By Patrick Rall
This 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
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.