Dodge Motosports Notes & Quotes – NSCS Race Advance – Atlanta

By Auto News Log • August 31st, 2010

HAMPTON, Ga. – For Immediate Release
Dodge Motorsports NSCS Race Advance – Emory Healthcare 500
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Sunday, Sept 5, 2010


• Dodge has won the last three NASCAR Sprint Cup events at Atlanta Motor Speedway (Kurt Busch (3/09), Kasey Kahne (9/09) and Busch (3/10).
• Dodge has posted nine victories at Atlanta Motor Speedway
• Penske Racing earned its first pole under the Dodge banner at AMS at the 2003 spring race (Ryan Newman).
• Penske Racing drove a Dodge to six consecutive poles at Atlanta Motor Speedway (2003-2005).
• Busch can clinch a berth in the 2010 Chase if he finishes ninth or better at AMS this weekend. Busch can also clinch if he; leads a lap and finishes 10th or better and/or leads the most laps and finishes 11th or better.
• Busch led 129 of 341 laps in winning the Kobalt Tools 500 at AMS in March.


• Dodge has 207 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories.
• Dodge’s most recent win came at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kurt Busch led 252 of 400 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 Beach, Fla., 100 miles, .5-mile track.
• First Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win at Atlanta Motor Speedway: Bobby Allison, 03/29/1970, 1970 Atlanta 500, 139.554 mph avg. speed.
• Last Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win at Atlanta Motor Speedway: Kurt Busch, 3/7/2010, Kobalt Tools 500, 131.294 mph avg. speed.


• Busch is currently 10th in the Sprint Cup standings, 443 points out of first and 253 ahead of the driver currently in 13th (Jamie McMurray).
• Busch has four wins at the two tracks hosting events leading up to the 10-race Chase; Atlanta –3, Richmond – 1.
• Busch’s average finish at the two races leading up to the Chase cutoff is: Atlanta – 18.7 and Richmond – 17.8.
• Busch has made the Chase four times in the six-year history the format has been in existence.


• Dodge’s win at the 2006 spring race at Atlanta Motor Speedway was the last time the pole sitter has won at the 1.54-mile track (Kahne).
• Fourteen of the 102 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway have been won from the pole.
• The 2010 spring race at AMS went 16 extra laps –nearly 25 miles – past the scheduled distance of 325 laps.
• AMS is where Steve Addington notched his first victory as crew chief for the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge.


• Kurt Busch is one of only six Sprint Cup drivers in the top12 to have scored a win this season. Busch has two wins (Atlanta and Charlotte).
• Busch started 11th en route to his AMS win in March. Eighty of the 102 NSCS races at AMS have been won from a top-10 starting position.
• Only 40 points separate fourth and 10th in the 2010 Sprint Cup driver standings, yet 253 points is the distance between 10th and 13th.


“Things change in racing – the one constant is change, as they say. You look at Atlanta and it has been a fixture on the schedule for a long time. It’s hosted over 100 races, which is pretty incredible. It even hosted three in one year. There is no doubt that Atlanta is in a tough market, but I think this move will help them out in the long run. It should help sell the single Labor Day event out. If we can continue to put on the racing that has defined Atlanta over the years, I think the fans will come back and it will return to two dates.”
Brad Keselowski, No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger


“Winning the two spring races-in-a-row at Atlanta definitely puts a little more confidence into our step coming back in there. But, we’ve seen week in and week out this season just how much things can change from the first race to the second. We understand the challenge that we’re up against.” See much more on this in this week’s advance that follows.

“The Atlanta race is definitely a race that we’ve had a bull’s‐eye on since our big win there back in the spring. With just the two races remaining until the Chase kicks in, we need to go all out in trying to win at Atlanta and Richmond in order to pick up those bonus points for winning races.”
Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

“When you go to Atlanta, you always worry about beating up your tires and the cars have been generally a lot tighter with the change to the spoiler. So for this race, you’ve really got to take care of your tires so that you can run well at the end of a long run. We were really, really good on the long runs in the spring race so we are looking forward to getting back to Atlanta this weekend.”
Sam Hornish Jr. No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

“I like the fact that Atlanta is a very slick racetrack. You come in to put tires on and you are almost three seconds a lap faster. That’s huge! A guy that will come in and pit one lap earlier than you do will gain almost half a straightaway on you. That puts pit strategy into focus. It’s just a fun place to race. I had a lot of success with the high line in the spring race. I don’t really think of myself as a driver that prefers the top, but I’ll definitely search around to see where my car is the fastest. That’s why we love racing at Atlanta.”
Brad Keselowski, No 12 Penske Dodge Charger


“I think that it’s important not to run the car full out the first couple of laps because it will stretch the sidewalls out or chew up the tread and not give you the feel that you need on lap 30 of the run. The more that you take care of them in the beginning, the more that they will take care of you in the end.”
Kurt Busch on tire management at AMS


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

• Brad Keselowski
Start – Sixth – Richmond
Finish – 12th – Martinsville, Darlington

• Sam Hornish Jr.
Start – Second – Texas,
Finish – 11th – Pocono

• Laps Led (Race) Kurt Busch – 278 – Bristol

• Laps Led (Total) Kurt Busch – 807

Source: Dodge Motorsports




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