Bristol II: Dodge Motorsports preview

DODGE AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY * Dodge has six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins at Bristol: David Pearson, Bobby Allison (2), Richard Petty (2) and Kurt Busch. * Kurt Busch posted his first career victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at ...

DODGE AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

* Dodge has six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins at Bristol: David Pearson, Bobby Allison (2), Richard Petty (2) and Kurt Busch.

* Kurt Busch posted his first career victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Bristol. It came in the spring race in 2002, his sophomore season and before he joined the Dodge ranks. Busch also has the most recent Dodge win at BMS. He won the spring event in 2006. He has five wins at the .533-mile track including a string of three straight in 2003 and '04.

DODGE DRIVER NOTES & ANECDOTES

* Elliott Sadler started 38th and won the 2001 spring event at BMS driving for the Wood Brothers, the deepest ever by an event winner. It was his first career victory.

* AJ Allmendinger finished 16th in the BMS spring event.

* Kasey Kahne earned his first-career pole at Bristol in 2007 fall event. He led 305 laps and finished runner-up.

* Sam Hornish Jr. qualified seventh in his Bristol debut last year.

* Reed Sorenson will be making his eighth career start at Bristol. His career best finish is a 15th in the 2007 fall event.

* David Stremme will be making his sixth Bristol start. He has three consecutive top-20 finishes.

DID YOU KNOW?

* Richard Petty Motorsports' sponsor Stanley will make a $1 million donation to Children's Miracle Network if Elliott Sadler's No. 19 Stanley Dodge wins Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at BMS.

DODGE DRIVERS:

Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge

"I looked at guys like Darrell (Waltrip) and Rusty (Wallace) and saw just how much they genuinely enjoyed each and every time the circuit raced at Bristol. Having a positive attitude about racing there is so important at Bristol and we normally always have that going for us when we get there."

Kasey Kahne, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge

"The biggest surprise (about Bristol) for me was just how hard you can drive the car here. Every lap, how fast you're going on such a small track. Where you lift getting into a corner, you can drive in really far and you can get back into the throttle really quick."

David Stremme, No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge

"Things happen so quick at Bristol. You have to be on your toes for the entire 500 laps. As a driver, it is one of the most physically demanding tracks we go to. After the race you are both physically and mentally drained. I know (crew chief) Roy (McCauley) has been working really hard on our short track program and I am confident we are going to have another solid performance on Saturday night in Thunder Valley."

Elliott Sadler, No. 19 Stanley Dodge

"Man I love Bristol. That place is the best track we visit. It's our Fenway Park and Lambeau Field. It's one of those sports venues that saying just its name evokes a lot of excitement. To win at Bristol means you have made a mark in racing. I've won at Bristol race with the Wood Brothers and now I want to win one for Richard Petty.

"Stanley, the Ace Hardware Foundation and Children's Miracle Network are not afraid to add a little pressure to an already intense race. It's a little bit of pressure and a whole lot of incentive. Winning at Bristol is always special, but to potentially give $1 million to such a worthy cause takes it to a whole new level."

Sam Hornish, Jr., No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge

"We have found success this season at the short tracks and it's been really gratifying to see how much this No. 77 team has improved. I've really grown to like the short tracks. I wouldn't have thought that I would have two top-10s and a top-15 finish this year at short tracks. I still feel like I'm learning all the time and having strong runs is a real momentum builder for this Mobil 1 team."

AJ Allmendinger, No. 44 Hunt Brothers Pizza Dodge

"Man, the Bristol night race is the coolest race of the year!"

Roy McCauley, Crew Chief, No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge

"I love going to Bristol. It is a race track where the fans sit right on top of the track and can see the entire speedway. It is one of those places you can't describe. The atmosphere is electric. We have learned some things in the last couple of weeks that have paid dividends on the track. I think they will pay off again this weekend. We had a solid run at Bristol in the spring race, and I feel we are a better race team now. We just need to keep all four fenders on it all day and I am confident we will have a solid run."

Pat Tryson, Crew Chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge

"The old school thinking was that Bristol was always such a demanding and physical race that you brought your oldest and most expendable race cars there. Rusty (Wallace) used to make a big deal about bringing out new race cars for the Bristol races. He won there nine times and showed everyone that he knew exactly what he was doing. How many times did Rusty come in there with a brand new car and put a real whipping on the field? I dare say that half of his wins at Bristol came behind the wheel of brand new race cars."

Travis Geilser, Crew Chief, No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge

"With close racing the norm, Bristol is one of the toughest races on the circuit as tempers always flare. We have had top-five finishes in two of the last three races and have climbed to 26th in point standings, not to mention a string of strong runs at short tracks this season. This is an important race for us to survive in order to close the gap to the top-20."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Richard Petty , Kasey Kahne , Bobby Allison , David Stremme , Elliott Sadler , Reed Sorenson , Sam Hornish Jr. , Sam Hornis
Teams Team Penske , Richard Petty Motorsports