Bristol II: Dodge Motorsports preview

ENGINEERING TALK "Forty-three cars on the two miles of wide open spaces at MIS is believable, 43 cars on the ridiculously-tight, high-banked half mile of Bristol is almost surreal. Yet, the team that has the handling package that keeps them up...

ENGINEERING TALK

"Forty-three cars on the two miles of wide open spaces at MIS is believable, 43 cars on the ridiculously-tight, high-banked half mile of Bristol is almost surreal. Yet, the team that has the handling package that keeps them up front all night will almost always prevail. Bristol often looks like "car fights" and some believe it's about being aggressive, but I'll bet on the good handling car to win here every time."

Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering

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"The record book shows that they've won the last four championships in a row. I guess it's true when they say that if you want to be the man, you've got to beat the man. I poured my heart and soul into trying to beat the 48 and win the race at Bristol in the spring. I just hope I can have that big of opportunity to get the job done this time around."

Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger, discussing his battle with Jimmie Johnson last spring at Bristol

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"All you have to do is go back and look at my first Cup race at Bristol back in 2001. It wasn't pretty. As a matter of fact, it was downright ugly. The first time I crashed that day, it was on my on. The second time I wrecked, I was in a big pileup. I guess you could say that the third time was the charm, in that we punctured the radiator in that crash.

Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Vortex Dodge Charger

"During the last two races at Bristol Motor Speedway, we were running inside the top-10 with less than 50 laps to go and then had problems cost us a good finish each time. That being said, I feel like Bristol is a place that was very difficult for me when I first came over here and began running stock cars, but it's somewhere that I have really grown to enjoy. I'm looking forward to running there again because I feel that we've got great opportunities at Bristol with the Mobil 1 Dodge.

"Racing at Bristol is a unique experience. You're doing the pace laps and going slow getting ready to start the race and you look out the left-hand window and you can see inside the car below you. Not to mention that you're over on the left side of your seat, which is different than it is in the race. To me, the pace laps are one of the neatest things about Bristol because you realize how banked the track really is."

Sam Hornish Jr. No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

"Bristol is one of those tracks where you always have to be mindful of your pace, where you are on the track and who you are around. But you also have to be looking forward so that you can avoid that wreck that happens half of a straightaway in front of you. Short track racing and restrictor-plate racing are very similar in that you can get caught up in a wreck that you had nothing to do with."

Brad Keselowski, No 12 Penske Dodge Charger

-source: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Jimmie Johnson , Brad Keselowski , Sam Hornish Jr.