Keselowski takes 4th in Nationwide series

Brad Keselowski runs inside Denny Hamlin, who finished second in the Sam’s Town 300. (James Drew photo)

The best finish for the Dodge brand was Brad Keselowski’s fourth place finish in the Sam’s Town 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Rookie Justin Allgaier finished three cars behind in the Verizon Wireless No. 12.

Keselowski had the pole position going into the race and set a new track record with a speed of 185.427 mph and a time of 29.122 seconds.

“What an accomplishment for this team,” Keselowski said. “We just got out there, pulled the belts tight and ran it as hard as I could. I didn’t breathe for about 60-seconds. Awesome lap.”

Keselowski’s crew chief Paul Wolfe echoed his driver’s excitement about his qualifying run. “A great effort by everyone on this Discount Tire Dodge team,” Wolfe said. “We just worked really hard to get the car to drive well and we’ve got a little speed here in qualifying too.”

Keselowski pulled double duty at Las Vegas, driving the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge in the Nationwide Series race on Saturday and the No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger in the Cup race on Sunday. For the Nationwide race, Keselowski used the chassis PRS-030, a brand new chassis to the team. []

Charges dropped with prejudice against Layson’s Restorations

Layson’s Restorations in Lakewood, Wash., has announced the end of a patent and trademark investigation in the state of Pennsylvania. This follows the FBI’s move to drop its case last fall. Having the charges dropped “with prejudice” means that the charged cannot be re-filed.

It is the end of a lengthy legal battle that began at the Chryslers at Carlisle event in July of 2008 when David Layson, owner of the business, was arrested on charges of theft by deception and trademark counterfeiting of Chrysler emblems.

Layson’s issued a statement, which reads in part: “We would like to express our deepest appreciation to our customers, vendors, business partners and even competitors who encouraged us and provided the moral support to see us through this difficult time.

“We want to extend a special thanks to Robert Wolff of Mopar Collectors Guide and Phil Painter – both of whom made the effort to see through the issues and into the truth of the matter. We will always be grateful.

“Going forward, we hope these developments when combined with a turnaround in the economy will allow us to recall some of the loyal employees we were forced to lay off and continue our quest to make more parts and improve our processes to better serve our customers who, along with our love of classic cars, motivate us to be the best we can be every day.”

The statement concludes, “In the end, we hope that the legal issues surrounding the manufacture and sale of legal reproduction parts have been resolved once and for all – for the good of the hobby, and those of us investing and working to restore valuable pieces of American automotive history.” []