Dodge Motorsports NSCS Race Advance – Aaron’s 499 – Talladega Superspeedway

By Auto News Log • April 20th, 2010

Talladega, Ala. – For Immediate Release
Dodge Motorsports NSCS Race Advance
Aaron’s 499
Talladega Superspeedway
Sunday, April 25, 2010

• Dodge has 206 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins.
• Dodge’s most recent win came at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kurt Busch led 129 laps en route to victory in the Kobalt Tools 500.
• Dodge claimed four Sprint Cup Series victories in 2009.
• Dodge teams have posted 46 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’s Brad Keselowski is the defending event champion at the Aaron’s 499. Keselowski led only one lap en route to his first Sprint Cup win at the 2.66-mile, high-banked oval.
• Richard Brickhouse drove a Nichels-owned winged Dodge Daytona to victory in the inaugural Talladega 500. The event was boycotted by many of the top NASCAR drivers. It was his only Sprint Cup win in 39 races.
• Dodge has three wins at Talladega. In addition to Brickhouse, Richard Petty (1974) and Dave Marcis (1976) have ‘Dega wins.
• Dodge has earned one pole at Talladega since returning to Cup Series in 2001 (Stacy Compton – 2001).

• 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.
• First Dodge NSCS Win at Talladega: Richard Brickhouse, 09/14/1969, 1969 Talladega 500, 153.778 mph avg. speed.
• Last Dodge NSCS Win at Talladega: Dave Marcis, 08/08/1976, Talladega 500, 157.547 mph avg. speed.

“There are certainly plenty of ways to do it wrong. I think we’ve all figured that out by now. There are only a few ways to do it right; that’s to not hit the guy too hard in front of you and you want to hit him square. You don’t want to hit him too far to the right side or two far to the left side. You want to hit him right square in the center.”
Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

• Dave Marcis drove Dodge to its last win at ‘Dega during the fall event in 1976. Marcis led 35 of 188 laps en route to victory. Marcis and Richard Petty each won three races during the 30-race 1976 season. Each time Petty won, Marcis won the next race.
• Kurt Busch finished sixth in last year’s spring event. He has six top-five and 12 top-10 finishes in 18 starts at Talladega. He has led in 14 of the 18 races including the last three.
• Busch has posted top-10 starts in his last three restrictor plate races.

• Dodge Motorsports will host a “Tweet Up” on Sunday, April 25 at 9:15 a.m. at the Dodge Motorsports display just outside Turn 4 at Talladega. Dodge president and CEO Ralph Gilles and Penske Racing’s Justin Allgaier are scheduled to attend.
• Three Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega have been caution free. The most recent came in 2002.
• On two occasions, the race winner was the only car on the lead lap (Most recent – Bobby Allison, May 1979).

“If you make your move too early or you’re too aggressive, that means there’s that much more time for things to backfire. Then there are times that if you go too late, you’ll want to kick yourself for not going earlier. That’s why you have to dig down and forecast what’s going on out there on the track. You ask yourself if this guy is an experienced racer or is he one of the younger guys? Has this guy been fast or has he been slow? You’re out there trying to digest all of that and play all your cards right while you’re just inches from the other guy and doing 200 miles per hour.”
Kurt Busch – No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

“I expect the closing rates to be much faster with the new rear spoiler. One of the areas that we’ve really been working hard on at Penske is our superspeedway program. I’m looking forward in seeing what we have with our Mobil 1 Dodge when we get to Talladega. The cars had a lot of closing speed and once they started taking (restrictor) plate away, the cars slowed a bit. The smaller plate just made it harder to get to each other.
Sam Hornish Jr. – No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

“Drafting is going to be more difficult; it will be much more difficult to time your runs. You’re going to have more runs. The runs are going to come easier and go easier. The precision that you’re going to have to draft is going to go up severely. The closing rate is going to be so much higher that your decision-making skills will have to be quicker. That’s going to be a severe challenge.”
Brad Keselowski – No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge Charger

“Despite all the changes to the cars heading into Talladega, it’s not the most difficult track from a technical standpoint. It’s more about how the cars are going to work together, draft together, and that means spending a little bit more time in practice than we normally would at Talladega. We want to make sure that Sam (Hornish) will be comfortable with how the car pulls up in traffic. Most of the work, because of that, is done at the shop and then you unload and you have what you have and try to make it work.”
Travis Geisler, crew chief, No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge

On late race cautions:
“You have to assess where you are with your car and how the car is handling. You also have to take a real hard look at how you’re racing and who you’re racing around. You go through a lot of situations in your mind. It’s like being a quarterback, if somebody is coming off the edge, you know what you have to do to get rid of the football. In racing it’s two tires, four tires, fuel and things like that to decide.”
Jay Guy, crew chief, No. 12 Penske Dodge

• 420 different drivers have competed in Sprint Cup events at Talladega since the superspeedway opened in 1969.
• There have been 39 different race winners in the 81 races.
• There have been 35 different pole winners in the 81 races.
• Qualifying has been canceled twice in 81 races (fall events in 2002 and 2009)
• There have been five different race winners in the last five races at ‘Dega.
• 31 of the 81 races have been won from the front row including 13 for the pole.
• Three of the last five Talladega races have been won from 22nd or lower.
• There have been seven sweeps at Talladega since 1971.

Source: Chrysler




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