DODGE MOTORSPORTS QUOTE OF THE WEEK “Jeff really poured his heart and soul into the track for so many years and it’s great for the Food City folks to remember him this way. Bristol is voted year in and year out as the race fans’ favorite track and Jeff Byrd is due so much credit for that. I know it certainly adds to how much I want to win the race this weekend and hold up that trophy in his honor in Victory Lane.” Kurt Busch on Sunday’s race being named in honor of former BMS track president Jeff Byrd
FROM THE ENGINEER "Bristol used to be about who's the baddest of the bad. It was all about drivers and how they could burst their way through the field and end up as the last man standing. Well, it's certainly not that way anymore. With the new cars, nearly everybody finishes at Bristol now and with the new double-file restart rule, you could have half the field still on the lead lap when it's all over. So how do you beat everybody else? Tires. Tires and tire management have been the key part of every Bristol win since the track was reconfigured and resurfaced in 2007. Whether to take two or four tires on the final pit stop versus how many laps are left and where you are in the running order will be the toughest decision the crew chief will have to make all weekend. Tires and tire decisions will no doubt play a large part in which driver we see in Victory Lane on Sunday.” Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering
FROM THE CREW CHIEF “As a crew chief you look forward to going to Bristol because you don’t have to worry about aerodynamics or ‘dirty air.’ It’s all about finding mechanical grip and forward bite. If you can do that your driver can be successful.” Paul Wolfe, crew chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger
“Having cars as strong as ours was there last March is something you dream about. Not being able to capitalize on it and make it to Victory Lane was a real bitter pill to swallow.
“We’re heading back into Bristol with a ton of confidence that we can get our sixth win there this weekend. We just hope that we can have a Shell-Pennzoil Dodge that’s close to being as strong as our car was in this race last year. We’d love to have that kind of opportunity to win again at Bristol.” Kurt Busch, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T
“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. Bristol is a very aggressively-paced race. You have to stay tuned in to what’s going on the entire time if you want stay out of trouble. Penske Racing was able to win the 50th Daytona 500 and it would be great to pick up a win in the 50th anniversary year of Bristol.” Brad Keselowski, No 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T
"I am really looking forward to our first half-mile race this weekend. We had a decent run last spring, so I am looking forward to returning with the SPEED Energy Dodge Charger R/T. We are excited to have a new partner, Food City, on board for this weekend's race!" Robby Gordon, No. 7 SPEED Energy Dodge Charger R/T
-source: dodge motorsports