Martinsville: Dodge Motorsports preview

DID YOU KNOW? Petty Enterprises has won more races at Martinsville than any other organization -- 19. Howard Comstock, Engineering Sprint Cup Program Manager, Dodge Motorsports "As I believed from the beginning of the season, fewer Dodges on...

DID YOU KNOW?

Petty Enterprises has won more races at Martinsville than any other organization -- 19.

Howard Comstock, Engineering Sprint Cup Program Manager, Dodge Motorsports

"As I believed from the beginning of the season, fewer Dodges on the track (seven compared to 11 in 2008) doesn't mean less performance. We have a much smaller, but much more focused group that's working closer together and getting better results. Both the RPM (Richard Petty Motorsports) and Penske (Racing) organizations have at least one championship contender and in this series; that's good performance."

Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

"On this race track, whether you're driving an Allison legacy car, or late model or even in the truck series, the front bumpers to the rear bumpers have always matched up to the point where you can lift somebody's tires up or get them loose in the fashion that you are racing him. It's not a life or death situation. But with this new car, when you bump someone, the front part of the car still stays planted and that's where some of the excitement can change with this new car. If we want to make adjustments, we need to adjust to where we can race with the front of these cars -- but sometimes that always isn't encouraged. And so, if you have a faster car, 99 percent of the time you can figure out a way to get by the guy in front of you."

Kasey Kahne, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger

"As a driver, I've learned a lot about racing (at Martinsville). But, I also think that my car has gotten better at this track. The first time that I was here, I could barely go around it. I wasn't even close to qualifying well here. The next year, I was better and the car drove ten times better than the year before and we ran second. It's a tough track and some people pick this track up quicker than others, but I also think that you need a car with a good setup to win here."

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

"Racing at Martinsville Speedway reminds me of racing go-karts when I was growing up. We used to run indoor hockey venues. Martinsville always reminds me of those smaller tracks like that. You can count on there being a lot of 'beating and banging' on every restart at Martinsville and there is always someone right there on your inside."

Reed Sorenson, No. 43 Charter Dodge Charger

"When Richard Petty tells you something about a track--especially Martinsville--you listen. It's funny the cars are totally different these days, but race strategy probably hasn't changed all that much ever since he was racing. I love Martinsville. It gives you a glimpse at the history of our sport. I think that's one of the cool things about NAS-CAR. While we have grown we have still kept some things that tie us to our roots."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Richard Petty , Kasey Kahne , Reed Sorenson , Sam Hornish Jr.