Phoenix II: Dodge Motorsports preview

DODGE IN THE CHASE * Kurt Busch is currently fourth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings, 171 points behind the leader, after winning Sunday's Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. He has finished 6th, 5th, 11th, 8th, 10th, 17th, 30th...

DODGE IN THE CHASE

* Kurt Busch is currently fourth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings, 171 points behind the leader, after winning Sunday's Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. He has finished 6th, 5th, 11th, 8th, 10th, 17th, 30th and 1ST respectively, in this year's Chase races.

* Kasey Kahne is 10th (-399 points) in the Chase standings after running out of gas and finishing 33rd at Texas. He has finished 38th, 8th, 6th, 34th, 3rd, 32nd, 2nd and 33rd respectively, in this year's Chase races. He is 399 points behind the leader.

* Two Dodge drivers (Jeremy Mayfield and Ryan Newman) were in the inaugural Chase in 2004.

* In 2005, three Dodge drivers (Mayfield, Newman and Rusty Wallace) made the Chase field with Newman winning the opener at New Hampshire.

* Kasey Kahne was the lone Dodge driver in the 2006 Chase field. He finished eighth in the final Chase standings.

* The Chase field was expanded from 10 to 12 drivers in 2007. Kurt Busch was the lone Dodge representative; he finished seventh in the final standings.

* There were no Dodges in the 2008 Chase field.

* Busch and Kahne are the Dodge representatives in the 2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup.

THE CHASE -- KURT BUSCH AT PHOENIX

* Busch started third and finished second in last year's fall event at Phoenix International Raceway. It's his best finish in the fall race.

* In 13 starts at PIR, Busch has one win (2005), four top-five and seven top-10 finishes. He has led 571 laps.

* Busch has posted top-10 starts in seven of his last eight races at PIR.

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

* Average start: 14.8 Average finish: 12.5

THE CHASE -- KASEY KAHNE AT PHOENIX

* Kahne started 11th and finished 13th in last year's fall event at Phoenix International Raceway.

* In 10 starts at PIR, Kahne has one top-five and three top-10 finishes.

* Kahne's best finish at PIR was fifth at the fall race his rookie year in 2004.

* Kahne's best starting position at PIR is fourth (2004).

* Kahne won six races in 2006 and finished eighth in the final standings in his only other Chase appearance.

* Average start: 13.0 Average Finish: 19.5

DODGE DRIVERS:

Kasey Kahne, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge

"Phoenix is a pretty unique race track. To me, it's a neat place to go (race). The weather always seems to be good out there. That's a track that I haven't really run that well at. Early on (in my career) I did...my first year. We've kind of been up-and-down there. I feel like this year, with where we're at right now and the gains that we've made in the last month. Phoenix will be another track where we can run pretty well."

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

"Kurt is as good as they get on those tracks and his record certainly shows that. He's won a ton of races on the flat one0x2010mile tracks and is always on top of his game every time we race there. When we get out to Phoenix, Kurt seems to have some extra swagger going and I'm sure that'll be the case again this weekend. He has such a strong background and connection with that track."

Brad Keselowski, No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge

"I have run Phoenix [International Raceway] in the Nationwide Series car and have had a couple of good runs there. This will be my first time in a Cup Series car at Phoenix. I feel like the Penske cars have been extremely strong on the short tracks. Phoenix, to me, is a short track even though it is one mile in length. It drives like a short track. [Teammate] Kurt [Busch] has historically run really well there, and hopefully we can build on the success Penske has had. The No. 12 team did a great job in our first weekend together. We did not get the finish we deserved last weekend in Texas, but I feel like we really have a solid foundation."

Sam Hornish Jr., No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge

"There is something special about Phoenix International Raceway because it is a track where I experienced many of my firsts in racing. I would never think that my first top-10 in Cup Series competition would come on a short track, but the April race was very special to me and the entire No. 77 team."

Roy McCauley, Crew Chief, No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge

"Phoenix is a tough track. As a crew chief, you have to set up the car for two separate corners. If you can get your car to really run well through turns 3 and 4, you will have a solid car. We know going in we have a good car and a great driver. We just need a bit of luck to get the finish we deserve."

Travis Geisler, Crew Chief, No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge

"This weekend's race at Phoenix International Raceway is a really good opportunity for the Mobil 1 Dodge to get back on track. We have had some very good runs on short tracks this season, including the first race at Phoenix earlier this year. It is a challenge to balance the car at the one-mile oval because of the difference in the corners. Turns 1 and 2 are tighter with more banking than turns 3 and 4, which are more flat, sweeping corners."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield , Rusty Wallace , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Kasey Kahne , Brad Keselowski , Travis Geisler , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske