dodge charger keselowski race car.jpgThis past weekend, the NASCAR world turned their attention
    to the Kansas Speedway where the Camping World Truck Series made its 4th
    stop of the season while the NASCAR Sprint Cup took to the track for the 8th
    event of the 2012 season. 

    The Saturday Camping World Truck Series race was the SFP 250
    and of the 36 trucks in the qualifying field, just three of them were Ram Truck
    brand race vehicles.  A pair of Rams
    occupied the 6th row in the starting grid with Parker Kilgerman’s
    #29 Reese Towpower Ram on the inside in 11th place while Brad
    Keselowski’s #119 Ram sponsored by Waste Management/ “Hiring
    Veterans” / Checkered Flag Foundation starting on the outside of the row
    in 12th.

    Overall, it proved
    to be a good day and good race for the Ram teams piloted by Keselowski and
    Kilgerman as they were in the top ten throughout the day – with Keselowski
    finishing 3rd and series regular Kilgerman finishing 8th.  Kilgerman’s strong finish didn’t prevent him
    from dropping spot in the season standings, now sitting in 6th.  Jennifer Jo Cobb’s #10 Mark One Electric Ram
    pickup was the third Ram entry in the field, starting 36th (last)
    and although she finished 7 laps down, she finished 25th.  This moved Cobb up 7 spots in the season
    standings to 36th. 

    On Sunday, things were looking very bright for the Dodge
    racing program as AJ Allmendinger claimed the pole position in his #22 AAA
    Dodge Charger.  Allmendinger was joined
    by teammate Brad Keselowski who started 11th with his #2 Miller Lite
    Charger and Sam Hornish Jr in the #12 SKF Dodge Charger who started 10th.  Allmendinger had big hopes for the STP 400,
    leading 44 laps early but things went south in a hurry when his engine began to
    run poorly around lap 76.  This engine
    issue would lead to lengthy periods in the pits forcing Allmendinger out of the
    running, with a disappointing 32nd place finish 10 laps off of the
    pace.  Keselowski had a fairly strong week,
    finishing in the same 11th place spot where he started while
    Nationwide Series regular Sam Hornish Jr struggled throughout the day en route
    to a 19th place finish – one lap down.  Hornish stayed out during a late-race pit
    session, allowing him to lead a few laps before handing over the lead as he
    headed into the pits for fresh gas and tires. 

    On the season, Brad Keselowski remains in the 15th
    position in the running for the championship while Allmendinger dropped 4
    positions to sit in 23rd. 
    After his first race of the Sprint Cup season, Hornish Jr sits in 49th
    place in overall standings.  Hornish
    currently holds the 4th position in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

    The NASCAR Nationwide Series was off this past weekend but
    it will rejoin the Sprint Cup group this coming weekend in Richmond for the Virginia
    529 College Savings 250 on Friday night. 
    The Sprint Cup cars take to the track this Saturday for the NASCAR
    Sprint Cup Series 400.  The Camping World
    Truck Series runs next on May 18th in Charlotte.