Dodge Motorsports NSCS Race Race Advance – Pennsylvania 500 – Pocono Raceway

By Auto News Log • July 28th, 2010

LONG POND, Pa. – For Immediate Release
Dodge Motorsports NSCS Race Advance
Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500
Pocono Raceway
Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010


• 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 en route to victory, 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 Sprint 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, June, 2004 – 52.164 sec. 172.533 mph).


• Dodge has 207 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories.
• Dodge’s most recent win came at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kurt Busch led 252 laps en route to victory in the Coca-Cola 600.
• Dodge has claimed two Sprint Cup victories in 2010.
• 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.


• Dodge won the first race at Pocono Raceway when Richard Petty led 142 of 192 laps at the rain-shortened Purolator 500 in 1974.
• Dodge’s Kurt Busch has four straight top-10 starts at Pocono.
• Penske Racing has reached victory lane eight times at Pocono Raceway.


• Kurt Busch holds the second-best driver rating of all active drivers at Pocono – 106.8 (Denny Hamlin – 123.6).
• Busch has led in 13 of the 20 Sprint Cup races this season. He has led 807 laps this season, the most by a Sprint Cup driver.
• Busch is the seventh driver in Charlotte Motor Speedway history to sweep both the Sprint All-Star and Coca-Cola 600 races.
• Sam Hornish Jr. posted top-10 finishes at both Pocono events last year and finished 11th in the Cup Series’ first visit to the 2.5-mile track earlier this year. He has led 16 laps at Pocono, more than at any other track.
• Brad Keselowski started 11th and finished 21st in his only NSCS career start at Pocono in June.


• Busch is currently fifth in the Sprint Cup standings, 262 points out of first and 284 ahead of 13th (M. Martin).
• Busch has two wins, seven top-five and 12 top-10 finishes this season.
• In the next six races which will set the field for the 10-race Chase for the Championship, Busch posted top-10 finishes in four of those events last year.
• 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.


“With the longest straightaway in the Sprint Cup Series and the heat of a mid-season visit, the two-and-a-half-mile Pocono track becomes one of the toughest durability tests the teams will face all year. Over the last two years, the new Dodge R-6 has proven itself to be one of the most reliable engines ever introduced into Sprint Cup racing. We anticipate it’ll be able to take this test in stride as well. ”
Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering


“The truth is that we really struggled there in the first race and we were super fortunate to come out of there with that sixth-place finish. We didn’t run good enough to deserve that finish. We missed the setup big time. It was one of those days when it wasn’t pretty. But I’m fine with taking it, though, because most of the time, it’s a case of us running better than the the figures show.”
Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Vortex Dodge Charger


“It’s been a good track for us that’s for sure. I’ve struggled with the new car to get those wins, but (we’ve had) some solid finishes. To get around all those different corners, each one of them has different bumps and with this new car, bumps are hard to navigate. Turn 1 used to be my best corner, but with this new car it’s now my worse. The way that the bumps are and the high speed entry into Turn 1, you have to change your game a little bit. Turns 2 and 3 are very important corners as well. You can’t shift there anymore. With the big bumps on the track, these cars are definitely tougher to get around. We got on a pretty good streak there several years back with the old-style car, winning like two out of five races and finishing second in two of the other,”
Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Vortex Dodge Charger

“I enjoy the unique challenge that racing at Pocono provides. Obviously, the more you run at a track, the more you are going to learn about what it takes to be fast there. I should be a much better Pocono racer this weekend with the experience of that first race under my belt. (The track) has characteristics of Indianapolis and we had a strong car there last weekend. We just struggled to find some racing luck. The No. 12 Penske Dodge team has run better than our finishes have indicated over the last month.”
Brad Keselowski, No 12 Dodge Charger

“We have a much bigger notes package heading into the second race at Pocono. That gives us a lot of confidence that we can improve on our effort from June. Going back to these tracks for a second time – and getting better results – is very important to the growth process of this team. We were able to post one of our best qualifying efforts of the season for the first race, but we had a mechanical failure that kept us from a good race finish. There has definitely been improvement in this team over the last few weeks. I see us carrying that into Pocono this weekend.”
Jay Guy, crew chief, No. 12 Dodge Charger


• 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 – 807

Source: Dodge Motorsports


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