CHASSIS CHOICE: Gustafson has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-600 for Sunday's race at Dover. This is the same chassis that Martin drove to a fourth-place finish in the 600-mile race at Charlotte in May. Martin finished 15th with this ...
CHASSIS CHOICE: Gustafson has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-600 for Sunday's race at Dover. This is the same chassis that Martin drove to a fourth-place finish in the 600-mile race at Charlotte in May. Martin finished 15th with this chassis at Dover in June.
MARK MARTIN, DRIVER, NO. 5 DELPHI/GODADDY.COM CHEVROLET (ON DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY.): "I have always been a big fan of Dover. From the first time I raced there, it naturally fit with my driving style. I've had a lot of success on that track. A lot of good race cars. A lot of Victory Lane memories. The racing is always so competitive and so exciting. The fans will see a great show on Sunday for sure. I know all the drivers love racing at Dover so it will be a good race."
MARTIN (ON THE CONCRETE RACING SURFACE.): "Not even a concrete racing surface can ruin Dover. (LAUGHS) Seriously, it's very different from the asphalt we are used to racing on. Concrete doesn't react to heat or the sun like asphalt does. They're incredibly different. I will say that when you lose your grip on a concrete track, the car will just snap incredibly loose. This is a track that takes all of your energy, all of your manpower. You have to manhandle that race car for 400 laps. It's a good time, but you have to be ready for it."
MARTIN (ON EBAY MOTORS JOINING THE NO. 5 TEAM.): "I'm really excited to have eBay Motors join us for the upcoming race at Martinsville. With Rick (Hendrick, team owner) and I both being in the car business ourselves, we both appreciate working with companies that are also in the business and are doing what they do to help move cars. The deal they're running to let eBay users put their username on the car is pretty cool, too. I haven't done a car like that before, and I'm anxious to see how many names we get on there. It would be nice to have a good run that weekend -- maybe even take all of those fans to Victory Lane with me. I've always said I have the best fans in NASCAR. That would be a good way to thank them."
ALAN GUSTAFSON, CREW CHIEF, NO. 5 DELPHI/GODADDY.COM CHEVROLET (ON A CONCRETE RACING SURFACE RATHER THAN AN ASPHALT SURFACE.): "The good thing about a concrete track like Dover is that we're not out chasing the track due to temperature changes. That just doesn't affect concrete like it does on asphalt. The big challenges are where the rubber builds up on the racetrack and the joints where the concrete was poured. Dover is really bumpy. We tend to fight making the car run well over those bumps more than we fight the simple fact that it's concrete."
-source: hendrick motorsports