Homestead: Dodge Motorsports preview

FAST FACT Only twice since 1975 has the Sprint Cup point lead changed in the final race of the season -- 1979 and 1992. In 1979, Richard Petty overcame a two-point deficit to win by 11 over Darrell Waltrip. In '92, Alan Kulwicki overcame a ...

FAST FACT

Only twice since 1975 has the Sprint Cup point lead changed in the final race of the season -- 1979 and 1992. In 1979, Richard Petty overcame a two-point deficit to win by 11 over Darrell Waltrip. In '92, Alan Kulwicki overcame a 30-point deficit to win by 10 over Bill Elliott.

DODGE MOTORSPORTS ENGINEERING QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"It seems fitting that the season should end at a mile and a half track. This is the 10th time we've run on one this year, far more than any other configuration. But Homestead- Miami's secret to being different from all the rest is that it has graduated banking in the corners, and the higher you run on the track, the more banking you get to take advantage of. So the engineering choice here is always, 'Do I set up the car to run low, the shorter way around the track, or do I set up the car to run high, a longer distance around but more banking and more momentum?' Yet another engineering choice to make."

Howard Comstock -- Dodge Motorsports Engineering

DODGE DRIVERS

"We're coming in there ranked 10th in the points and really need to finish up the season in the top 10 in the standings. Only the top-10 drivers get stage time at the banquet out in Las Vegas in a couple of weeks. It would be a cool deal and very appropriate if we have the opportunity to take to the stage and publicly thanks all our sponsors. We're celebrating the five great seasons with MillerCoors and starting the new chapter with Shell-Pennzoil and would love to have the opportunity to get up there and thank them all for their support."

Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

"I like Homestead-Miami Speedway; it's been one of my favorite places for many years. Unlike other intermediate venues that are tri-ovals, both ends of the track are exactly the same with two straightaways in between. The way you get into the corners at Homestead is unlike anywhere else. It's a unique track and a great place to have the final race of the season.

Sam Hornish Jr. No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

"This year has been a year of progression and learning, for sure. I feel like we are building equity here at Penske Racing. We want to definitely be better. It's hard to put a grade on that. I think that some of the efforts we put in could have yielded better results, but a lot of that was just bad racing luck. Other weeks we haven't performed well and have had good luck to get decent finishes. So that makes it hard to put a grade on the season. We still have work to do to get to where we want to be, and that is contending for wins and a spot in the Chase."

Brad Keselowski, No 12 Penske Dodge Charger

-source: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Darrell Waltrip , Kurt Busch , Richard Petty , Brad Keselowski , Sam Hornish Jr. , Alan Kulwicki
Teams Team Penske