By Patrick Rall
This past weekend marked the 10th stop on the
2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and with it came the second win for Team Penske
and Brad Keselowski in his #2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger. Keselowski started in the 13th
position and worked his way to the front of the field during the high speed
race around the 2.66 oval track.
the race, a caution flag led to a green-white-checked system that saw
Keselowski pushed past then-leader Matt Kenseth by Toyota driver Kyle Busch on
the second to last lap. Then, during the
last lap of the race, Keselowski was able to out-muscle the Toyota Camry car of
Busch to preserve the win. Teammate AJ
Allmendinger, who started on the outside of row 1 – finished 15th.
second win of the season moved him up to the 12th spot in the 2012
Sprint Cup season standings while AJ Allmendinger also moved up one spot, now
sitting in 20th.
Things weren’t so great for the two Dodge entries in the
Saturday NASCAR Nationwide Series as Keselowski had a strong start at 9th
but struggled all day to finish a fairly disappointing 20th – one lap
off the pace. Keselowski’s teammate Sam
Hornish Jr was towards the front of the field late in the race but ended up edging
out Danica Patrick for 12th in what turned into quite a melee. As the two crossed the line with Hornish
claiming 12th, his Dodge Challenger drifted up the track – squeezing
the sexy female driver into the wall.
Patrick glanced off with little impact but as the two cars entered turn
1 (after the race was over, mind you), Miss Patrick got into the back of
Hornish’s car – sending him into the outside wall in a fairly violent
fashion. Danica played it off as an
accident that she wrecked Hornish but many believe that it looked fairly
intentional. Perhaps she was too busy
texting her BFF about evening plans to see the slowing field but in any case –
Hornish finished 12th with a wrecked car. His finishing spot allowed him to hold onto
his 4th place spot in the season points.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series both head to
Darlington this weekend.