Las Vegas: Dodge Motorsports preview

DODGE DRIVER NOTES & ANCEDOTES - Kurt Busch (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) is one of just three drivers (Matt Kenseth & Tony Stewart) to score top-10 finishes in the first two races of the season. - Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge) is...

DODGE DRIVER NOTES & ANCEDOTES

- Kurt Busch (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) is one of just three drivers (Matt Kenseth & Tony Stewart) to score top-10 finishes in the first two races of the season.

- Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge) is tied with Dale Jarrett and Bobby Labonte for the most poles at LVMS - - two each.

- AJ Allmendinger's (No. 44 Harrah's Dodge Charger) will be making his first-career Cup start at the 1.5-mile oval.

- Elliott Sadler (No. 19 Stanley Dodge Charger) has one top-10 finish in 10 starts at LVMS. He finished 14th in last year's race.

- Reed Sorenson (No. 43 McDonald's Dodge Charger) will be making his fourth start at the 1.5-mile oval.

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Kasey Kahne - No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger

"Las Vegas is a great track and a lot of fun to race on. I think this will be one of the best races at Las Vegas yet. The track has had a chance to mature and develop the extra groves since the progressive banking was added. With the multiple grooves you can really search for the best line that will make your car work."

Elliott Sadler - No. 19 Stanley Dodge Charger

ON THE START OF THE SEASON: "Well, to be honest, I wish we were a little bit further up in the standings. It's nice to be in the top-12 after two races, but it would be a lot nicer to be first, second or third. We had a good night at Daytona, but we kind of let one slip away there that we should have been able to capture. California was a little more difficult - we attempted some things that we thought we learned at Rockingham that might give us a slight advantage, but it kind of backfired on us. Now we know that some of that stuff doesn't work as well as we were hoping and we have to go back to what we know."

AJ Allmendinger - No. 44 Harrah's Dodge Charger

ON ALLMENDINGER'S FAMOUS LABRADOR RETRIEVER 'MISTY': "I'm a race car driver, Lynne is a licensed chiropractor but I think we're going to be known simply as Misty's parents."

Pat Tryson - Crew Chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

ON THE PROGRESS OF THE DODGE R6P8 CUP ENGINE: "We've been extremely pleased with the engine. We continue to see gains all the way around with it. There's additional horsepower there and more to be found, we hope. The great thing for our Penske Team is that we helped introduce it during the final part of the season last year. We were able to address a few minor glitches here and there and it's been smooth sailing since then. Every week that passes, we get more and more comfortable about the engine's strength and durability."

David Stremme, No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge Charger

"Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a really cool track. They have done a great job integrating the fans into the action. As for the track itself, you have to really get your car to work on the bottom of the track. These new cars are really aero sensitive so you need have a stable car through the corners. All the guys at Penske Racing have been working really hard on our mile-and-a-half program and so far it has paid off. I am looking for another strong run out of our No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger this weekend!"

Sam Hornish Jr., No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

"Las Vegas Motor Speedway is where I got my first podium in the IndyCar Series. In that sense the track is very special to me. Hopefully, we will be able to run a whole lot more laps in Vegas this year than we did last year and capture a strong finish. Last season, our intermediate track program emerged as on of our strongest efforts. With a full season behind me in a stock car and at all the tracks where we race, I feel that we will make great strides as a team this season especially at intermediate tracks. Looking forward into the 2009 season, I really think that we should be able to consistently run inside the top 20."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Matt Kenseth , Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Kurt Busch , Kasey Kahne , David Stremme , Elliott Sadler , Reed Sorenson , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske