The 2013 Dodge Charger stock car with the 2012 Dodge Charger road car

Dodge leaving NASCAR after 2012 (video)

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The hoards of faithful Dodge loving NASCAR fans around the country received some very bad news this week as SRT Motorsports President and Chief Executive Officer Ralph Gilles announced that Dodge would be pulling out of the NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series after the current 2012 racing season.

Generally when an automaker pulls out of a major racing series such as NASCAR it is because their cars aren’t competitive but that hasn’t been the case for the few Dodge Charger and Challenger stock cars running the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series this year. Even though there is only one major team in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series with two cars each – there is a Dodge Challenger currently in the 4th spot for the Nationwide Series and a Dodge Charger in the 7th spot in the Sprint Cup Series.

Sam Hornish Jr. has not won a race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this season but he has been incredibly consistent in his #12 Wurth Dodge Challenger, finishing in the top 5 6 times and the top 10 13 times in 20 starts. Hornish is sitting in 4th place, just 34 points out of first place so he could definitely make a run for the 2012 championship. While Sprint Cup regular Brad Keselowski is not eligible for Nationwide Series points, he has started 20 races; winning 3, while grabbing 3 top 5s and 10 top 10s in his #22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger. These two team Penske Racing Challengers have also seen success with other drivers making cameo appearances like former open wheeler Jacque Villeneuve.

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