a ton of racing to go,” Keselowski said. “Certainly, we’re in good position.”
Gordon and Keselowski dueled for the lead over the closing laps.
Gordon hoped Keselowski’s No. 2 Dodge would run out of instead.
Instead, Keselowski ran off with the victory.
“We were just a top-five car all weekend,” Keselowski said. “My guys just kept us there. When you’re in top five, you’re in good position for things to happen.”
Gordon followed his third place last week at New Hampshire with another strong run at Dover. He needed it after a 35th-place finish in the opener at Chicagoland buried him in the standings.
Keselowski had four career wins coming into the season. He had his career breakthrough at Talladega in 2009 when he won his first career race. He won there again this season in May.