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Nothing changed behind the leaders. Kevin Harvick is third in the standings, 29 points out, followed by Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch, who had dropped from third to fifth at Kansas a week ago and couldn’t regain any position following his fifth-place finish Saturday night.

“When it’s time for championship time, you need wins. We can’t win,” Busch said.

No, on this night the win went to Keselowski, and Penske never doubted the champ would get it done this season.

“We knew we had good cars and we’ve got the best drivers. It was a matter of executing,” Penske said. “I never lost confidence, and I’m a glass half-full, not half-empty guy. I wanted to see Brad get a win. He didn’t want to go through this season after being a champion (not winning).

” You’ve got some great drivers sometimes that don’t make (the Chase). That doesn’t mean they’ve lost anything, it’s just the way it works out. This is a very competitive sport, every aspect of it.”