Dodge Muscles Its Way to Top Five Finishes this Weekend in Michigan and Montreal

It was a very productive weekend for the Dodge NASCAR/NNS teams on the racetracks of  North America as our drivers managed two Top Five finishes.


The hard charging Brad Keselowski in the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T finished third at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday. He’s turned into a point-scoring machine in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and has tallied 131 points in the last three races which has propelled him from 21st in the driver standings to 12th.


Keselowski’s third place finish in the Pure Michigan 400 comes on the heels of his second win of the season two weeks ago at Pocono and a runner-up finish last weekend at Watkins Glen.  Only Kyle Busch, Sunday’s race winner, has scored more points in that span, thanks to leading the most laps in two of the three events.


“We were decent today, about a fifth to 10th-place car. Paul (Wolfe, crew chief) and the guys did a great job making the right pit calls and executing. We probably finished better than what we had in the car. It was a solid day. I’m proud of my team and the whole Miller Lite Dodge Charger effort here. It was a pretty good race and a good run for the Miller Lite Dodge. The guys did a great job working on the car today. We executed well all day. Paul made some great calls on the pit box and we were able to bring home a third-place finish. It’s a great run for us here in Michigan, a solid day. I’m proud of my team. We gained some points and had another solid run.”


At the NNS race this past Saturday, Alex Tagliani, driving No. 12 Hot Wheels Dodge Challenger R/T, had an impressive finish and came in second place. “I was so happy to have the good fortune to race for Penske Racing and drive the Dodge Challenger R/T this weekend. It was pretty quick. It was unfortunate for Jacques (Villeneuve) with what happened on one of the restarts. We decided to go with a car that was very good on the long runs and very good on the tires. I think we had one of the fastest cars on the long runs, but all of those restarts were pretty tough for us. I’ve very proud, very thankful for all the help I had from Penske Racing. It was great to drive the Hot Wheels Dodge this weekend here in Montreal” said Alex.



  • Mopar_Dodge_91
    Posted August 23, 2011 at 2:38 am | Permalink

    Man I think Brad K is going to be a big sleeper in the Chase. It was nice to see Jacques Villeneuve back in the #22 NWS car. Always fun/interesting to watch him. And kool to see Alex Tagliani racing hard in the #12. Hope to see him back in a Penske car in the future.

  • HEMIhead
    Posted August 23, 2011 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    Excellent job by the Dodge Boys! I think pretty soon Brad K won’t need a wild card spot to
    get into the chase. Another great finish like he had at Michigan and he’ll be in the top ten,
    and knock one of those not so deserving guys like T.Stewart or Jr. out of contention.
    There’s rumors going around that Joe Gibbs/Home Depot wants Brad K to run the #20.
    Not sure when Kes’s contract with Penske is up, but Dodge would be foolish to let him go.
    That had better be a joke!

  • Mopar_Dodge_91
    Posted August 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    @HEMIhead; I believe Brad K contract is good threw 2013. I dont see him going anywhere. I do see Penske going to a 3rd team, with Parker K coming up in the future. I’ve always thought Jacques Villeneuve was a good driver when he did part time in the Sprint Cup Series. His feed back on the car, and how he wants it, was really good. He knew what he wanted outta his car, to make it better.

  • HEMIhead
    Posted August 23, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    @Mopar_Dodge_91, I hope you are right about all of that. Penske with 3 teams would be awesome! Go Dodge! I hear HD are not impressed with Joey Lagano, and now rumors of
    Brad K to the #20. Like I said before, that better be a joke.

    Posted August 23, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations, Brad…good job!  As you can see, driving in the Nationwide series the day before the Sprint Cup just ruins your concentration.  Brad has not driven in the Nationwide series the last few weeks and he is now doing great.  On the other hand, Kurt Busch drove in the Nationwide and he is now DNFing race after race.  He may even not make the Chase.  I really think drivers should have to choose to drive in one series or the other.  Dodge is running different cars in each series when Toyota runs the same old Camry (that is why Kyle Busch can rack up the wins all the time).  NASCAR should make all the car manufacturers run a different car in the Nationwide series, i.e., Camaro, new Supra or Celica for Toyota…it just isn’t fair.  The cup drivers are winning all the Nationwide races and making it look like parents playing against their four year old kids in teeball.

  • gustavo
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    hi love the new charger but I have doubts because a 4-door. SOME sites I’ve seen inprojects in Brazil 2 charger ports. below follows some IMAGES

    Posted August 28, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    gustavo, that is a sharp looking two door Charger.  Dodge couldn’t make enough of these if they offered them in a two door.  What are they waiting for?  Thanks for sharing the photo with us.

    Posted August 28, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    Congrats, Brad on another win!  Keep them coming and win the Championship this year!!!  I want to see Jimmy and Kyle cry.

  • HEMIhead
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Wow! That is a great looking two door charger! You listening Dodge? Let’s get it done!
    I promise I will buy one!

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