By Patrick Rall
This past weekend marked the 6th event for the
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the 2nd event of the year for the
Camping World Truck Series and while Team Dodge had a strong finish in the
Sunday race – things didn’t go quite so well for the Ram Trucks running on
The Ram Truck managed to field 4 of the 36 starting position
for Saturday’s Kroger 250 Camping World Truck Series as the pickups made the
second stop of the year – the first since Daytona Speedweeks. The Ram brand was represented by Parker
Kilgerman in the #29 Cooper Standard entry, Clay Greenfield in the #168
self-sponsored Ram, Dusty Davis in the #15 truck and Jennifer Jo Cobb in the #8
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the best of the Ram trucks in qualifying, starting in the 15th
position and during the course of the race, he was able to move his truck up to
an 11th place finishing position.
Dusty Davis started in the 24th position and ran into rear
gear problems; causing him to finish just 104 laps as he finished in 33rd
position. Clay Greenfield started in the
29th position, and like Davis, Greenfield ran into mechanical
troubles that caused him run just 151 laps out of 250. Jennifer Jo Cobb started 34th and
finished 34th, running just 95 laps before running into suspension problems
that put her behind the wall for the day.
Kilgerman’s strong run helped him move up 3 spots to 7th
in the Camping World Truck Series standings.
NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick took the win in the Kroger 250 in his #2
Chevrolet Silverado pickup sponsored by Tide and Kroger.
In Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500, the Sprint Cup racers
ran into a late race crash that took out a handful of the front-runners and
cleared the way for AJ Allmendinger to snag the 2nd finishing
position. Allmendinger started in 27th
position with his #22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger and thanks to having a
strong car all day long, AJ was able to work his way into the top five. When David Reutimann’s car stalled late in
the race, he brought out a caution with just a few laps left. This forced the field into a
green-white-checkered run to the finish but when they received that green flag,
Toyota driver Clint Bowyer forced a three-wide situation with Jeff Gordon and
Jimmie Johnson which resulted in a crash that took out the pair of Chevy’s that
had dominated the race. That set up a
shootout to the checkered flag between Allmendinger and former Dodge driver
Ryan Newman and since AJ drives a Dodge and not a Chevy – he did his best to
pass Newman clean but came up short in the end.
Some speculated that Allmendinger could have given Newman a little “bumper
love” to get around the Outback Chevy for his first win but AJ settled for a
runner-up spot with a clean conscience.
The only other Dodge in the race was Brad Keselowski, who started 7th
and finished 9th.
Allmendinger’s second place finished moved him up 6 spots to
20th on the season while Keselowski jumped 4 spots, now sitting in
12th place overall.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup heads to Texas where they will rejoin
the NASCAR Nationwide Series, who were off this past weekend. The trucks next take the track on April 15th