Phoenix II: Dodge Motorsports preview

DID YOU KNOW? Dodge driver Kurt Busch will pilot chassis PRS-715 this weekend at PIR. The chassis debuted in winning fashion in the March 7 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta. Busch led six times for 129 laps in his winning effort. DODGE MOTORSPORTS...

DID YOU KNOW?

Dodge driver Kurt Busch will pilot chassis PRS-715 this weekend at PIR. The chassis debuted in winning fashion in the March 7 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta. Busch led six times for 129 laps in his winning effort.

DODGE MOTORSPORTS ENGINEERING QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"Phoenix International Raceway must feel like the meat in a one and a half mile sandwich. The one-and-a-half mile track at Texas last week gives way to the very flat, one mile of Phoenix this week before the season ends at another mile-and-a-half at Homestead-Miami next week. The chassis for Phoenix is different than last week, the aerodynamic package is different than last week, the engine and gearing package is different than last week, and the setup for this flat track is very different than last week. No other track in the series is exactly like Phoenix and that's what makes it such an engineering challenge."

Howard Comstock -- Dodge Motorsports Engineering

DODGE DRIVER QUOTES

"I was 13 years old and it was such a really big deal when my dad carried me to see my very first big NASCAR Cup race at Phoenix. Growing up in racing like I did and having my parents take me to the short tracks when I was just a toddler really helped put racing in my blood so early in life.

"When I think back to all those many years ago when my dad carried me to PIR to see my first-ever live Cup race -- my first time ever to watch the big boys race -- it always brings a smile to my face. When I think back to running on all the short tracks like we did and winning the old NASCAR Southwest Tour championship at Phoenix, it's a flattering feeling."

Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

"Phoenix is always a wildcard place for me. Anytime we go there, I feel like we can qualify in the top 10 and finish in the top 10 as long as we don't have any issues with the car. Phoenix and Pocono are two of my favorite places to run. I don't really know why since they are so drastically different. Phoenix is probably my favorite place to race."

Sam Hornish Jr. No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

"Phoenix is a very tricky racetrack. It's important, as a driver, to be really smooth with your wheel inputs and the way you work the throttle and brake. That's what I focus on when I get there and I think anyone that runs well there does the same thing. It's also really important to work with your crew chief to come up with a setup that is balanced and will work well with the asphalt at Phoenix. The track is worn down and it sits in that Arizona sun and just bakes, so it's hard to get your car hooked up."

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.