Richmond II: Dodge Motorsports preview

Dodge at Richmond International Raceway * The 11 Dodge teams entered in the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 will seek the manufacturer's 202nd victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Kasey Kahne recorded the 200th win by Dodge in the Pocono 500 at ...

Dodge at Richmond International Raceway

* The 11 Dodge teams entered in the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 will seek the manufacturer's 202nd victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Kasey Kahne recorded the 200th win by Dodge in the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway in June. Dodge teams have posted 41 wins since the manufacturer returned to NASCAR's premier series in 2001 (including four this year) after being out of the sport since 1977.

* Lee Petty drove a Dodge to victory in the first NASCAR race at Richmond in 1953; a 200-lap event on what was then a .5-mile dirt track.

* Dodge has 17 wins at Richmond including three since the manufacturer returned to NASCAR's premier series in 2001.

Dodge Drivers at Richmond International Raceway

* Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) will make his 10th career start at RIR. He is currently 14th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings - 48 points out of the 12th-place position and 31 points behind 13th. In nine previous starts, Kahne has one win, two top-five and five top-10 finishes.

* Elliott Sadler (No. 19 Best Buy Dodge Charger) is making his 25th start at RIR this weekend. He has two top-five and six top-10 finishes. Sadler impressive qualifying record at RIR includes 10 top-10 starts; including the last three races.

* Ryan Newman (No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger) has one victory, four top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 13 NASCAR Cup Series starts at Richmond. His win came during the 2003 fall race. In that race, Newman started fourth and led 125 laps before claiming victory in the 400-lap event. Newman qualified fifth and finished 10th in this year's spring race.

* Sam Hornish Jr. (No 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) will make his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Richmond this weekend. Earlier this season, Hornish started 35th and finished 23rd. He is currently ranked second in the 2008 Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings. He trails leader Regan Smith by just one point and leads third-place driver Patrick Carpentier by seven points.

* Kurt Busch (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) has one win, two top-five and four top-10 finishes in 15 career starts at Richmond. His only Richmond win came at the fall event (2005) where he qualified fifth and led 185 laps to claim the victory over then-teammate Matt Kenseth.

* Bobby Labonte (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger) qualified 10th for this race last year. It was his 13th top-10 start at the .75-mile track. He started from the pole at RIR in 1993. His best finish at Richmond is second, which he has scored twice (1999 and 2003). In 31 visits to RIR, Labonte has amassed four top-five and 10 top-10 finishes.

* Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 42 Juicy Fruit Slim Pack Dodge Charger) will be making his fourth start at Richmond this weekend. Montoya's average start is 12.3. His average finish is 33rd.

* Reed Sorenson (No. 41 Target Dodge Charger) has five NSCS starts at Richmond with a best finish of 12th (May-2008). He has two top-15 finishes.

* Patrick Carpentier (No. Valvoline Dodge Charger) started fourth last spring in his only NSCS race in Richmond. Carpentier was collected in a multi-car wreck and finished 43rd. Carpentier currently sits 36th in driver points and has earned one pole (Loudon) in 2008.

* Kyle Petty (No. 45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil) won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond in 1986. The win made him the first third-generation Sprint Cup race winner at RIR. Petty made his first start at RIR in 1981. In 52 starts at Richmond, Petty has scored a total of three top-5 and 12 top-10 finishes.

* Robby Gordon (No. 7 Jim Beam Operation Homefront Dodge Charger) is making his 18th career start at RIR. He has one top-five.

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya