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DODGE MOTORSPORTS QUOTE OF THE WEEK "Fuel mileage races are fun for crew chiefs and the driver. You're working together in a fashion where you both help each other when it comes to fuel mileage. The crew chief is counting on the driver to save...

DODGE MOTORSPORTS QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"Fuel mileage races are fun for crew chiefs and the driver. You're working together in a fashion where you both help each other when it comes to fuel mileage. The crew chief is counting on the driver to save fuel and the driver is counting on the crew chief and the team engineer running the fuel mileage to have a little bit extra so that you don't run out. Because when you run out like Tony Stewart did at Loudon, it will cost you big."

Kurt Busch, No. 2 Operation Home Front/Miller Lite Dodge Charger

ENGINEERING TALK

"When can you consider a race at Auto Club Speedway a sprint race? When you've run nothing but 500-mile races at the track since the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series first visited the track in 1997 and this week, we have our first 400-mile event ever. Yes, we've run plenty of 400-mile races at other tracks for years, but all of the engineering notes we've gathered at Auto Club Speedway are to support a 500-mile event. Fuel economy will be completely different from what we're used to, tire management, pit stops, pit box choices, qualifying considerations, you name it, and we'll have to rethink it for this week's shortened event."

Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering

DODGE DRIVER QUOTES

"It's consistency -- that's the key to winning the championship -- and we need more of it. That's always been the most critical factor and it certainly will be the decision-maker this season, too. From here on out, it'll be all about having the best average finish, getting all the bonus points you can and not having the problems that create bad finishes. You have to be bringing your 'A game' to the track each and every week. You have to be leading laps to get the bonus points and put the numbers on the board at the end of the day. If we can make it through Talladega with something near a 7.0 average with three races left, I feel confident that we can be within striking distance of the leader. We finished 13th at Loudon, fourth at Dover and 13th again last Sunday at Kansas and that figures out to be a 10.0 average after three races. That probably won't cut it." '

Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge

"The one thing about California, we tend to run well there every spring race but we seem to have some problems in the fall race. We're trying to figure out what the difference has been; I think it has a lot to do with how temperatures affect the track with it being hotter in the fall. Hopefully we'll get it figured out a little better this year."

Sam Hornish Jr. No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge

"Our cars are driving better on the intermediate tracks, not just for me, but for Kurt (Busch) and Sam (Hornish Jr.) as well. We have some new cars coming out as we close out the season. We're trying to do everything we can to help Kurt win the championship. So I'll think we continue to see improvement in our cars as we close out 2010 and start preparing for 2011. We have new cars coming out that we think will make us more competitive and I'm looking forward to seeing what they can do."

Brad Keselowski, No 12 Penske Dodge

-source: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Kurt Busch , Brad Keselowski , Sam Hornish Jr.