Dodge Motorsports NSCS Race Advance – Samsung 500 – Texas Motor Speedway

By Auto News Log • April 14th, 2010

Fort Worth – For Immediate Release
Dodge Motorsports NSCS Race Advance
Samsung Mobile 500
Texas Motor Speedway
Sunday, April 18, 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.

• 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.

• Dodge has three wins at TMS (Kurt Busch – 2009, Kasey Kahne – 2006 and Ryan Newman – 2003).
• Dodge earned three consecutive poles at TMS (Newman made it a sweep in 2005 and Kahne started from the pole in 2006
• Dodge’s Kurt Bush has tallied one win, two top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 14 career starts at Texas Motor Speedway
• Dodge won the only Sprint Cup race from the pole at Texas Motor Speedway (Kahne – 2006).

• Kurt Busch scored top-10 finishes at both Texas Motor Speedway events last year. He finished eighth at last year’s spring race and won the fall event.
• In nine spring races at TMS, Busch’s best finish is a fourth in 2001.
• Sam Hornish’s best starting position at TMS of 11th came at last year’s fall event.
• Brad Keselowski will be making his fourth-career start at Texas Motor Speedway – his second behind the wheel of the No. 12 Penske Dodge. Keselowski started and finished 35th at last year’s fall event.
• Busch has earned 21 career NSCS wins of which five have come on 1.5-mile tracks (Texas, Atlanta-3 and Homestead).

• Sam Hornish Jr. earned a Sprint Cup career-best starting position of third at last weekend’s race at Phoenix.
• Kurt Busch has scored at least one victory in each of the last nine years (2002-2010).
• Penske Racing’s Brad Keselowski made his Dodge Sprint Cup debut at the TMS fall event last year, driving the No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger.
• Busch has posted top-five finishes in four of last five races on 1.5-mile tracks.

• Texas Motor Speedway is one of three Texas tracks to host a NASCAR Sprint Cup race. The other two were Texas World Speedway and Meyer Speedway. Meyer Speedway hosted only one Cup event (1971) while Texas World Speedway was the site of eight events (1969-1981).

• Kurt Busch’s last pole came at Las Vegas (February 2010). He has 11 career Sprint Cup poles. His best TMS start at TMS is third (twice) – in the fall events of 2006 and 2009.
• Brad Keselowski is making his 25th career Sprint Cup start this weekend. .
• Sam Hornish Jr. won three IZOD Indy Car Series events at Texas Motor Speedway including his last trip to victory lane in the IRL (June 2007).
• Penske Racing has scored two victories at Texas Motor Speedway (Kurt Busch-2009 and Ryan Newman-2003).

“This will finally be the test, the real test that is of the NASCAR mandated change to the (rear) deck spoiler from the old wing configuration. We’ve run the spoiler on the 95 mph Martinsville track, and we’ve run the spoiler on the 130 mph Phoenix track, but none of that will have prepared anybody for the effect we’ll see on the 190 mph Texas Motor Speedway. It will be interesting”
Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

“Texas has been a good track for the No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge team in the past. Sam likes the track and there is always a good crowd for the race. This will be the first test of the new spoiler package with the 3.5-inch deck lid fin at a high-speed track. We had an opportunity to test with this at Charlotte Motor Speedway and we feel that we have a handle on the necessary adjustments that need to be made to the setup. The only question mark will be how the car responds in traffic. We are hoping for a good strong run to move ourselves up in the point standings.”
Travis Geisler, crew chief, No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

“Texas is a place with a lot of unique characteristics. The track has bumps in turn 2 and has aged to where grip becomes a big factor late into a run. We want to set the car up to run the bottom, but yet, still have the flexibility to run various lines thru the corners. The package that we ran at Atlanta was very competitive and we feel that we can tune on it a little bit to give Brad what he needs this weekend.
Jay Guy, crew chief, No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger

On the new rear spoiler at TMS: “I think teams will just really tip-toe up to speed there this weekend. It’s hard to know just hard to push the car with it being the first time out. Then, we’ll make adjustments from there. You may try to change some things and explore the aero situation. It’s not like we didn’t try some of the things when we did the tire and spoiler testing at Charlotte, but this will be the first real test – the first time that all the cars and teams will be there at the Texas track together.”
Kurt Busch – No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

“The paving at Texas Motor Speedway is starting to get older and bumpier, which makes the cars slide around a little more. I guess you could say it’s becoming more like Atlanta. It’s not a normal cookie-cutter track but close to the other 1.5-mile tracks on the circuit. Those are places that have been good to me since coming to NASCAR but we would definitely like to improve our intermediate program. I feel we’ve been able to be very quick at Texas in the past, we just haven’t gotten the finishes we that we really deserve.”
Sam Hornish Jr. – No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

“This will be my second race at Texas with Penske Racing and I feel like we learned some things from 2009 that we can apply this year. Our 1.5-mile program is starting to come together, but we are interested to see how the spoiler performs in what amounts to its first time in a true aerodynamic test. It should be interesting.”
Brad Keselowski – No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge Charger

Source: Chrysler




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