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Getty Images for NASCAR (October 14, 2012)

Clint Bowyer picked up his first win in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship on a disastrous night for points leader Brad Keselowski.
Keselowski dominated Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway but ran out of gas with 58 laps remaining to blow his chance at the victory. He fell a lap down and finished 11th, and had his lead in the standings sliced in half.
Keselowski has a seven-point lead over five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson at the halfway point of the Chase.
Denny Hamlin finished second and is third in the Chase, 15 points back. Johnson finished third. Bowyer is forth, 28 points back.
Everyone had to race with one eye on the gas gauge, and it worked out in Bowyer's favor for his third victory of the season.

"It is my first mile-and-a-half race track win and it's Charlotte -- this is my worst race track," said Bowyer. "I think even with this win, it's still my worst race track with statistics and everything.  Just unbelievable job -- that's a team effort."

Bowyer wins at Charlotte

Bowyer in Victory Lane