Loudon II: Dodge Motorsports preview

DODGE MOTORSPORTS QUOTE OF THE WEEK "The one change that I'd like to see is a separate point system for the 12 Chase drivers. They should be running against each other and not the entire starting field. That way, if you run into problems during...

DODGE MOTORSPORTS QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"The one change that I'd like to see is a separate point system for the 12 Chase drivers. They should be running against each other and not the entire starting field. That way, if you run into problems during a race and finish 30th, it doesn't completely eliminate your chances. If it's structured like that, it will definitely add to the excitement by keeping it close all the way down to the final race. You could still have eight or more drivers with a shot at winning the title going into the final race weekend. Can you imagine the publicity value of that scenario going down to the wire?"

Kurt Busch -- No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

ENGINEERING TALK

"So, the Chase begins this week at Loudon. The teams are no doubt ready with their best chassis for this very-flat, 1.058-mile oval. They've had weeks to prepare for it. But it's not that easy. The very-flat Loudon is followed by Dover, a one-mile track, but high banked. The next stop is the high-banked, 1.5-mile track at Kansas followed by Fontana, a test on a two-mile track. And that's just the first four races of the 10-race Chase. Teams are now definitely in the crunch part of the season, a new engineering challenge and a new chassis every week."

Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering

DODGE DRIVERS

"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. But, on the other end of the equation, with so much hype and such great expectations you have going into the first race of the Chase, I've definitely seen just how much of a blow it can be to get started on a bad note. When you look at my career, winning the first Chase in 2004 -- and especially what happened in the years since then -- mine is probably as good of example as any when it comes to considering the importance of getting a good finish in that first race. I guess it'd be really accurate to say that I've definitely seen the good and the bad."

Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

"New Hampshire is one of the most challenging tracks that we run at because the cars generally want to get loose entering the corners and there is no banking to hold you. There are not a lot of places to run and be fast. You want to be right down at the bottom (of the track) so your car has to be set up for one particular area, but you still have to be able to move around a little bit to get around people or take their line away from them.

"We're out there trying to help the No. 2 team get through some more things on race weekend as far as trying to check some more stuff off the list. I think that's how we're best served in trying to help them during the Chase."

Sam Hornish Jr. No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

"I don't have any specific goals for the Chase races that we don't have any other week. We want to go out and do the best we can and challenge for wins. That doesn't change because we can't win the championship. It probably gives us some added incentive to go for wins because we don't have to worry about points. You do have to be mindful of who you are racing because you don't want to put yourself in bad spots with a guy in the Chase, but if I have a fast car I'm going to get all the positions I can."

Brad Keselowski, No 12 Penske Dodge Charger

-source: dodge motorsports

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