Dodge Motorsports NSCS Race Advance – Pocono Raceway

By Auto News Log • June 2nd, 2010

LONG POND, Pa. – For Immediate Release
Dodge Motorsports NSCS Race Advance
Gillett Fusion ProGlide 500
Pocono Raceway
Sunday, June 6, 2010
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DODGE AT POCONO RACEWAY

• Dodge has six wins at Pocono Raceway (Richard Petty (1974, ‘76), Bill Elliott (2002), Ryan Newman (2003), Kurt Busch (2007) and Kasey Kahne (2008).
• Dodge’s Kurt Busch dominated the 2007 fall race at Pocono, leading 175 of 200 laps in the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge.
• Dodge has started from the pole three times at Pocono since its return to Cup racing in 2001 (Bill Elliott – 2002, Ryan Newman -2003 and Kasey Kahne – 2008).
• Dodge currently holds the track qualifying record at Pocono (Kasey Kahne in June, 2004 — 52.164 sec. 172.533 mph).

THE DODGE BOYS

• Dodge has 207 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories.
• Dodge’s most recent point win came at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kurt Busch led 252 laps Sunday en route to victory in the Coca-Cola 600.
• 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).
• 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 Pocono: Richard Petty, 08/04/1974, Purolator 500, 115.593 mph avg. speed.

NOTES AND ANCEDOTES

• Kurt Busch’s single-season record for laps led in Cup is 957 in 2005. Busch has already led 723 laps in 13 races this season, including 252 during last weekend’s win at the Coca-Cola 600. The 723 laps led are the most by any Sprint Cup driver in 2010. He has led 368 laps at Pocono.
• Brad Keselowski will compete in all three stand-alone Nationwide Series events the next three Cup Series weekends (Pocono/Nashville, Michigan/Kentucky and Infineon/Road America).
• Kurt Busch has started 11th or better in the last five Pocono races.
• Penske Racing has eight Cup Series wins at Pocono Raceway.
• Kurt Busch is one of five drivers to score top-five finishes in 13 Cup races this season (Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin and Mark Martin).
• Penske Racing has won a Sprint Cup race in each season for 20 years (1991-2010).

DID YOU KNOW?

• Kurt Busch holds the second-best driver rating of all active drivers at Pocono – 106.8 (Denny Hamlin – 123.6).
• Sam Hornish Jr. finished 10th at last year’s Pocono 500. His fourth-place finish at the fall Pocono event is a career-best finish.
• Brad Keselowski is only 53 points outside of the top 20 in the NSCS driver standings. This is Keselowski’s first full-season in the Sprint Cup Series.
• Kurt Busch became only the seventh driver in Charlotte Motor Speedway history to sweep both the Sprint All-Star and Coca-Cola 600 races.
• All three Penske Dodge’s are testing today at VIR in advance of the June 20th race at Infineon.
• Of the 12 drivers that made the 2009 Chase, nine are currently in the top 12 in this year’s point standings.

POCONO RACEWAY FAST FACTS

• Rain cancelled qualifying for both Sprint Cup races at Pocono races last year.
• Dodge won the first race at Pocono Raceway when Richard Petty led 142 of 192 laps at the rain-shortened Purolator 500.
• Brad Keselowski is making his first Sprint Cup start at Pocono Raceway this weekend.

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

“Pocono. Is it a road course or is it just a giant two-and-a-half-mile triangle speedway? The longest straights in the series lure you into thinking it’s a speedway and then you get to some of the flattest and toughest corners that make drivers feel like they’re driving at a road course. It’s hard on engines with the long straights and it’s hard on brakes when you have to slow dramatically for the flat corners. Either way, this big triangle is a tough place to race.”

DODGE BOYS NSCS 2010 BEST

• Kurt Busch
Start – Pole – Las Vegas
Finish – Win – Atlanta, Charlotte 1

• 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 – 723

DODGE DRIVER QUOTES

“At Pocono, you can pit and not lose a lap and that’s rare on a race track. That’s where you’ll see some of the guys and the (pit) window that they’re trying to stretch. With this green-white-checkered situation now, fuel (mileage) is more of an issue because you never know when the race is going to end; they’re so many extra laps. You just have to play the strategy right and just feel comfortable and confident in the decision that you make.”
Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

“Patience is the big thing at Pocono; it’s such a long race that you can get yourself in trouble. You always have to remember that no matter what the track is like, as far as how you start out the race, you can get to the front before the end. There is a lot of room to pass there and with double-file restarts, it’s possible to overcome mistakes. You just have to be patient and not get too far ahead of yourself.”
Sam Hornish Jr., No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

“Pocono is a place that I’ve been to many times with my family. My dad always ran well there in the family ARCA car and those are my earliest recollections of the track. It’s a very unique place with its triangular shape. I think if you poll the garage area you’ll have a lot of drivers that will tell you the ‘tunnel’ turn is the hardest corner in NASCAR. Even though it can be tricky, it has become a place where first-time drivers usually run well. That gives me confidence that we can grab a good finish this weekend. It would be awesome to get Jay (Guy) a win at his home track.”
Brad Keselowski, No 12 Dodge Charger

Source: Dodge Motorsports

 

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