Richmond: Dodge Motorsports preview

FROM THE ENGINEER Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering "Everybody talks about how important brakes are at Richmond, but the truth is if a team can get their car to turn, the brakes become a non-issue. Drivers overuse the brakes...

FROM THE ENGINEER

Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering

"Everybody talks about how important brakes are at Richmond, but the truth is if a team can get their car to turn, the brakes become a non-issue. Drivers overuse the brakes trying to get a stubborn car to get through the corners and that's when you run into problems. But the driver that wins the race won't talk about brakes, he'll talk about how good his car handled."

Statistics: Courtesy of Racing Recall

DODGE DRIVERS:

Kurt Busch -- No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

"Richmond has been a great track for me in the past. I felt like I've had some solid runs, and I've had run where we've left scratching our heads. We finished second the last time that we raced at Richmond and we hope to build on that. We've been testing at Gresham Motorsports Park just trying to gain on our short-track program. We were third at Bristol earlier this year, so we think we'll be strong. It's one of those pivotal races in the season because Richmond is the cut-off race to the Chase in the fall. You better be good there in May to be good there in September."

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

"I've always enjoyed racing at Richmond International Raceway and have been able to find success there in both the IndyCar Series as well as in NASCAR. Last season, the Mobil 1 team earned top-10 finishes in both races at Richmond and we are all excited to return and hopefully race for similar results. Richmond is a multi-groove racetrack and that makes for exciting racing for drivers and fans alike. Patience is key at short tracks. You have to put yourself in position to be there at the end of the race when it matters most."

Brad Keselowski -- No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge Charger

"Richmond is a place where I'm still learning and getting experience in the Cup cars. It's an awesome racetrack and there is a reason that all of the drivers put it on their short list of favorite tracks. I qualified well there last year and I think we'll race well when we go back this weekend. Racing under the lights on a Saturday night at Richmond is some of the most exciting racing of the year. We need a good, solid race to gain the points we lost at the end of the race at Talladega."

FROM THE CREW CHIEFS

Travis Geisler, crew chief, No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge

"Saturday night at Richmond always produces exciting racing. The track seems to widen out during the race and allows for some great-side-by-side racing. The Mobil 1 Dodge is ready to go and repeat our strong performances at Richmond last season. It is important to get the car turning well through the center of the corners while still having the rear secure under throttle on exit. We will focus on these keys during our practice on Friday to get the car dialed in for Sam."

Jay Guy, crew chief, No. 12 Penske Dodge

"Richmond is a fast short track that has a lot of challenges. It almost drives like a speedway because the corner speed is very high. It takes the right balance of having the car turn in the center without giving up forward drive off the corner. Fuel mileage and pit strategy come in to play at times so you need to make sure you stay on top of that throughout the race. Richmond is a track where a driver can make a big difference and I feel that plays into our hands with Brad behind the wheel."

-source: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Brad Keselowski , Travis Geisler , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske