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Nope, not with a complete team effort turning the No. 2 Dodge into a regular contender to win.

Keselowski joked he had about another “100 miles” of racing left in his tank.

While crew chief Paul Wolfe didn’t want to reveal too much of his fuel-saving strategy, he conceded the car was “within a lap or two” or running on fumes. Keselowski raced the last 89 laps without a stop.

“There’s always some risk in calls like that,” Wolfe said. “We know where we stand. We know what we need to do. We know the guys are racing right now for the championship. I felt like we were as good as anybody on mileage.”

Johnson had his record eighth win at Dover in sight until he was forced to start saving fuel with about 15 laps left. Crew chief Chad Knaus told Johnson to yield the lead so the No. 48 could at least salvage a top-five.

“I wish we could have raced for it,” said Johnson, a five-time Cup champion. “We finally got control of the race late. But it just didn’t unfold like a normal race here.”

Hamlin had talked this week about embracing Dover after calling the mile concrete oval his least favorite one on the circuit. He won the pole and seemed in position to pull off a breakthrough win until fuel issues forced him down pit road behind Busch, his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate.

That left it to Gordon and Keselowski with 10 laps left to duel for the lead over the closing laps.

Gordon hoped Keselowski’s No. 2 Dodge would run out of gas.

Instead, Keselowski ran off with the victory.

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. Gordon is 10th in points.

“We’re not going to continue in this championship against those guys up front if they keep running the way they’re running,” he said. “The only way we’re going to get a chance at them is if they have a problem like we had (in the opener). If we keep running like this, we’ll get the wins.”

Keselowski had four career wins coming into the season. He had his career breakthrough at Talladega in 2009 when he raced to his first career victory. He won there again this season in May and knows a season sweep will give him a nice cushion in the standings.

“He didn’t make a mistake. We didn’t lose any time on the track,” team owner Roger Penske said. “He’s doing a terrific job and I love the position we’re in.”