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Keselowski wins Chase opener, advances

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JOLIET, Ill. (AP) Stop Brad Keselowski if you've heard this one before.

"I guess you couldn't ask for a better way to start the Chase," he said after winning NASCAR's playoff series opener. "Today was about as much of a statement as you can make."

That's because his win at Chicagoland Speedway not only guarantees Keselowski, the top seed in the 16-driver field, a spot in the second round; it also traces the route he took to win the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship in 2012. Now a series-leading five-time winner this season, he can race for fun the next two weeks as he awaits the Chase reset following the Sept. 28 race at Dover - when the field will be cut to 12 drivers.

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NASCAR Leaders: Points
RankDriverPointsWins
1 B.Keselowski 2059 5
2 J.Gordon 2052 3
3 J.Logano 2049 3
4 K.Harvick 2047 2
5 D.Earnhardt Jr. 2042 3
6 D.Hamlin 2041 1
7 K.Busch 2041 1
8 J.Johnson 2041 3
9 K.Busch 2039 1
10 M.Kenseth 2034 0
11 K.Kahne 2034 1
12 C.Edwards 2030 2
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