Penske’s No. 22 makes third straight stop in Victory Lane


What is it about Penske Racing’s No. 22 Ford Mustang?

AJ Allmendinger drove it to victory in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, making it three straight races the car has ended the day parked in Victory Lane.

Brad Keselowski has won four times, including the last two races, and Joey Logano has won twice in it, including a July 21 victory at Chicago. Add Allmendinger’s two victories in the car and that’s eight this season.

Allmendinger also made it a clean sweep of the series’ road races for Penske. Keselowski drove the No. 22 car to victory last weekend at Watkins Glen.

Teammate Sam Hornish Jr., who finished third Saturday and assumed the NASCAR Nationwide points lead, said the men driving the car make a big difference.

“Those guys are good,” he said. “Brad is good in either car in this division and Joey always has run good in this series. And AJ is great on road courses.”

The win had another meaning for No. 22 crew chief Jeremy Bullins. Penske logged the first-ever NASCAR Nationwide win here.

“It was cool to get that for him,” he said of owner Roger Penske, one of the most successful owners in the history of motorsports. “It’s another page in the history book.”

Hornish said he feels his No. 12 Mustang has worked well with the No. 22 car no matter who’s driving it. He’s got a 13-point lead in the standings with 11 races left in the series.