By Patrick Rall
It has been an up and down season for NASCAR Dodge fans and
this past weekend in Texas is one that most Mopar lovers would likely forget. Between the two races in Texas this past
weekend with the Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Saturday and the
Sprint Cup Samsung Mobile 500 on Sunday, there were 86 total cars qualified but
just four of them were Dodge products.
In Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300, Brad Keselowski and Sam
Hornish Jr were the only two drivers piloting Dodge Challengers and with
starting positions of 12th and 14th the teammates were
poised for another day of front running.
Things went fairly well for Sam Hornish Jr as he rolled into an 11th
place finish in his #12 Wurth Challenger but for Keselowski, early engine
troubles dashed his hopes of winning and he was forced to finish 35th
– 41 laps off of the pace. Hornish now
sits in 4th place in the Nationwide season standings.
On Sunday, Keselowski and teammate AJ Allmendinger were the
only two drivers piloting Dodge Chargers with starting positions of 8th
and 12th. Allmendinger’s #22
Shell/Pennzoil Charger had handling issues all day but even with those
problems, he managed to finish a respectable 15th. However, for Brad Keselowski’s #2 Miller Lite
Charger, it was a much worse day. As has
been the case for Keselowski’s team several times this season, fuel delivery
issues forced him into the garage area – forcing him to settle for a 36th
place finish. This poor outing dropped
Keselowski to 15th in the season standings while Allmendinger moved
up one spot to 19th.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup heads to Kansas this weekend to be
joined by the Camping World Trucks. The
Nationwide teams have this weekend off.