Dodge Motorsports NSCS Race Advance – Crown Royal 400 – Richmond

By Auto News Log • April 27th, 2010

RICHMOND, Virg. – For Immediate Release
Dodge Motorsports NSCS Race Advance
Crown Royal presents the Heath Calhoun 400
Richmond International Raceway
Saturday, May 1, 2010

THE DODGE BOYS
• 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 HISTORICAL DATA
• 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 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 AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL 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.
• Dodge’s Kurt Busch has the fifth-best driver rating of 97.0 among active Cup drivers at RIR.
• Dodge earned its last pole position five years ago at RIR (Kahne).

QUICK RACE NOTES
• With his eighth-place finish at Talladega last weekend, Kurt Busch moved up two positions to seventh in the Sprint Cup point standings.
• The three Dodge Chargers of Busch, Sam Hornish Jr. and Brad Keselowski all led laps last weekend in Talladega – this first time the trio has done so this season.
• Keselowski started seventh in his only Sprint Cup start at Richmond.
• Busch is one of only three drivers in the top 12 to have earned a pole in 2010 (M. Martin, Dale Earnhardt Jr.).

DID YOU KNOW?
• Sam Hornish Jr. has earned back-to-back, top-10 finishes in the last two Richmond Cup events. Hornish finished sixth at last year’s spring event and eighth in the fall.
• With NSCS and NNS double-headers at the last two NASCAR events (Texas and Talladega), Dodge’s Brad Keselowski has driven a total of 1,652.2 miles in two days, or the equivalent of driving from Richmond International Raceway to Denver, Colorado. He covered the distance in 11 hours, six minutes and 55 seconds (151.2 mph).

FROM THE ENGINEER
“Everybody talks about how important brakes are at Richmond, but the truth is if a team can get their car to turn, the brakes become a non-issue. Drivers overuse the brakes trying to get a stubborn car to get through the corners and that’s when you run into problems. But the driver that wins the race won’t talk about brakes, he’ll talk about how good his car handled.”
— Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering

IF YOU NEED THEM
• Kurt Busch has scored top-15 finishes in the last three races at Richmond.
• 479 different drivers have competed in the 107 Sprint Cup races at Richmond.
• There have been 47 different race winners at RIR.
• Six drivers have five or more Richmond victories, but none are currently active.
• Qualifying has been canceled six times in 107 races; the most recent was in September 2008.
• 33 Sprint Cup races at RIR have been won from the front row including 21 from the pole.

Statistics: Courtesy of Racing Recall

DODGE QUOTES
“Richmond has been a great track for me in the past. I felt like I’ve had some solid runs, and I’ve had run where we’ve left scratching our heads. We finished second the last time that we raced at Richmond and we hope to build on that. We’ve been testing at Gresham Motorsports Park just trying to gain on our short-track program. We were third at Bristol earlier this year, so we think we’ll be strong. It’s one of those pivotal races in the season because Richmond is the cut-off race to the Chase in the fall. You better be good there in May to be good there in September.”
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 the IndyCar Series as well as in NASCAR. Last season, the Mobil 1 team earned top-10 finishes in both races at Richmond and we are all excited to return and hopefully race for similar results. Richmond is a multi-groove racetrack and that makes for exciting racing for drivers and fans alike. Patience is key at short tracks. 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

“Richmond is a place where I’m still learning and getting experience in the Cup cars. It’s an awesome racetrack and there is a reason that all of the drivers put it on their short list of favorite tracks. I qualified well there last year and I think we’ll race well when we go back this weekend. Racing under the lights on a Saturday night at Richmond is some of the most exciting racing of the year. We need a good, solid race to gain the points we lost at the end of the race at Talladega.”
Brad Keselowski – No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge Charger

FROM THE CREW CHIEFS
“Saturday night at Richmond always produces exciting racing. The track seems to widen out during the race and allows for some great-side-by-side racing. The Mobil 1 Dodge is ready to go and repeat our strong performances at Richmond last season. 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. We will focus on these keys during our practice on Friday to get the car dialed in for Sam.”
Travis Geisler, crew chief, No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge

“Richmond is a fast short track that has a lot of challenges. It almost drives like a speedway because the corner speed is very high. It takes the right balance of having the car turn in the center without giving up forward drive off the corner. Fuel mileage and pit strategy come in to play at times so you need to make sure you stay on top of that throughout the race. Richmond is a track where a driver can make a big difference and I feel that plays into our hands with Brad behind the wheel.”
Jay Guy, crew chief, No. 12 Penske Dodge

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