Loudon II: Dodge Motorsports preview

DODGE IN THE CHASE * Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne carry the Dodge banner in the 2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup. THE CHASE -- KASEY KAHNE AT NEW HAMPSHIRE * Kahne won six races in 2006 en route to his only previous berth in the Chase He...

DODGE IN THE CHASE

* Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne carry the Dodge banner in the 2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup.

THE CHASE -- KASEY KAHNE AT NEW HAMPSHIRE

* Kahne won six races in 2006 en route to his only previous berth in the Chase He finished eighth in the final standings.

* In the five Chase events at the Loudon track Kahne has participated in, he has one top-five finish.

* In all 11 starts at NHMS, Kahne has one top-five and five top-10 finishes.

* He has two starts inside the top 10 in 11 races at NHMS.

* Average start at NHMS: 16.2 Average finish: 16.0

THE CHASE -- KURT BUSCH AT NEW HAMPSHIRE

* Busch started fourth and finished third in the spring event at NHIS.

* Busch is making his fourth Chase appearance and second driving a Dodge.

* In the eight fall Chase events at NHIS, Busch has one win, one top-five and three top-10 finishes in eight starts.

* In all races at Loudon, Busch has three wins, six top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 17 starts.

* Of his 17 starts, the last seven have been at the wheel of a Dodge from Penske Racing.

* Average start at NHMS: 14.6 Average finish: 14.8

DODGE AT NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

* Dodge has three wins at New Hampshire (Ward Burton, Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch).

DODGE DRIVERS:

Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

"All I can say is that I know from experience that if you can get it going in the right direction at Loudon, you can keep the momentum growing and sort of build some insurance for something bad happening later on during the 10 race stretch."

Kasey Kahne, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge

"Loudon is a great track for us. I had a top-four car there last spring and the rain came and we ran 10th because of track position. If it hadn't rained, we'd have run top four; maybe even a chance to win the race. We were pretty strong there. It's a great track for us. We still have some more wins to get for Dodge."

Reed Sorenson, No. 43 McDonald's McCafe Dodge

"As I have said before, I really don't know why I like that track so much. I grew up in the ASA (American Speed Association) racing on short tracks similar to New Hampshire. I guess it kind of fits my driving style. It's a fun track. I think with the double file restarts the races are even better now. The place is packed every time we go up there."

Elliott Sadler, No. 19 Stanley Dodge Charger

"Racing at New Hampshire may be one of the more difficult places on the entire Sprint Cup circuit. It seems that its either feast or famine. I've had a lot of good races there. I think I have eight top-15 finishes, but then again I've also had some pretty tough races there where we didn't finish as well as we would have liked.

AJ Allmendinger, No. 44 Berlin City Auto Group Dodge

"We owe that place one after getting wrecked there last time. We've shown some flashes the last couple of weeks, turning lap times that were really fast. Now we just have to figure out a way to run like that throughout a race and get a good finish."

David Stremme, No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge

"New Hampshire is a great track with some of the greatest race fans in the country. There are multiple grooves on entry, which gives me a number of options on how to get the car set in the corners. Since racing there in June, we have made a lot of gains with our short track program and I am excited to go back and see what we can do. The 'Chase style' format is really exciting for the fans. There is a race within the race to see how the top-12 finish each week, which adds an additional element to each week's race."

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

"New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a flat track that can be a challenge for drivers and teams. It's important for the race car to handle well on entry into the corners and you need to have the ability to accelerate quickly on the exit of the turns."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Ward Burton , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Kasey Kahne , David Stremme , Elliott Sadler , Reed Sorenson , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske