Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes – NSCS Race Advance – Texas Motor Speedway

By Auto News Log • November 3rd, 2010

FORT WORTH – For Immediate Release
Dodge Motorsports NSCS Race Advance
AAA Texas 500
Texas Motor Speedway
Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010
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DODGE AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

• Dodge has three wins at TMS (Kurt Busch – 2009, Kasey Kahne – 2006 and Ryan Newman – 2003).
• Dodge earned three consecutive poles at TMS (Newman made it a sweep in 2005 and Kahne started from the pole in the spring race in 2006.
• Dodge’s Kurt Bush has one win, two top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 14 career starts at Texas Motor Speedway
• Dodge has the only Sprint Cup win from the pole at TMS (Kahne – 2006).

THE DODGE BOYS

• Dodge has 207 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories.
• Dodge’s most recent win came at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. Kurt Busch led 252 of 400 laps en route to victory in the Coca-Cola 600. It was his second win of the 2010 season.
• Dodge teams have posted 47 victories since the manufacturer’s return to NASCAR’s premier series in 2001 after being out of the sport since 1977.
• First Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win: Lee Petty, 2/1/53, West Palm, Fla., 100 miles, .5-mile track.
• Last Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win: Kurt Busch, 3/07/2010, Hampton, Ga., 176.498 mph avg. speed, 1.5-mile track.

DODGE MOTORSPORTS ENGINEERING QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“After some side trips to the half-mile of Martinsville and the enormous 2.66 miles of Talladega, the series returns to the familiar confines of another mile-and-a-half speedway in Texas. Like it or not, mile-and-a-half speedways are a very big part of this series and two of the last three races are just that. You’d think the successful teams at Charlotte three weeks ago would be ready for Texas. But there’s just enough difference in the two that setups here have to be extra mindful of the extreme loads that the right front tire sees. With corner entry speeds of 200 mph, Texas is a chassis punishing track.”
Howard Comstock – Dodge Motorsports Engineering

TEXAS NUGGETS

• Kurt Busch win at last year’s Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway was the largest margin of victory (25.686 seconds) since the inception of timing and scoring in 1993.
• Penske Racing’s Brad Keselowski made his Dodge Sprint Cup debut at the TMS fall event last year, driving the No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger.
* Sam Hornish will host the sixth annual AutoTrader.com Sam Hornish Jr. Celebrity Bowling Tournament presented by Main Event on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010. The tournament is open to the public and it will take place at Main Event Entertainment in Grapevine, Texas. To date, the tournament has raised over $525,000 for the Texas chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities. Find more information at http://bit.ly/dt1riL.

FAST FACT

• Kurt Busch’s 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship was decided by a mere eight points – the closest margin in the seven-year history of the Chase.
• Sam Hornish has a NSCS career-best average starting position of 12.6 at Texas Motor Speedway.
* Dodge’s Brad Keselowski has earned back-to-back top 10s in the last two Sprint Cup Series races in his No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger – the first time he has done so this season.

DODGE IN THE CHASE: TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

• 2004: Texas Motor Speedway was not a part of the Chase.
• 2005: Ryan Newman earned the pole, led 88 laps and finished 25th. Rusty Wallace finished 26th and Jeremy Mayfield 35th in the Dodge three-car contingent.
• 2006: Kasey Kahne was the lone Dodge driver in the Chase. He qualified fourth, led two laps, but engine problems led to a finish of 33rd.
• 2007: Kurt Busch led 37 laps after qualifying third and drove his Dodge to an eighth-place finish.
• 2008: There were no Dodges in the 2008 Chase field.
• 2009: Kurt Busch, the lone Dodge representative in the Chase, started third and led 89 laps at TMS en route to claiming his first and only win at the speedway. Busch’s win marked his third-consecutive top 10 finish at the 1.5-mile track.

KURT BUSCH – INSIDE THE CHASE NUMBERS

• Busch is competing in the Chase for the Sprint Cup for the fifth time: 2004 – Champion, 2005 – 10th, 2007 – seventh and 2009 – fourth.
• Busch is ninth in the Chase standings after finishing 30th at Talladega. He’s 350 points behind the leader.
• Busch was ranked sixth, 312 points behind the leader, after seven races in the 2009 Chase.
• Busch’s average finish in 15 starts at Texas is 13.13; he has an average starting position of 16.8.
• His best finish at Texas was last fall when we won the 2009 Dickies 500 after starting third. He has three top-five and six top-10 finishes in 15 Texas starts.
• Through seven Chase races this year, Busch’s average finish is 18.4.
• In 33 races this season, Busch has two wins along with nine top-five and 16 top-10 finishes.
• Has competed in 66 Chase races since 2004 (47 have been in a Dodge) with 16 top-five and 33 top-10 finishes.
• Scored six wins and 36 top-10 finishes in 95 races on 1.5-mile tracks.

“We won last November’s Texas race and came back with another strong performance there back in April when we finished fourth. That was the first race with the spoiler, and it made a big difference as far as feeling the immediate impact of it. It will be good to get back out there. With the notes we have, weʹre definitely shooting for the stars again this time around.ʺ
Kurt Busch, No. 2 Operation Home Front/Miller Lite Dodge Charger

“Texas Motor Speedway is not a normal cookie-cutter track; it’s similar to Atlanta Motor Speedway where the cars slide around the older surface. The 1.5-mile tracks have been good to me since coming to NASCAR and I’ve had a lot of success at Texas in the IndyCar Series. It would be great to have a strong run this weekend for our friends at AAA.”
Sam Hornish Jr. No. 77 AAA Dodge Charger

“Texas really is a unique racetrack, a unique layout. From above it looks like any normal 1.5-mile track, but the transitions into and off the corners are quite a bit different than Charlotte, Las Vegas or any of the other mile-and-a-halfs. There is a lot of banking into the corners, which means you can carry a lot of speed in and to the center, but you lose that speed on exit as the track flattens out. It’s difficult because normally you can carry the same amount of grip and speed on both corner entry and corner exit. You have to adjust accordingly and sometimes that’s hard to do at 180 miles per hour. It’s easy to find yourself in trouble, especially off of Turn 2.”
Brad Keselowski, No 12 Penske Dodge Charger

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