Brad Keselowski grabbed the lead from Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the final lap.
Las Vegas, NV (SportsNetwork.com) -
After missing the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, Brad Keselowski has all but guaranteed himself a berth in this year's playoffs by winning Sunday's Kobalt 400 in dramatic fashion at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Keselowski, the 2012 Sprint Cup Series champion, grabbed the lead from Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the final lap when Earnhardt ran out of fuel while coming out of turn 2. He claimed his 11th career victory in NASCAR's premier series. Keselowski also won Saturday's 300-mile Nationwide Series race for a weekend sweep at Las Vegas.
Starting second, Keselowski led the most laps with 53 but had an encounter with the wall just before the halfway point. It did not cause any significant damage to his No. 2 Team Penske Ford. Keselowski had also pitted out of sequence throughout the race. He benefited during the last caution with less than 50 laps to go when he was able to pit for the final time.
Going for broke in Vegas
By Chris Symeon, Motorsports Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
Having already won the Daytona 500 last month, driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and crew chief Steve Letarte had nothing to lose when they gambled on fuel in Sunday's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Earnhardt drove his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet onto pit road for his last stop of the race on lap 211 and then attempted to run the final 56 laps, or 84 miles, without pitting for fuel.
Brad Keselowski held the lead late in the race, but when the fourth and final caution came with 45 laps to go, Keselowski and many others on the lead lap pitted for fuel. Earnhardt took over the lead and held it until the last lap.