Talladega II: Dodge Motorsports preview

DODGE IN THE CHASE * Kurt Busch is currently sixth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings after his 17th-place finish at Martinsville last weekend. He's finished 6th, 5th, 11th, 8th, 10th and 17th, respectively, in this year's Chase ...

DODGE IN THE CHASE

* Kurt Busch is currently sixth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings after his 17th-place finish at Martinsville last weekend. He's finished 6th, 5th, 11th, 8th, 10th and 17th, respectively, in this year's Chase races.

* Kasey Kahne is 11th in the Chase standings after finishing 32nd at Martinsville. He's finished 38th, 8th, 6th, 34th, 3rd and 32nd, respectively, in the first six races.

* Kurt Busch ranks second in points earned in restrictor-plate races in 2009.

* Kasey Kahne has scored one top-15 finish in the three restrictor-plate races in 2009 (15th, Daytona, July) and one top-10 in his last six restrictor-plate races.

THE CHASE -- KURT BUSCH AT TALLADEGA

* Busch started 33rd and finished 21st in last year's fall event at Talladega Superspeedway.

* In 17 starts at Talladega, Busch has six top-five and 12 top-10 finishes, best among all Dodge drivers.

* Busch has lead 96 laps at Talladega Superspeedway.

* Busch's best finish in the fall event at Talladega came in 2006 when he led nine laps and finished third.

* Busch is making his fourth Chase appearance and second driving a Dodge.

* Average start: 23.3 Average finish: 12.12

THE CHASE -- KASEY KAHNE AT TALLADEGA

* Kahne started 38th and finished 36th in last year's fall event at Talladega Superspeedway.

* In 11 starts at Talladega, Kahne has one top-five and three top-15 finishes.

* Kahne has led 14 laps at Talladega Superspeedway.

* Kahne's best finish is second-place at the fall event in 2006.

* Kahne's best starting position at Talladega is ninth at the fall event in 2007.

* Kahne won six races in 2006 and finished eighth in the final standings in his only other Chase appearance.

* Average start: 28.4 Average Finish: 23.5

DODGE DRIVERS

Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) on what makes a good restrictor-plate racer.

"I think being able to tell which line is moving. Wathcing your lanes, your spotter helps out a lot. Being able to know which line to be in at the right time and who to be around, who's pushing you, who are you pushing, getting those bursts of speed and blocking at the right time. I think it's just a lot of being good in your mirrors and having a good spotter and then having a good engine; that a huge part of it, having a good engine."

Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

"I don't know what driver first called it a high-speed chess match, but that's a pretty good analogy and I've always thought of the competition that way. It's like you come down to the finish looking to be among the lead pack. Then it comes down to making your strategic moves out there while at the same time anticipating the next moves of all the guys around you. It often gets really hairy out there and you're forced to really hang it all out on the line. But the way I've always looked at it is what we do every race is certainly not for the weak at heart. These races just always seem to bump it up a notch or two on the stress meter -- for the drivers, team members and especially the fans."

Reed Sorenson, No. 43 Liberty Medical Dodge Charger

"We just need to survive. We've shown we have a pretty good restrictor plate program. The key is just missing all wrecks. If we can do that, we are fast enough that we will finish well. It'll be exciting. Talladega always is for the fans."

AJ Allmendinger, No. 44 Hunt Brothers Dodge Charger

"We've run pretty well at restrictor plate tracks this season. We finished third at Daytona in February and then were pretty decent there in July, then we got caught in a wreck on lap 7 at Talladega. That's kind of the way this racing goes. If you miss the wrecks you will probably have a good day. If you don't miss the wreck it doesn't matter how fast you run. Your day will be junk."

David Stremme, No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger

"Talladega is a great track. I love going there. It is a place where you can run three-and --four-wide all day. The guys on the No. 12 car have really made a lot of gains on our superspeedway program and I am looking forward to this weekend. We had a great car in the summer race at Daytona, but were taken out in a wreck before the finish. I know we have a great car, we just need to keep ourselves in position to fight for the win in the last 10 laps."

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

"There is always a 'wild card' element that comes with restrictor-plate racing. You never know what is going to happen out there. You just have to stay alert and focus on driving smart so that you are there when the checkered flag waves."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Kasey Kahne , David Stremme , Reed Sorenson , Sam Hornish Jr.