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Brad Keselowski storms to the win at Richmond to grab top seed in NASCAR's Chase

  • Brad Keselowski (2) gets service in the pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.     (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)

    Brad Keselowski (2) gets service in the pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)  (The Associated Press)

  • In a photo provided by NASCAR,< Brad Keselowski (2) and Jeff Gordon (24) lead the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Richmond, Va.  (AP Photo/NASCAR,Chris Graythen)

    In a photo provided by NASCAR,< Brad Keselowski (2) and Jeff Gordon (24) lead the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/NASCAR,Chris Graythen)  (The Associated Press)

  • Brad Keselowski (2) and Jeff Gordon (24) lead the field at the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)

    Brad Keselowski (2) and Jeff Gordon (24) lead the field at the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)  (The Associated Press)

Brad Keselowski routed the field Saturday night for his fourth win of the season, a victory that gives him the top seed in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Keselowski led all but 17 of the 400 laps at Richmond International Raceway, where the last race of the regular season never shaped up to be the thriller NASCAR hoped. A new win-and-in format this year could have created a dramatic final push for a driver to make the Chase, but nobody had anything for Keselowski.

There were two spots up for grab in the 16-driver Chase field, but Ryan Newman and Greg Biffle pretty much entered the race in control of their own fate. Newman never left anything to chance with a strong ninth-place finish, and Biffle slid into the final spot with a 19-place finish.

Jeff Gordon finished second and Clint Bowyer, who needed to win to ensure his Chase berth, was third.