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Challenger finishes fourth in first NASCAR outing

by Bill Cawthon on

The NASCAR Dodge Challenger turned in a good run during its debut at the Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona last weekend. After taking the pole position, driver Brad Keselowski piloted the No. 22 Peske Racing Discount Tire Challenger to a fourth-place finish behind Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. It was Keselowski’s 16th consecutive top-ten finish in the Nationwide Series and it extended his points lead to 277, the largest lead this season. Parker Kligerman in the No. 26 Discount Tire Challenger, finished 13th, his best finish so far this year. Justin Allgaier, who is third in the Nationwide standings, drove the No. 12 Verizon Wireless Challenger, finishing in 17th place following a problem with the rear bumper cover.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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