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Brad Keselowski claimed his second career Cup victory by stretching his fuel to breaking point, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. once again consigned to second place for yet another week.
Brad Keselowski had to stretch his final tank of fuel an incredible 57 laps to make it all the way to the chequered flag and claim his second career Cup win in 66 starts, at the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway.

It's his first victory of 2011 and his first with Penske.

"I want that flag! I want that flag! Hell yeah!" he said over the radio post-race. "I knew we could do it. Awesome job!"

Keselowski's Penske team mate Kurt Busch had dominated much of the race after starting from pole position and led for over half the laps - 152 of the race total of 267 - but was thwarted by the need for a late pit stop for fuel while Keselowski dared to stay out. He ended up dropping to ninth by the end of the race.

For the second week running, fan favourite Dale Earnhardt Jr. was consigned to second place and now has a 106 race run without a victory despite multiple near-misses in 2011. He spun mid-race to being out a caution but kept it off the wall and was able to rejoin the race.

"We shouldn't have run second again. We've got to fix some things. We've got fast cars so we can be fast," he said after the race, adding that the biggest problem was the starting position. "Just started way back there in the back, man. We ain't qualified no better than 22nd besides Daytona and Talladega. We need to fix that somehow.

"I spun out there that one time trying to find some speed," he continued. "Just trying to get a little too much there and lost track position. We had a good car though, it was fast all day."

Denny Hamlin came third on his 200th Cup start, marking his second top-five finish of the season.

The race saw five cautions in total, three for debris, one for Earnhardt's spin and another on lap 119 for Landon Cassill hitting the wall hard after contact from behind from Marcos Ambrose. Kyle Busch also hit the wall shortly after the first round of pit stops and radioed to the pit crew that he had "killed" the car - but still went on to finish in 12th just behind his Richard Childress Racing arch-rival Kevin Harvick.

Race results

1. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 267 laps 2:55:10.000s (47/1 pts)
2. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 267 laps + 2.813s (42/0 pts)
3. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 267 laps + 6.340s (42/1 pts)
4. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 267 laps + 6.483s (40/0 pts)
5. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 267 laps + 7.997s (40/1 pts)
6. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 267 laps + 12.081s (38/0 pts)
7. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 267 laps + 12.326s (37/0 pts)
8. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 267 laps + 12.451s (37/1 pts)
9. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 267 laps + 14.716s (37/2 pts)
10. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 267 laps + 17.769s (34/0 pts)
11. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 267 laps + 19.757s (33/0 pts)
12. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 267 laps + 20.639s (33/1 pts)
13. #6 David Ragan Ford 267 laps + 21.475s (31/0 pts)
14. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 267 laps + 29.681s (30/0 pts)
15. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 267 laps + 30.113s (29/0 pts)
16. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 267 laps + 30.953s (28/0 pts)
17. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 266 laps + 1 lap (28/1 pts)
18. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 266 laps + 1 lap (26/0 pts)
19. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 266 laps + 1 lap (25/0 pts)
20. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 266 laps + 1 lap (24/0 pts)
21. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 266 laps + 1 lap (23/0 pts)
22. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 266 laps + 1 lap (22/0 pts)
23. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 266 laps + 1 lap (21/0 pts)
24. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 266 laps + 1 lap (20/0 pts)
25. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 266 laps + 1 lap (19/0 pts)
26. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 266 laps + 1 lap (18/0 pts)
27. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 266 laps + 1 lap (17/0 pts)
28. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 266 laps + 1 lap (16/0 pts)
29. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 266 laps + 1 lap (15/0 pts)
30. #32 Patrick Carpentier Ford 265 laps + 2 laps (0pts)
31. #71 Andy Lally * Ford 265 laps + 2 laps (13/0 pts)
32. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 264 laps + 3 laps (12/0 pts)
33. #34 David Gilliland Ford 263 laps + 4 laps (11/0 pts)
34. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 243 laps + 24 laps (0pts)
35. #51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 190 laps + 77 laps (0pts)
36. #7 Johnny Sauter Dodge 101 laps Brakes (0pts)
37. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 100 laps Ignition (8/1 pts)
38. #46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 38 laps Brakes (6/0 pts)
39. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 37 laps Brakes (5/0 pts)
40. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 34 laps Ignition (0pts)
41. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 33 laps Electrical (3/0 pts)
42. #181 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 20 laps Rear Gear (0pts)
43. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 19 laps Rear Gear (0pts)



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STP 400 polesitter Kurt Busch leading leading the field at Kansas Speedway [Picture credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images for NASCAR]
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Crew members work on the Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Halloween Toyota, in the garage area during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 19, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Redd`s Wicked Apple Ale Ford, leads the field near the end of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 19, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Redd`s Wicked Apple Ale Ford, races Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 19, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Redd`s Wicked Apple Ale Ford, celebrates with an American flag after winning during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 19, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Redd`s Wicked Apple Ale Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 19, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, lead a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 19, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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