Dodge Motorsports NSCS Race Advance – CARFAX 400 – Michigan International Speedway
BROOKLYN, Mich. – For Immediate Release
Dodge Motorsports NSCS Race Advance
Michigan International Speedway
Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010
THE DODGE BOYS
• Dodge has 207 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories.
• Dodge’s most recent win came at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kurt Busch led 252 of 400 laps en route to victory in the Coca-Cola 600.
• Dodge has claimed two Sprint Cup victories in 2010.
• Dodge teams have posted 47 wins since the manufacturer’s return to NASCAR’s premier series in 2001 after being out of the sport since 1977.
• Dodge has posted wins each season since it’s return in 2001 including seven wins twice (2002 and 2006).
DODGE AT MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
• Dodge has won nine races at Michigan International Speedway (Charlie Glotzbach, Richard Petty (2), Sterling Marlin, Ryan Newman (2), Jeremy Mayfield, Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch.
• Busch started from the pole at MIS in June, his first at the two-mile track. It was his second pole of 2010.
• Busch won the rain-shortened race in August 2007 after starting 15th. He has two wins at MIS and seven top-10 finishes in 18 starts.
• Dodge has the MIS qualifying record of 37.069 seconds, 194.232 mph (Newman, June 2005).
• A Dodge has started from the pole in five of the last 15 races at MIS (Newman – 2, Mayfield, Kahne and Busch).
• Dodge’s highest driver finish at MIS in June was a third by Busch.
• Busch has started in the top 10 in the last three races at Michigan.
MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY FAST FACTS
• Roger Penske was the primary owner of MIS from 1996 to 1999.
• Dodge’s Kurt Busch (99.5) has the fifth-highest driver rating at Michigan.
• In 83 starts at Michigan International Speedway, Penske Racing has six wins along with 3 top-five and 31 top-10 finishes.
DID YOU KNOW?
• Dodge’s Brad Keselowski and father Bob are two of eight drivers from Michigan who have won an event in one of NASCAR’s three major touring series (Brad – 1 Cup, 9 Nationwide and Bob – 1 Camping World Truck).
• Kurt Busch gained three positions in the Sprint Cup driver standings after his runner-up finish last weekend at Watkins Glen.
• Only three of the last seven races at Michigan were won from a top-10 starting position.
• First Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win: Lee Petty, 2/1/53, West Palm, Fla., 100 miles, .5-mile track.
• First Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Win at Michigan: Charlie Glotzbach from the pole in the August 1970 Yankee 400.
KURT BUSCH – INSIDE THE CHASE NUMBERS
• Busch is currently fourth in the Sprint Cup standings, 318 points out of first and 251 ahead of the driver currently in 13th (Mark Martin).
• Busch has 11 wins at the four tracks hosting events leading up to the 10-race Chase: Michigan – 2, Bristol – 5, Atlanta –3, Richmond – 1.
• Busch’s average finish at the four races leading up to the Chase cutoff are; Michigan – 19.4, Bristol – 13.2, Atlanta -18.7 and Richmond – 17.8.
• Kurt Busch (8.9) has the second-highest average starting position this season (Jimmie Johnson – 7.7).
“The second trip to Michigan this year will be an opportunity for teams to either build on the success they had here in June or throw away that setup and try something new. Either way, Michigan will still be the toughest test of the year on engine components that are strained to their limits on this long, smooth, and wide open track.”
Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering
DODGE MOTORSPORTS QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“We have such a great relationship with Ralph Gilles and all the folks at Dodge. They are super supporters of Penske Racing. We’ve been so proud to take Dodge to Victory Lane in the Atlanta and Charlotte point races and in the big Sprint All-Star Race. A win at Michigan on Sunday would be great for Dodge and super for Miller Lite and all our sponsors.”
Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Vortex Dodge Charger
DODGE DRIVER QUOTES
“What we need is a win. We take those bonus points with us to the Chase. So, if we can win at Michigan, we’re going for it. Our point situation is comfortable, but we’re not locked in by any means. We still have to continue to play it smart.
“Last June, we just got a little bit tighter as the race track rubbered-in and as the race reached the latter part. We have to make the Miller Lite Dodge a little bit more adjustable and maybe not handle as good early, but be able to attack at the end.”
Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Vortex Dodge Charger
“If your car is not perfect during a run, you can hunt around for a good line on track and there is plenty of room to pass at Michigan International Speedway. Because it is such a big track, the outcome of the race always seems to come down to fuel mileage. I feel that this Mobil 1 Dodge team plays that game pretty well, as well as any other team. If we have a strong car and the race comes down to fuel mileage, I feel that Sunday could be a really good day for us.”
Sam Hornish Jr. No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger
“I think the new spoiler affects us everywhere we go, with the exception of a Martinsville. It certainly made a difference in the first race at Michigan. The draft was a little bigger than normal. I think the racing through the corners was some of the best that we’ve seen. The overall top speed is slower, but the corner speed and grip is higher. It will be interesting to see how much we learned from that first race that we can apply as we go back a second time. I know that it’s been something we’ve really placed an emphasis on because I’m sure that racing will change again, for the better.”
Brad Keselowski, No 12 Dodge Charger
DODGE BOYS SPRINT CUP 2010 BEST
• Kurt Busch
Start – Pole – Las Vegas
Finish – Win – Atlanta, Charlotte 1
• Brad Keselowski
Start – Sixth – Richmond
Finish – 12th – Martinsville, Darlington
• Sam Hornish Jr.
Start – Second – Texas,
Finish – 11th – Pocono
• Laps Led (Race) Kurt Busch – 278 – Bristol
• Laps Led (Total) Kurt Busch – 807
Source: Dodge Motorsports