Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes – NSCS Race Advance – Richmond

By Auto News Log • September 8th, 2010

RICHMOND – For Immediate Release
Dodge Motorsports NSCS Race Advance
Air Guard 400
Richmond International Raceway
Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010
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DODGE AT RICHMOND INT’L RACEWAY

• Dodge has 17 wins at Richmond including three since the manufacturer returned to NASCAR’s premier series in 2001.
• Lee Petty drove a Dodge to victory in the first NASCAR race at Richmond in1953; a 200-lap event on what was then a .5-mile dirt track.
• Dodge winners at Richmond in addition to Petty include Buck Baker, David Pearson, Cotton Owens, Bobby Allison, Richard Petty, Dave Marcis, Neil Bonnett, Ryan Newman, Jeremy Mayfield and Kasey Kahne.
• Current Dodge driver Kurt Busch won the Richmond event in the fall of 2005 prior to joining the Dodge family. He was runner-up at the fall event last year.
• Brad Keselowski has posted top-10 starts in his two previous Sprint Cup outings at RIR

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 HISTORICAL DATA

• First Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win: Lee Petty, 2/1/53, West Palm Beach, Fla., 100 miles, .5-mile track.
• First Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win at RIR: Lee Petty, 04/19/1953, 1953 Richmond 200, 45.535 mph avg. speed.
• Last Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win at RIR: Kasey Kahne, 05/11/2005, Chevy 400, 100.316 mph avg. speed.

DODGE NUGGETS

• Kurt Busch will be making his fifth appearance in NASCAR’s Chase to the Sprint Cup which begins next weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Busch is the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champion.
• Penske Racing has five wins at Richmond International Raceway (Rusty Wallace – 4, Ryan Newman – 1).
• Dodge’s last start from the pole at RIR came at the spring event in 2005 (Kasey Kahne). He won the race, leading 242 of the 400 laps en route to his first Chase berth.

DID YOU KNOW?

• Kurt Busch secured a spot in the 2010 NASCAR Sprint to the Championship after his sixth-place finish last weekend at Atlanta.
• Brad Keselowski has an avg. starting position of 7.5 at Richmond.
• Sam Hornish’s career-best RIR finish of sixth came at the spring event in 2009.

RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY FAST FACTS

• Of the 108 NASCAR Sprint Cup events at Richmond, the pole sitter has visited victory lane 22 times.
• The deepest qualifier to win at Richmond started from the 31st starting position.
• Six drivers have five or more Richmond victories, but none are currently active.
• Five drivers in the 2009 Chase are currently outside looking in.
• Two Chase berths are still up for grabs; drivers ranked 17th and lower have been eliminated.

DODGE MOTORSPORTS QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“We’re focused on winning this weekend at Richmond, picking up those valuable bonus points entering the Chase and going into those final 10 races with a lot of momentum and a full-steam-ahead attitude. Some of the guys have won more races already this season and have more bonus points built up. We need to try to even the score and get on a more level playing field as we head on to Loudon (New Hampshire Motor Speedway) and kick off this year’s Chase.”
Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite 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 – 817

DODGE MOTORSPORTS ENGINEERING TIDBIT

“Saturday night at Richmond always produces exciting racing. The track seems to widen out during the race and it allows for some great side-by-side racing. It is important to get the car turning well through the center of the corners while still having the rear secure under throttle on exit. Richmond has been a strong track for Sam in NASCAR with two top-10 finishes there last season.”
Travis Geisler, crew chief, No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

DODGE DRIVER QUOTES

“Richmond has been a really strong track for us through the years and we’re looking to continue that level of success there this weekend. We finished second there last September and had a really strong Miller Lite Dodge Charger. The record book looks like we struggled in the spring race there and finished 18th, but it really doesn’t tell the whole story. The fact was that we got the car back to the shop and found out that we left the sway bar loose. When that happens, you’re faced with trying to tackle a loose race car and that was definitely the case at Richmond back in the May race.”
Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

“I’ve always enjoyed racing at Richmond International Raceway and have been able to find success there in both NASCAR and the IndyCar Series. Last season, the Mobil 1 team earned top-10 finishes in both races at Richmond and we know we are capable of a strong finish this weekend. Richmond is a multi-groove race track and that makes for exciting racing, but patience is so important. You have to put yourself in position to be there at the end of the race when it matters most.”
Sam Hornish Jr. No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

“We need to find just a little more raw speed this weekend when we get back to Richmond. Our qualifying effort was very solid, but we just missed it a little bit on the race setup. We were competitive at the end thanks to a lot of hard work on pit road, but we want to start the race a little better. If we can find those precious tenths of a second – and those last tenths are the hardest to find – I think we can run inside the top-10, or higher.”
Brad Keselowski, No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger

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