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    This past weekend was a good one for Penske Racing in the
    NASCAR Nationwide Series as their two drivers took the top two spots on
    Saturday.  Unfortunately, things were not
    so great for the Dodge entries in Sunday’s Brickyard 400 although a Dodge still
    managed a top 10 finish.

    The qualifying effort for the two Penske Racing drivers for
    Saturday’s Indiana 250 of the NASCAR Nationwide Series with Brad Keselowski and
    his #22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger started in the 8th spot while
    Sam Hornish Jr and his #12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Challenger started in the
    13th spot.  Luckily, when the
    green flag dropped on Saturday it was a different story as the two Penske
    Challengers were among the front runners all day long.  When the checkered flag came down 100 laps
    later – Keselowski took the win in the #22 car while teammate Sam Hornish Jr
    followed him in second.  This was the
    third time in the last three years that the Penske Nationwide cars had finished
    1-2 and with the win, Penske Racing took home its 100th Nationwide
    Series win.  This was Keselowski’s second
    win in a row.

    Sam Hornish Jr continues to hang onto the 4th
    spot in 2012 Nationwide Series standings, 28 points behind leader Elliot
    Sadler.  As a Sprint Cup regular, Brad
    Keselowski is not in the running for the Nationwide championship.

    Qualifying was just as unkind to Keselowski and Hornish for
    the Sunday ‘Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard’ –
    formerly known as the Brickyard 400 before corporate America had their way with
    the naming rights of races.  Keselowski
    in the #2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger started in the 22nd position
    while teammate Sam Hornish Jr started in the 24th position in the #22
    Shell/Pennzoil Charger.  Hornish
    continues to fill in for AJ Allmendinger, who has been indefinitely suspended
    for failing two drug tests. 

    By the end of the race, both Penske Racing Dodge Chargers had
    worked their way up through the field a bit but they fell well short of a
    repeat from Saturday’s performance. 
    Keselowski managed to get up to the 9th spot while Hornish
    settled for a 16th place finishing position.  Brad Keselowski’s 10th top 10
    finish of the year allowed him to move up one point in the 2012 Sprint Cup
    season standings – now sitting in the 9th position as he jumped Toyota
    driver Clint Bowyer.  As a Nationwide
    Series regular,  Sam Hornish Jr is not in
    the running for the Sprint Cup championship even though it looks as though he
    may finish the season in the #22 Shell/Pennzoil car due to Allmendinger’s

    The NASCAR Sprint Cup heads to Pocono this weekend for the
    Pennsylvania 400 while the NASCAR Nationwide Series makes a stop in Iowa for
    the U.S. Cellular 250 presented by the Enlist Weed Control System.