Pocono II: Dodge Motorsports preview

ENGINEERING TALK "With the longest straightaway in the Sprint Cup Series and the heat of a mid-season visit, the two-and-a-half-mile Pocono track becomes one of the toughest durability tests the teams will face all year. Over the last two years,...

ENGINEERING TALK

"With the longest straightaway in the Sprint Cup Series and the heat of a mid-season visit, the two-and-a-half-mile Pocono track becomes one of the toughest durability tests the teams will face all year. Over the last two years, the new Dodge R-6 has proven itself to be one of the most reliable engines ever introduced into Sprint Cup racing. We anticipate it'll be able to take this test in stride as well. " Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering

DODGE MOTORSPORTS QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"The truth is that we really struggled there in the first race and we were super fortunate to come out of there with that sixth-place finish. We didn't run good enough to deserve that finish. We missed the setup big time. It was one of those days when it wasn't pretty. But I'm fine with taking it, though, because most of the time, it's a case of us running better than the the figures show." Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Vortex Dodge Charger

DODGE DRIVER:

"It's been a good track for us that's for sure. I've struggled with the new car to get those wins, but (we've had) some solid finishes. To get around all those different corners, each one of them has different bumps and with this new car, bumps are hard to navigate. Turn 1 used to be my best corner, but with this new car it's now my worse. The way that the bumps are and the high speed entry into Turn 1, you have to change your game a little bit. Turns 2 and 3 are very important corners as well. You can't shift there anymore. With the big bumps on the track, these cars are definitely tougher to get around. We got on a pretty good streak there several years back with the old-style car, winning like two out of five races and finishing second in two of the other," Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Vortex Dodge Charger

"I enjoy the unique challenge that racing at Pocono provides. Obviously, the more you run at a track, the more you are going to learn about what it takes to be fast there. I should be a much better Pocono racer this weekend with the experience of that first race under my belt. (The track) has characteristics of Indianapolis and we had a strong car there last weekend. We just struggled to find some racing luck. The No. 12 Penske Dodge team has run better than our finishes have indicated over the last month." Brad Keselowski, No 12 Dodge Charger

"We have a much bigger notes package heading into the second race at Pocono. That gives us a lot of confidence that we can improve on our effort from June. Going back to these tracks for a second time -- and getting better results -- is very important to the growth process of this team. We were able to post one of our best qualifying efforts of the season for the first race, but we had a mechanical failure that kept us from a good race finish. There has definitely been improvement in this team over the last few weeks. I see us carrying that into Pocono this weekend." Jay Guy, crew chief, No. 12 Dodge Charger

-source: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Brad Keselowski