Charlotte: Dodge Motorsports preview

* Kasey Kahne won the 2008 edition of the Sprint All-Star Race, giving Dodge it's first win in the 24-year history of the mid-season spectacle. Kahne swept both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events (point events) at Lowe's Motor Speedway in 2006 in a...

* Kasey Kahne won the 2008 edition of the Sprint All-Star Race, giving Dodge it's first win in the 24-year history of the mid-season spectacle. Kahne swept both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events (point events) at Lowe's Motor Speedway in 2006 in a Dodge. Then teammate Scott Riggs started from the pole in both races.

* Ryan Newman has started from the pole in six of the last 10 races at LMS including a sweep in 2003 and 2007. In 14 races at LMS, Newman has started outside the top four only twice (both races in 2006). Newman established the Coca-Cola 600 qualifying mark of 27.981 sec./192.988 mph in 2005.

* Buddy Baker won the 600 three times ('66, '72 and '73), Richard Petty twice ('75 and '77) and Kasey Kahne once ('06).driving a Dodge.

* Dodge has 13 Sprint Cup victories (point races) at LMS.

* Bobby Labonte has 10 top-five finishes at LMS with six coming in the Coca-Cola 600. He won NASCAR's longest race in 1995 before joining Petty Enterprises and The Dodge Boys in 2006.

THE DODGE BOYS

* Dodge opened the 2008 season with a 1-2 finish in the 50th anniversary Daytona 500. Dodge drivers filled six of the top eight positions in the Great American Race. The win was the first for Dodge at Daytona since Ward Burton won in 2002.

* Juan Pablo Montoya put together seven consecutive top-20 finishes capped by a second at Talladega to move into the Top 12 in the season point standings. He is currently 16th, 76 points out of 12th.

* Kasey Kahne was the only driver with three top-10 finishes in the first three races of the season.

* Ryan Newman has started from the pole 43 times, second among active drivers (Jeff Gordon -- 65). Newman has claimed at least one pole for eight consecutive years (2001-08). He started from the pole earlier this year at Phoenix.

DODGE ROOKIE CONTENDERS

* Sam Hornish Jr. -- The three-time IndyCar Series champion and 2006 Indy 500 winner turned in one of his most impressive performances of the 2008 season at LMS Saturday night. He finished second in the Sprint Showdown to advance to the All-Star race. Despite a flat tire early that forced an unscheduled pit stop; he rebounded to finish seventh in the night's feature event. He is outside the top 35 in owner points and must qualify for the Coca-Cola 600 on speed.

* Dario Franchitti -- The reigning Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Series champion continues to recover from an ankle injury sustained at Talladega in a Nationwide Series event. Sterling Marlin will drive the No. 40 Dodge Charger from Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates in the 600. Franchitti is expected to return to action soon.

* Patrick Carpentier -- After a slow start this season, Carpentier has qualified successfully for the last six events in the No. 10 Dodge Charger from Gillett Evernham Motorsports. He is outside the top 35 and must qualify on speed this weekend.

LOWE'S TRACK FACTS

* The inaugural event at Lowe's Motor Speedway was originally scheduled for May 20, 1960, but was delayed three weeks due to construction delays. The 60-car field took the green flag on June 19 with Joe Lee Johnson the race winner.

* The land LMS now occupies was the site of a working plantation during the Civil War.

* The race winner has come from the front row 27 times in the 98 previous races at LMS. Only 22 of the 98 winners have started outside the top 10.

* The 1993 Coca-Cola 600 marked the first time the race began at twilight.

DID YOU KNOW?

* David Pearson started from the pole 11 consecutive races at Lowe's Motor Speedway, driving the Wood Brothers entry (1973-78). Add the two poles by Neil Bonnett in 1979, the Wood Brothers started first 13 consecutive races.

* Jeff Burton has completed all 3,664 laps contested in the 11 races in 2008. He is the only NASCAR Sprint Cup driver completing all the laps.

* Sixty-five drivers have attempted to qualify for at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race this season.

Quotes of the Week

"Kasey's (Kahne) win in the Sprint All-Star race was a step in the right direction for Dodge. To win the All-Star race, where only the best of the best can race, is a testament to the effort the entire GEM organization has invested - from the R&D team, to the people in the race shop, to Kenny Francis making the right calls on top of the box, to Kasey's driving skills, this win shows their effort is starting to pay dividends. Dodge and our dealer partners were very happy to see a Dodge Charger parked in Victory Lane in one of the premier races on the schedule".

Mike Accavitti
Director -- Dodge Brand, SRT and Motorsports

"I'm excited to get back to Lowe's Motor Speedway this weekend. Just last weekend, I wasn't that excited about our chances at Charlotte but Saturday night changed all of that. Our Budweiser Dodge has been running well this year but we still haven't been running at the level we want to. Saturday showed us that Gillett Evernham has the ability to compete for the win every week and that's very important."

Kasey Kahne
No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger

"Laps 355-400 of the Coca-Cola 600 will be "potentially the most demanding 100 miles in the history of NASCAR racing. It'll definitely separate the men from the boys, that's for sure. It'll be an unbelievable test of stamina and endurance. I'm sure the medical staff on hand will be ready with plenty of oxygen and fluids, if need be.

"We all can certainly be thankful that the race starts late afternoon and runs into the night. I could only imagine the exhaustion rate if this race started earlier and was run in the heat of the afternoon. It could have very well been the first time we had seen relief drivers used in years out there."

- credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing