Petty To Lean On Past Dover Success Driver Takes Top-35 Battle To Best Track This weekend, Kyle Petty and the ...
Petty To Lean On Past Dover Success
Driver Takes Top-35 Battle To Best Track
This weekend, Kyle Petty and the #45 Wells Fargo Dodge team will travel due north to the one-mile Dover (Del.) International Speedway for Sunday's Dodge Dealers 400. This race marks round two in the "Chase for the Championship."
Petty has enjoyed long-standing success at Dover. It is his most successful track on the current Nextel Cup schedule and it is second only to the North Carolina Motor Speedway for his career.
In his 50 starts at the track, Petty has garnered one win, seven top-five and 14 top-ten finishes. His most recent top-ten finish (8th) at Dover came in the 2005 edition of this race. Petty has led 550 laps at Dover.
Petty remains 34th in the owner points standings.
Comments from Petty as he prepares for Sunday's Dodge Dealers 400:
"We had a good racecar last weekend at New Hampshire. We just didn't get the finish that we were looking for. Billy (Wilburn, crew chief) would call out my lap times and I could tell that we were fast. It was just so hard to pass up there. In the past there has not been much that you can take away from Loudon and apply it at Dover. But with the Avenger it is a little different. The two tracks are still completely different, but the cars are the same. The fact that we had a good car at Loudon is encouraging."
"Dover is a good track for us to take our fight to stay inside the top-35. I have been competitive there throughout my career. That's something that I am proud of. Dover is not an easy place to race. It's hard on drivers and equipment. It's like a bigger, faster Bristol."
"Going back to a track for the second time has been really beneficial for us this year. I don't expect that to be any different for Dover. We have a good notes package from the first race up there. The Avenger held up really well there in June. I don't think we could have asked for the Avenger to be any better than it has been during this first season with it."
"The top-35 battle is intense, but my team has been giving me great race cars. We have been doing a lot of testing to get ready for these last several races. The '43' car has been on a really strong run here lately and now this '45' team is starting to pick it up too. Like I said, we didn't get the finish we wanted at New Hampshire last weekend, but we are getting better."
"One place where I can really see an improvement in this team in on pit road. Our coaches and trainers have asked the guys to re-dedicate themselves and it's paying off. At most of the tracks we go to it is a lot easier to pass someone on pit road than it is to pass them on the track."