Dover: GM Racing preview

TEAM CHEVY AT DOVER: Alba Colon, GM Racing Impala SS Program Manager, NSCS: "Dover is a track that is unique unto itself. The concrete surface and high speeds create challenges for our Chevrolet Impala SS teams and drivers they don't encounter...

TEAM CHEVY AT DOVER: Alba Colon, GM Racing Impala SS Program Manager, NSCS:

"Dover is a track that is unique unto itself. The concrete surface and high speeds create challenges for our Chevrolet Impala SS teams and drivers they don't encounter anywhere else on the Sprint Cup series.

"The track is wide and allows side-by-side racing. With the high speeds, things on the track happen fast and the driver's that love it and adapt quickly always have great runs there.

"Our teams not only need to have a great handling package in their Impala SS race cars, they need horsepower to get up and off the corners to have the speed they need down the straightaways.

"This will be the third race for the Impala SS at Dover. Having a two-race notebook to work from gives Team Chevy crew chiefs a greater level of confidence going in to the weekend.

"Martin Truex, Jr. got his first career win one year ago at Dover. It is always exciting to celebrate a "first win" with a team and driver. That always sets the tone for the race weekend coming in with confidence of successful past performances."

FROM THE DRIVER'S SEAT:

* Martin Truex, Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Impala SS:

"Dover's just always been a real special place to me. I grew up watching races there, so maybe that helped me once I actually got out on the track. Plus, I have a lot of my family and friends show up for this race and I think that helps me relax.

"It'd be great to get back into Victory Lane at Dover. This is where we turned our season around last year and started making our move to get into the Chase. It would be nice to get on that type of roll again.

"I've been thinking about Dover for a couple of weeks, especially with the luck we've been having. Last week was a perfect example. We had just gotten our car to where we liked it and we got wrecked on a restart.

"It's not like we have been bringing bad cars to the track. We've had a good car every week, but just seem to have something bite us. I think we need some new 'mojo', and Dover is the place to get it."

* Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Impala SS:

"Every weekend, our goal is to qualify near the front, run up front, lead laps and have a chance at the win. But this is a tough place to get around -- it's fast and there's always a lot of action. Fuel strategy can play a role in determining the outcome of a race, and we used it to our advantage last weekend in Charlotte. We needed track position during the race and could never seem to get it, so we decided to gamble."

* Mark Martin, No. 8 U.S. Army Impala SS:

"Dover is a track that I always loved and we always run well there. I should have won there so many times and it just seemed like something would go wrong. Finally it all fell into place and we've had a lot of success there over the years. I won my first ever Busch and NASCAR race there in 1987. We've won in the Cup car there four times and we got a Truck Series win there a couple of years ago. It's just the type of track that really suits my style of driving and it can be a lot of fun to race there. It's definitely one of my favorite tracks on the circuit.

"I'm looking forward to going to Dover this weekend with this No. 8 U.S. Army Team. We didn't have as good of a run as we would have liked in the 600 last weekend, but these guys continue to impress me with their determination and effort. We had good runs last season at Dover in both races with the No. 01 Team. I finished fourth there in the fall just behind this No. 8 team, so I'm pretty confident that if we put that all together and continue to build on what we know with this COT and these tracks, we should be able to have a car that is competitive at Dover this weekend."

* Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Impala SS:

"I'm excited. We've really been learning a lot and we've gone through the last couple weeks and made some great improvements to the front of our race car. The front was working so well and turning so strongly we couldn't keep the back of our car in the track and the car had been pretty loose. When we started the (Coca-Cola) 600 we made some great adjustments and really feel like we tickled the right areas to get the car balanced grip overall. It may not have been the fastest thing throughout the course of the night, but much more competitive than we've been. I think we finally have a baseline with this car for the big tracks and from there we can fine tune.

"Dover's a different track. You do have the high speeds but it's more of a short track. And a unique-shaped track, the way you fly into the corner and then turn around and jump back out is much different. So hopefully everything carries over. But it's a track I really enjoying running at -- it's one of my favorites. And the fact that this tire and this car is allowing us to move around, I think we'll have good racing from top to bottom at Dover, which is kind of unusual. But I think this car will provide that there."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Jimmie Johnson , Martin Truex Jr. , Mark Martin