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|Brad Keselowski coasts to the checkers. Dale Jr. is still winless. And what happened to Kurt Busch?
Sunday's fuel-mileage finish to the STP 400 wasn't nearly as exciting as an all-out sprint to the checkers, but it would be foolish to discount the significance of Cup's second consecutive race being decided on fuel conservation, especially when it comes to who may break into the Chase for the Championship.
The strategy has a way of equalizing the field, giving opportunities to drivers who may not have the raw speed and setup that would send them charging into Victory Lane. And with two wild-card spots up for grabs this season, races that reward pit strategy and fuel conservation could be just what some under-the-radar team needs to break into the Chase field.
Pocono's notoriously tricky 2.5-mile tri-oval is up next. Last year, Denny Hamlin fought off Kyle Busch and clinched his second-straight win at the track. Can he manage a three-peat and his first win of the season? He'll definitely be in the mix. He's learning to master the intricacies of the track and is well-versed in the fuel mileage game to move up the points standings and break into the top-10. In the meantime, he'll just have to settle for a spot in this week's power rankings.
Brad Keselowski took the lead with nine laps remaining to get the win Sunday at the STP 400 -- his second career Cup victory.