Team Dodge runs strong in Charlotte, Iowa but claims no victories

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brad keselowski dodeg charger miller lite.jpgThis past weekend marked a unique stop at Charlotte Motor
Speedway for NASCAR as the Camping World Truck Series and the Sprint Cup Series
each took their turn on the superspeedway for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup All Star
Weekend while the Nationwide Series was in Iowa. The weekend started with the
Camping World Truck Series N. C. Education Lottery 200 on Friday, and ended
with the Nationwide Series Pioneer Hi-Bred 250 on Sunday while the Sprint Cup
drivers ran two short races on Saturday as part of the million dollar Sprint All
Star Race.

For Friday’s N. C. Education Lottery 200, 4 of the 36 trucks
in the field were Ram brand vehicles. 
Camping World regulars Parker Kilgerman, Jennifer Jo Cobb, and Clay
Greenfield qualified in the 14th, 25th and 33rd
spots, respectively.  These three Ram
racers were joined by Sprint Cup driver Brand Keselowski who started in 9th
place.  Greenfield ran into steering
issues just 6 laps into the race to finish last while Cobb finished in 26th,
9 laps down.  Kilgerman’s drove his Mopar
sponsored race Ram to a 11th place finish while Brad Keselowski was
the best finishing Ram, coming just short of winner Justin Loften en route to a
second place finish.  Kilgerman moved up
one spot in the standings to 5th with his 11th place

On Sunday, the NASCAR Nationwide Series took to Iowa Motor Speedway
for the Pioneer Hi-Bred 250 with just 2 Dodge Challenger stock cars in the 43
car field.  Parker Kilgerman filled in
for Brad Keselowski and started in the 10th position in the #22
Discount Tire entry while Sam Hornish Jr sported the #12 Challenger sponsored
by Detroit Genuine Parts and started on the outside of row 1.  Both Kilgerman and Hornish were in the mix
all day but when the checked flag dropped, Kilgerman was in the 8th
spot while Hornish was back in 12th. 
Sam Hornish Jr. held onto his 4th place position in the
season standings, 74 points behind series leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Finally, on Saturday the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers took to
the track for a pair of races beginning with the 40 lap Sprint Shootout.  The first and second finishers in this race
would earn the right to run in the 90 lap Sprint All Star Race along with the
20 top qualifiers and the “fan favorite” from the Sprint Shootout.  AJ Allmendinger started on the pole position
for the Sprint Shootout and while he lost a last lap battle with Dale Earnhardt
Jr, his second place finish was good enough to get him into the All Star Race.

In the Sprint All Star Race, AJ Allmendinger started in the
22nd position after finishing second in the Sprint Showdown while Brad
Keselowski started in the 19th position by virtue of his qualifying
time.  This year, the All Star Race was
comprised of four 20-lap segments and a 10-lap shootout after a mandatory pit
stop.  Prior to the 10-lap shootout, the
winner of each of the first four 20-lap segments were lined up in the front
four positions.  Brad Keselowski won the
third 20-lap segment in his #2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger, setting him up to
battle for the win in the final 10 laps but in the end, Jimmie Johnson held
Keselowski off to win the million dollar All Star Race.

The Sprint Cup drivers are back in Charlotte this weekend
for the Coca Cola 600 and will be joined by the Nationwide Series cars in the
History 300.

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