Brad Keselowski beat runner-up Jeff Gordon to the finish line by 1.8 seconds.
Joliet, IL (SportsNetwork.com) -
Brad Keselowski clinched a spot in the second round of NASCAR's new Chase for the Sprint Cup championship by winning Sunday's MyAFibStory.com 400 -- the first round in the 10-race postseason -- at Chicagoland Speedway.
In a three-wide pass, Keselowski squeezed through Kevin Harvick and rookie Kyle Larson to take the lead for the third and final time with 16 laps to go.
Larson, who was attempting to win in the Sprint Cup Series for the first time, and Harvick had swapped the lead multiple times following a restart with 19 laps left. Keselowski ran in fourth for the restart but quickly charged towards the front. Larson was running high up the track and Harvick low when Keselowski went through them in the middle.
Keselowski peaking at right time
By Chris Symeon, Motorsports Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
After winning the regular season finale at Richmond and then the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup at Chicagoland, Brad Keselowski is proving he's the championship favorite.
Keselowski clinched the first seed in the 10-race Chase by scoring his fourth victory of the season on Sept. 6 at Richmond, where he started on the pole and led 383 of 400 laps.
The driver of the No. 2 Ford for Team Penske had a much tougher time winning on Sunday at Chicagoland after he started deep in the field. Since Friday's qualifying session was rained out, he was positioned 25th on the grid based on his practice speed.