New Hampshire Motor Speedway was good to Dodge last weekend

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This past weekend, the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Sprint
Cup Series made a stop in Loudon New Hampshire with the Global RallyCross crew –
with the first win by the 2013 Dodge Dart rally car joined by another
Nationwide Series win for Brad Keselowski.

On Saturday, July 14th, the NASCAR Nationwide
Series took to the pavement of New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the F.W. Webb
200.  There were only 2 Dodge Challengers
entered in the 43 car field but with the 1st and 6th starting
positions – Team Penske had high hopes for their drivers.  Starting on the pole was Brad Keselowski in
his #22 Snap On Tools Dodge Challenger while teammate Sam Hornish Jr started on
the outside of the 3rd row (6th position) in his #12
Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Challenger. 
Both cars ran strong all day and when the checkered flag dropped after
200 laps – Brad Keselowski was the winner and Hornish finished a few spots back
in 4th.  With his 4th
place finish, Hornish continued to hold onto the 4th position in the
season standings, just 32 points behind point leader Elliot Saddler.  This is Keselowski’s second win of the
Nationwide Series season but he is not participating in the battle for the Nationwide
championship so he earned no points for this race.

Things were a little different on Sunday for the Penske
Dodge Chargers as Brad Keselowski qualified way back in 22nd
position in his #2 Miller Lite car with teammate Sam Horning Jr starting right
behind him in 24th in the #22 Shell/Pennzoil car normally driven by
AJ Allmendinger.  Hornish was filling in
for the second race in a row while Allmendinger works to appeal the indefinite suspension
handed down by NASCAR officials after failing a random drug test.

Similar to the Saturday race, Brad Keselowski had a strong
car in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 and was near the front of the field for
much of the day but when the checkered dropped, Keselowski settled for a 5th
place finish.  Hornish struggled all day
and ended up one lap down – finishing in the 22nd spot.  Keselowski’s 5th place finished
caused him to drop from 9th to 10th place in the Sprint
Cup season standings, just one point behind Toyota driver Clint Bowyer.  However, so long as Brad Keselowski can
remain in the top 12, he has a chance at winning the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup
championship.

The Sprint Cup drivers are off this weekend as they prepare
for the battle at the Brickyard.  The
Nationwide Series races again this Sunday at Chicagoland speedway in the STP
300 and they will be joined by the Camping World Truck Series who takes to the
track on Saturday for the American Ethanol 250. 
With the Sprint Cup taking a week off, we can probably expect to see
plenty of NASCAR regulars racing in the trucks this Saturday – hopefully including
Brad Keselowski.

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