Keselowski grabs Chase lead in Chicago

Sept. 16, 2012 at 7:08 PM

JOLIET, Ill., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Brad Keselowski passed pole-sitter Jimmie Johnson in the late stages Sunday and went on to win the first race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Johnson led most of the way at Chicagoland Speedway but Keselowski overtook him during the final round of pit stops, then controlled the last 25 laps to post his fourth win of the season and the eighth of his Sprint Cup career.

He bested Johnson by 3.17 seconds at the finish line and used the win to grab the Sprint Cup points lead for the first time in his career -- establishing a 3-point advantage over Johnson.

Finishing third was Chase participant Kasey Kahne, while Kyle Busch and Ryan Newman rounded out the Top 5.

Former points leader Denny Hamlin finished 16th after running out of fuel on the final lap.

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