LAS VEGAS - Dale Earnhardt, Junior ran out of gas on the final lap and Brad Keselowski took advantage to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Paul Menard was third, Joey Logano fourth, Carl Edwards fifth and Jimmie Johnson sixth. Cambridge's Matt Kenseth finished 10th.
Earnhardt did become just the fifth driver in the modern era (since 1972) to start a season with three consecutive top-two finishes.
Three of the four went on to win the championship - Jimmie Johnson in 2006, Cale Yarborough in 1977 and Richard Petty in 1974. Dale Jarrett finished third in the championship in 1996.
Earnhardt and Keselowski remain first and second in the driver standings with Jimmie Johnson gaining two spots third. Kenseth maintained his seventh place position.
Next Sunday, the Sprint Cup series moves to Bristol International Raceway for the Food City 500.