Brad Keselowski and the #2 Miller lite Dodge continue to solidify their position in the season-long point standings. They are still in 10th place for the Sprint Cup Chase, but just one point behind Clint Bowyer. Indeed, only fifteen points separate Denny Hamlin in the fifth spot back to Keselowski in 10th. From 10th to 11th is a 50-point spread as of this posting.
This past weekend’s stop in Loudon, N.H., for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 found the outspoken pilot moving from his start in the 22nd position to fifth place when the checkered flag fell on the short track. A late race charge salvaged the event, and Keselowski admitted that it was all the team had for the field here. He was proud of their effort, but noted it was hard to be happy when winning is the goal.
Meanwhile, he did find dominance and victory circle in the Discount Tire Challenger on Saturday, besting Kevin Harvick for the crown in the Nationwide series event at Loudon; it is his second win in this series in 2012. This was after starting from the pole for the 23rd Annual F.W. Webb 200 with a track-record lap of 29.067 seconds, 131.035 mph. Sam Hornish Jr. was fourth at this race and remains fourth in the series points standings. No quotes were available at press time from this race, unfortunately.
In other news, A.J. Allmendinger B sample drug test will happen next Tuesday and Allmendinger will have a certified toxicologist he has hired on hand when it occurs. He maintains he is innocent of ingesting anything beyond a ‘stimulant,’ thought to be an energy drink or supplement. Teammate Keselowski stated on Friday that he is very concerned about the testing process, which can destroy a career, but went on to say that athletes of all sorts should be willing to deal with pain and stress by means that do not require any chemical supplements.
Final note is that Kurt Busch might be back in a Dodge should Andretti Racing decide that will be their direction for 2013. Andretti, which is looking at entering the Sprint Cup series in the position of owner, is reportedly serious about giving the former Penske driver a ride should they step up. In the interim, though, there are still no Dodge teams signed up for the upcoming season.