Brad Keselowski Has Impressive Weekend At Phoenix.
2013 Sprint Cup Dodge Charger Reveal Sunday At Las Vegas
Brad Keselowski capped a successful racing weekend at Phoenix International Raceway with a fifth-place finish in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race after a runner-up effort in Saturday's Nationwide Series event.
Keselowski ran among the leaders through the 312-lap Sprint Cup race and was in position to challenge for the win in the closing laps in the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger. His fifth-place finish vaults him up 17 spots to 12th in the driver point standings.
A.J. Allmendinger ran into trouble on lap 133 when he was involved in a three-car mishap on the frontstretch. The crew made repairs to the No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge and got him back on the track, but out of contention.
The Dodge Charger that will compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2013 will be unveiled at Last Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 11.
NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES (NNS)
Brad Keselowski posted his second consecutive runner-up finish of the 2012 season in the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger in Saturday's Nationwide Series event at Phoenix Int'l Raceway. Teammate Sam Hornish Jr. finished sixth in the No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Challenger. Keselowski ended the 2011 season with seven consecutive finishes of sixth or better, including three victories. He just missed a win in the season opener at Daytona (finishing second) and was equally close to victory in the 200-lap event in the desert. He led once for seven laps before surrendering the lead to race winner Elliott Sadler on lap 275. It was Keselowski's sixth top-10 finish in 11 races at PIR. Hornish jumped to sixth in the driver point standings. He's just 26 behind the leader.
When the season started, there were four riders in the Dodge/Hart and Huntington stable. That number was down to one for Saturday night's 20-lap feature at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. Kyle Partridge was injured during the third qualifying session and transported to a local hospital with injuries to his right foot. Teammates Ivan Tedesco and Josh Hill have been sidelines for several weeks with injuries. The remaining member of the Dodge/Hart and Huntington team, Josh Hansen, qualified for his ninth consecutive Main Event. He ran inside the top five early in the feature before misfortune struck. He stalled his Kawasaki and lost several positions trying to re-fire his bike. Riding on a tender ankle received in the heat race, Hansen elected to retire early. He finished 20th.
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES (NCWTS)
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be idle until March 31 when the series visits Martinsville Speedway for a 250-lap event on the .533-mile track.