Talladega: Dodge Motorsports preview

DODGE AT TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY * Richard Brickhouse drove a winged Dodge Daytona to victory in the inaugural Talladega 500. The event was boycotted by virtually all the top NASCAR drivers. It was Brickhouse's only NSCS win in 39 races. * ...

DODGE AT TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY

* Richard Brickhouse drove a winged Dodge Daytona to victory in the inaugural Talladega 500. The event was boycotted by virtually all the top NASCAR drivers. It was Brickhouse's only NSCS win in 39 races.

* Elliott Sadler leads all current Dodge drivers with three career poles at Talladega Motor Speedway.

* Kurt Busch leads all Dodge drivers with six top-five and 11 top-10 finishes at Talladega. Busch has finished in the top-10 in seven of the last 10 races at TMS.

* Juan Pablo Montoya piloted the highest-finishing Dodge at last year's Aaron's 499, finishing second in the No. 42 Dodge Charger.

DODGE DRIVERS:

Kasey Kahne, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger

"Stay out of trouble -- that's what it's all about and getting the car to draft well. As far as sucking up -- you can do a little bit here and there. You want horsepower to show up and if we can do that -- then you just have to wait until the end of the race. It's all about the last couple of laps -- getting in the right line with the right drivers behind you. You just never know who they're going to be. I've tried to go with Junior (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) a couple times and it hasn't worked. I've went with Junior and it has worked. I've went with other guys - you just never really know, but you try to make the right guess and hope that it works out."

AJ Allmendinger, No. 44 Hunt Brothers Pizza Dodge

"You better believe we're welcoming the chance to run at Talladega. We are taking the same car that we finished third in at Daytona. I don't know how much strategy there is at Talladega other than race like heck, stay out of trouble and be there at the end. If we can hook up our Petty Dodges like we did at Daytona, then I think we have a good chance on Sunday. But it's Talladega and nothing would surprise me. Guess that's why there are so many people who like that race."

Reed Sorenson, No. 43 U.S. Air Force Dodge Charger

"It's (Talladega) not a handling track. The cars handle well, especially with the new pavement with how smooth that it is. There are no handling issues, so we're all sitting there in a little square of 43 cars. I think the reason (of being so tired) after 500 miles of being there, I think you're mentally drained more than physically, although those cars do get pretty hot inside when you run 70-80 laps without a caution. You're sitting there racing for 500 miles and you're on a different spot on the track every lap. By the end of the race, you're just kind of mentally stressed out and kind of want to sit down and not think about anything for a little while."

Sam Hornish Jr., No. 77 Penske Truck Rental/AAA Dodge

"This will be only my second race at Talladega Superspeedway and I'm pretty excited about this weekend's race. Last spring, the No. 77 Dodge was pretty good and we were racing up front for a while before a blown tire and then engine woes dropped us back to 35th by the end of the race. I really think that Penske Racing, as a whole, has made some decent gains in its speedway package with the new race cars and the addition of the Dodge R6 engine. I know everyone at the shop has put a lot of work into making improvements across the board and I am excited to see what we've got when we unload in Talladega."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Team Penske