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DODGE AT AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY * Kurt Busch is one of five drivers to score a top-10 finish in both Auto Club Speedway races last season (Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson). * Busch has been running at the finish in all...

DODGE AT AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY

* Kurt Busch is one of five drivers to score a top-10 finish in both Auto Club Speedway races last season (Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson).

* Busch has been running at the finish in all 15 races in which he has competed at ACS.

* Dodge has earned four poles at Auto Club Speedway.

* Brad Keselowski will be making his first-career Sprint Cup start at Auto Club Speedway this weekend. In seven Nationwide Series starts at ACS, he has one top-five finish.

* Penske Racing has two wins at Auto Club Speedway.

* Dodge driver Sam Hornish Jr. won two open-wheel events at Auto Club Speedway (03/24/2002 and 09/21/2003) while competing in the IRL.

PREPARE TO QUALIFY

* Kurt Busch leads all drivers with three poles at Auto Club Speedway and has qualified in the top 10 in six of the last 10 races at the two-mile oval.

* There have been 13 different pole winners in 19 races since 1997.

* Only one race has been won from the pole, but 10 of the 19 winners have come from a starting spot inside the top 10.

DODGE TECHNOLOGY TIDBIT: AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY

Howard Comstock - Dodge Engineering NSCS Program Manager

"The Great American Race" may have been contested last week at Daytona but when the teams travel to Fontana and Auto Club Speedway this week the more important "downforce" part of the season begins in earnest. A total of 32 of the 36 points races in the Sprint Cup Series are run with cars that depend on aerodynamic downforce to help get them through the corners. The high banks of Daytona last week that helped the drivers turn are just a memory. Now teams have to rely on aerodynamics as well as chassis setup to get them through the much flatter corners we'll be faced with for most of the rest of the year."

DODGE "CHATTER" BOX:

Kurt Busch -- No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

"It's such a fast track and you carry such speed into the corners that you really have to stay on your toes. The spotter is extremely important in the races at Fontana because he has a better view of the other cars' closing rate. Our spotter, Chris Osborne, is the best in the business. He knows the cars that are approaching on fresher rubber and can give you the heads up well in advance so you can plan your moves accordingly."

Travis Geisler -- crew chief No. 77 AAA Dodge Charger

"We've had excellent fuel mileage over the past year and we've been able to make it to the end of the race when we needed it. Luckily, in the past at Fontana, I've either been in front of or behind someone when fuel mileage came into play, which helps me gauge how much fuel I need to save."

Steve Addington -- crew chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger on racing the "PRS-704" in Fontana.

"It's one of the newest cars we have and Kurt was really pleased with it during the relatively short time we had on the track at Texas."

DODGE DRIVERS:

Sam Hornish Jr. -- No. 77 Auto Club Dodge Charger

"I'm really looking forward to the Auto Club 500 for many reasons. First, to run the Auto Club paint scheme and to represent such an important organization is a great experience. I really couldn't ask for a better spot to be in this weekend. As for the race, I'm excited to get back on track in Fontana. I feel that we can make significant advances there this year and that the pieces have fallen into place for a strong run on Sunday."

Kurt Busch -- No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

"When the California, Las Vegas and Atlanta races are in the record book, we can get a good gauge on where we stand for the bulk of the season. Many of our off0x2010season questions and fresh ideas that we are applying will have answers and results to look at. We can take a look at where we are then and decide what we need to do -- what direction we need to go in -- after these next three races."

Brad Keselowski -- No. 12 AAA Dodge Charger

"It's easier to make up ground at the beginning of the season than it is later in the year. Auto Club Speedway is a good track to start working our way back. It's a 'driver's' track, one with a lot of grooves that you can explore to find where your car is the most comfortable."

-source: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Kurt Busch , Jimmie Johnson , Carl Edwards , Brad Keselowski , Travis Geisler , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske