Dodge Motorsports NSCS Race Advance – 400 – Chicagoland Speedway

By Auto News Log • July 8th, 2010

JOLIET, Ill. For Immediate Release
Dodge Motorsports NSCS Race Advance 400
Chicagoland Speedway
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Additional Statistics Attached


• Dodge has recorded one win at the 1.5-mile, D-shaped oval of Chicagoland Speedway (Ryan Newman – 2003).
• Dodge has earned one pole at Chicagoland Speedway (Ryan Newman – 2002).


• Dodge has 207 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories.
• Dodge’s most recent win came at the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kurt Busch led 252 laps en route to his second victory of the season.
• Dodge claimed four Sprint Cup Series victories in 2009.
• 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).
• Last Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win at Chicagoland Speedway: Ryan Newman, 02/17/2008, Daytona 500, 152.672 mph avg. speed.
• Last Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win: Kurt Busch, 05/30/2010, Coca-Cola 600, 144.966 mph avg. speed.


• Brad Keselowski will be making his first Sprint Cup start at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend.
• Penske Racing’s Kurt Busch (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge) has a career-best Chicagoland Speedway qualifying position of second.
• Busch has started inside the top-six in the last six Sprint Cup races.
• Busch has a cumulative average finishing position of 17.6 at in the final eight race tracks leading up to the Chase.
• Sam Hornish has led 36 laps this season including 14 last week at Daytona. He also led laps at Talladega, Pocono and Michigan.


• Busch is currently fourth in the Sprint Cup driver standings, 245 points out of first and 308 ahead of 13th.
• Through the first 18 races this year, Busch has two wins, seven top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.
• Busch has 13 wins at five of the eight tracks hosting events leading up to the 10-race Chase: Pocono – 2, Michigan – 2, Bristol – 5, Atlanta –3, Richmond – 1.
• Busch has 15 wins at intermediate tracks (1.5 miles or less).
• Entering Chicagoland last season, Kurt Busch was fourth in points, 358 points behind the series leader. Busch currently is again fourth heading to Chicagoland, but only 254 points behind the point leader Kevin Harvick.
• Busch leads all NSCS driver in laps led this season with 807.
• Kurt Busch leads all Sprint Cup drivers in average starting position – 7.9.

DODGE QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Kurt Busch on debris cautions during a NSCS race:

“Some debris cautions are real, some aren’t; you just have to deal with it. Whether you’re the leader that has the bigger headache or whether you’re the guy in third that’s saying, ‘Sweet, I’ve got a yellow and a chance at passing cars now.’ A lot of these races are thrown up in the air at the end.”
Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger


“I’m looking forward to going to Chicago with our Charlotte setup and hoping for big things. Chicago is one of three tracks that I don’t have a top five on, so I’m really pushing hard to get a top five, possibly a win. Chicago, Kansas and Watkins Glen, I don’t have a top five at those tracks, so I’m trying to get that off my little bucket list. Each mile-and-a-half (track) has its own different attitude and quirks around the race tracks. Chicago is getting a little bumpy as the years have progressed. It won’t be exactly the Charlotte package 100 percent, but it’s a great base line.
Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Vortex Dodge Charger

On double-file restarts:
“There’s just a lot to be gained on double-file restarts compared to what you use to be able to do, so people are just being aggressive. That’s all fine and good. I feel like its done a lot for the sport. NASCAR did it for the fans, to make the racing better and give them more to be excited about towards the end of the race and it does. Obviously, if a guy is fifth and figures out how to make it to first because of the double-file restart, he’s going to love it that weekend. But the next weekend he may be first and end up 25th because somebody bumps him and gets him into the wall. It takes that ease away that you had with the lapped-down cars on the inside. You had the opportunity to get yourself some room, to get yourself away from the second, third, fourth, fifth-place guys. You don’t have that anymore.”
Sam Hornish Jr., No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

“Chicago is an ever-evolving race track. The transition from day to night moves the groove from the bottom to the top and then back to the bottom. Double-file restarts there are very crazy because you can really hold someone down there on the bottom. There is a lot of back and forth, side-by-side racing and the track has actually become fairly rough over the years. The Midwestern winters have taken their toll on the surface and have made it a little trickier. There is a lot of banking to go with that so it’s very fast. All in all, it’s a great racetrack and I really enjoy it.”
Brad Keselowski, No 12 Penske Dodge Charger


“In a series that many complain is all about one-and-a-half mile tracks, this is the first one we’ve run since visiting Charlotte six weeks ago. If a team has a favorite mile-and-a-half mile chassis, they likely raced it at Charlotte and had time to refit it and will bring it to Chicago. Chicago has less banking than Charlotte, but there are enough other similarities that if you had a successful Charlotte, you probably want to take the same equipment to Chicago.”
Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering

“Chicagoland Speedway is not like the other 1.5-mile tracks that we visit. The backstretch is one continuous curve and that makes the exit of Turn 2 and the entry of Turn 3 very important. Essentially, you aren’t holding a straight wheel for very long during a lap at Chicago. It’s a very fast racetrack too. The aero department has worked really hard to make this a strong car for us. We’ve been working on building lighter, faster cars and this is one of the best we’ve produced so far.”
Jay Guy, crew chief, No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger


• Kurt Busch – Start – Pole – Las Vegas, Michigan
Finish – Win – Atlanta, Charlotte 1
• Brad Keselowski – Start – 6th – Richmond
Finish – 12th – Martinsville, Darlington
• Sam Hornish Jr. – Start – 2nd – Texas
Finish – 11th – Pocono
• Laps Led (Race) – Kurt Busch (278) – Bristol
• Laps Led (Total) – Kurt Busch – 807 (leads NSCS)

Source: Dodge Motorsports


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