Darlington: Dodge Motorsports preview

DODGE AT DARLINGTON RACEWAY * Dodge has five wins at Darlington Raceway -- Buck Baker, Buddy Baker (2), Ward Burton and Sterling Marlin. * Buck Baker posted Dodge's first win at Darlington Raceway in the 1964 Southern 500. * Sterling Marlin...

DODGE AT DARLINGTON RACEWAY

* Dodge has five wins at Darlington Raceway -- Buck Baker, Buddy Baker (2), Ward Burton and Sterling Marlin.

* Buck Baker posted Dodge's first win at Darlington Raceway in the 1964 Southern 500.

* Sterling Marlin scored the last Dodge win at Darlington, taking the victory in the 2002 spring race.

DODGE DRIVERS:

Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

"I really want to finally beat that old track. With all the history there and with the return to the race being known as the Southern 500, it would be special, that's for sure. It would certainly be a treasured addition to get my 20th career Cup win at Darlington this weekend and have a trophy to prove we finally did come out of there on top."

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

"This time last season, Darlington Raceway was an unknown to me. Although we didn't have a very good race, I like Darlington and am looking forward to racing there under the lights in the Mobil 1 Dodge. I am so proud to look at the progress of this No. 77 team compared to where we were as a newly-constructed team just a year ago. We've had some real good runs and been real strong this year. I feel like I'm learning all the time. The Mobil 1 team is growing and getting stronger and things are really starting to come together. I think the same can be said for Penske Racing as a whole."

AJ Allmendinger -- Driver, No. 44 Best Buy Dodge

"This is what NASCAR is all about. I love this race. Darlington is probably the toughest track we race on. It's a long, hot race. You have 42 guys out there racing you but the one that always seems to win is the track. I think Kyle Busch won there last time and he hit the wall about a dozen times."

Dale Inman -- Eight-Time Champion Crew Chief

"I started going to the races with Richard's dad (Lee Petty) in 1950 and there wasn't anyone called a crew chief back then. I don't know when the title of crew chief came about. I changed the right front tire, did the arguing with NASCAR, loaded and drove the truck and I was the only one with a radio in the pits so I had to make the calls. I guess that's how I got to be crew chief. Over the years instead of a coach, manager or anything like that the title for the person calling the shots became crew chief and that's how it developed."

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

"We're doing everything we possibly can in our effort to get Kurt back in Victory Lane this weekend at Darlington. We're bringing out a brand new Miller Lite Dodge Charger (PRS-608) this weekend and are confident that we'll be able to run up front. You have to be running in the lead lap at the finish to have a shot at winning it and that'll be the same goal there this weekend. "

Kasey Kahne -- Driver, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge

"Just don't hit the wall. I think every car on the track is going to hit it (wall); it's just how hard everyone is going to hit it. It's a pretty tough track. It's fast. It's really going to be tough to pass. I think the key is mainly how hard you're going to hit it (wall), that's a big thing."

David Stremme - Driver, No. 2 Penske Racing Dodge Charger

"The next four weeks for me is all about gaining points. We have had great cars every week and do not have the finishes to show for them. [Crew chief] Roy [McCauley] has done a great job preparing these cars and we have just had terrible luck. We were running in the top-five last week with less than 100 laps to go and were caught up in a wreck. My focus for the month of May is to gain as many points as we can. We are going to a track I really like and have good runs there. We just need to finish races.

"I really like Darlington. It has a rich history and has been a part of NASCAR racing since the beginning. To be able to race at a place where names like Petty, Earnhardt and Allison have all made a name for themselves is really cool. We just need to go there and stay out of trouble all day and get ourselves back in a position to make the chase."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Ward Burton , Sterling Marlin , Kurt Busch , Kasey Kahne , David Stremme , Buddy Baker , Sam Hornish Jr. , Kyle Busch , Lee Petty
Teams Team Penske