By Patrick Rall
Brad Keselowski and his #2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger headed
to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Victory Lane for the third time this season last
Sunday in Kentucky and on the weekend – no Dodge stock car finished worse than
ninth in the Sprint Cup or Nationwide Series.
On Saturday, there were only two Dodge Challengers in the 43
car field for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky
Speedway with Brad Keselowski’s #22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger starting 3rd
while Sam Hornish Jr’s #12 Wurth Dodge Challenger started in the 4th
place as Team Penske dominated the second qualifying row. Unfortunately, qualifying went a bit better
than did the race itself as Hornish was finished in the 6th spot
while Keselowski settled for a 7th place finish. Austin Dillon won the race in his #3 Bass Pro
Shops Chevrolet Impala. In finishing in
the 6th place, Sam Hornish Jr. held steady in the 4th
place in the battle for the 2012 Nationwide Series championship.
In Sunday’s Quaker State 400, Brad Keselowski and his #2
Miller Lite Dodge Charger started in the 8th spot while his
teammate, AJ Allmendinger, started in the 16th position with his #22
Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger.
Allmendinger ran well all day and by the end of the race, he had managed
to position himself into the top ten with a 9th place finish. Things went much better for Brad Keselowski
who was around the front of the field all day and although Kurt Busch led the
most laps with his #18 Toyota Camry – Keselowski led the only lap that matters
as he held off Kasey Kahne for his third win of the year.
Keselowski’s 3rd win of the season unfortunately did
not move him upwards of his current 10th place position but the
important part is that he is in the top group that will participate in the
Chase for the Cup. AJ Allmendinger has
some work to do as he currently sits in the 23rd position.