Dodge Motorsports NSCS Race Advance – Coca-Cola 600 – Charlotte

By Auto News Log • May 27th, 2010

CHARLOTTE – For Immediate Release
Dodge Motorsports NSCS Race Advance
Coca-Cola 600
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Sunday, May 30, 2010
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DODGE AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

• Dodge has six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 600-mile wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway (Richard Petty (2), Buddy Baker (2) and Kasey Kahne (2).
• Dodge’s last Coca-Cola 600 win was in 2008 (Kahne).
• Dodge has 14 Sprint Cup wins (both events) at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
• Dodge’s Kurt Busch is the most recent winner at Charlotte Motor Speedway, winning the 2010 Sprint All-Star Race last weekend.
• Busch has scored top-10 finishes in two of the last three Charlotte races.
• Dodge has won four regular-season races at Charlotte Motor Speedway since returning to the sport in 2001.

THE DODGE BOYS

• Dodge has 206 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories.
• Dodge’s most recent point 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 IN 600-MILE RACES

• First Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 600 Mile Win at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Buddy Baker, 5/26/2008, World 600, 104.207 mph avg. speed.
• Last Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 600 Win at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Kasey Kahne, 5/25/2008, Coca-Cola 600, mph 135.772 avg. speed.

DID YOU KNOW?

• Kurt Busch’s has made nine career starts at the Coca-Cola 600. His best finish was in 2004 when he finished 11th.
• Brad Keselowski will be making his first-career Coca-Cola 600 start this weekend.
• Sam Hornish Jr. posted top-20 finishes in his first two 600-mile starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
• Four of the last five Charlotte races were won from a top-5 starting position.
• Through 12 races of 2010, Kurt Busch’s average starting position of 10.2 is the highest of his career (10.4).
• An All-Star/Coca-Cola 600 sweep has happened six times previously. The most recent in 2008 (Kasey Kahne).

DODGE HISTORICAL DATA AT CMS (all point races)

• 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 Series Win at Charlotte: Lee Roy Yarbrough, 10/16/1966, National 500, 130.576 mph avg. speed.

DODGE DRIVER QUOTES

“You have to figure out how to be at your very best at night under the lights. It’s a real marathon – 600 miles – out there and you have to stay on top of a continuously changing track. You really have to get your car handling well on the long runs. Then, you have to consider all those restarts that we’ll likely have as the race winds down. It’s definitely the biggest challenge that we face in our sport.”
Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

“Racing 600 miles, in one sitting, is very challenging. We’ve had a couple weekends this year where rain has forced us to run both the Nationwide and Cup Series races on the same day. Those equaled to over 800 miles. The difference is they weren’t in one sitting. We were able to get out of the car, stretch our legs and get something to drink. You don’t have that luxury in the Coca-Cola 600. It can wear you down physically, as well as mentally, and you need to be prepared for it.”
Brad Keselowski, No 12 Dodge Charger

“As far as speedway races go, I thought our Mobil 1 Dodge in the Coca-Cola 600 last year was the best car we had all season. We were being real patient to make it to the last bit of the race to run hard and then it rained shortly after the halfway point. It was a very disappointing day for us because I thought we had a car that was capable of a top finish or maybe even a win. This race is the ultimate test of your patience as a driver. Racing for 500 miles seems like a long time, and if you add more miles than that it seems like an eternity.”
Sam Hornish Jr., No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

FROM THE ENGINEER – HOWARD COMSTOCK, DODGE MOTORSPORTS, NASCAR ENGINEERING

“After their dominating win at Charlotte last Saturday night in the Sprint All-Star Race, Kurt Busch and his No. 2 Penske Dodge team have the best setup notes in the garage. The 600 mile (race) marathon this week will require a different strategy. A loose race car is a fast race car and we saw plenty of fast race cars last week in the All-Star format. But a race car as loose as we saw last week would never finish this 600 mile test and teams will have to be much more conservative in this race that goes into the night.”

FROM THE CREW CHIEFS

“For anyone in NASCAR there are three races that everyone really wants to win, the Daytona 500, the Brickyard 400 and the Coca-Cola 600. The longest race of the season puts everything to the test. With a start time of 6 p.m., the track goes through a big transition into the night. It is important to stay on top of what the track is doing to make good adjustments during the race. It is great to be racing in your backyard and there would be nothing better than celebrating a victory on Memorial Day weekend.”
Travis Geisler, No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

“The 600 is such a demanding race on the car, crew and driver. The car has to last all 600 miles without having any mechanical failures and the driver and crew have to stay mentally and physically sharp. We tried some different packages last week in the All-Star event and we feel really good about our chances this week.” Jay Guy, No. 12 Dodge Charger

DODGE BOYS NSCS 2010 BEST

• Kurt Busch
Start – 2nd – Bristol,
Finish – Win – Atlanta

• Brad Keselowski
Start – 6th – Richmond
Finish – 12th – Martinsville, Darlington

• Sam Hornish Jr.
Start – 2nd – Texas,
Finish – 13th – Martinsville

• Laps Led (Race)
Kurt Busch (278) – Bristol

• Laps Led (Total)
Kurt Busch (471)

Source: Dodge Motorsports

 

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