On Sunday, September 30, 2012, Carlisle-sponsored Brad Keselowski, driver of the Penske Racking No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS), won the AAA 400-the third race in the 2012 Chase for the Championship-at Dover International Speedway. Keselowski now has won nine career NSCS races at seven venues, and with this win leads the series standings by five points over Jimmie Johnson.
During the third 100-lap segment, Keselowski solidified his position as one of the cars to beat by making his way into the top five at lap 187. He would not drop below that position for the remainder of the race. The team would make its final pit stop at lap 311. Wolfe would again prescribe air pressure and wedge adjustments, in addition to changing all four tires and insuring the car was packed with fuel. Keselowski restarted from the third position at lap 316, thanks to a great pit stop by the Miller Lite crew. Known as one of the best at saving fuel, Keselowski went into fuel-save mode early in the run. This paid off at the end as the other leaders either had to pit for extra fuel, or were forced to back off the throttle and let him pass. With enough fuel in the tank to do a victory burnout, Keselowski cruised to a 1.07 second victory over Jeff Gordon.
Acknowledging the importance of fuel management in victories, Keselowski stated, “I was really proud of the effort by everyone on the Miller Lite Dodge…Together we were able to manage our fuel very well, which is important as anything else in racing these days. As you saw, it came together at the end for a victory.”