|Keselowski passes Junior at Kentucky en route to third 2012 win (Getty)|
Brad Keselowski became the first Sprint Cup driver with three wins this season, taking the lead on a final pit stop and pulling away for a victory in Saturday night's Quaker State 400.
Brad Keselowski became the first driver to pick up three wins in 2012.
Keselowski ran out of fuel as he pitted on lap 209 of 267 at Kentucky Speedway, but used the stop to his advantage and coaxed enough fuel out of his No. 2 Dodge the rest of the way to take the checkered flag.
"What a weekend," Keselowski beamed from victory lane. "For those that didn't see practice, we hit the wall on lap 1 of practice and brought out a backup car. This is my Martinsville car from the Chase last year, so this ain't the newest car we got but it sure runs."
Kasey Kahne, who fell two laps down at one point, used an incredible late charge to finish second. Denny Hamlin finished third and was followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon.
"We passed a ton of cars but came up a little short," Kahne said.
Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr., A.J. Allmendinger and Kyle Busch rounded out the top 10.
Quaker State 400 Results
|Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge, 'Tebows' in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday in Sparta, Ky. (Getty)|