Talladega II: Dodge Motorsports preview

KURT BUSCH ON RACING AT TALLADEGA "I'm one that doesn't take a lot of chances and more times than not plays it more defensively than on the offense. I think that's been my mentality over the years. The times that I've been too aggressive...

KURT BUSCH ON RACING AT TALLADEGA

"I'm one that doesn't take a lot of chances and more times than not plays it more defensively than on the offense. I think that's been my mentality over the years. The times that I've been too aggressive out there and tried to make big bold moves, I wound up wrecked or getting shuffled out at the end and it didn't turn out well."

DODGE FAST FACT

Dodge driver Brad Keselowski earned his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top -10 finish as the driver of the No. 12 Dodge Charger from the Penske Racing stable. He started 25th and finished 10th at Martinsville.

DID YOU KNOW?

On March 24, 1970, Buddy Baker guided the No. 88 Dodge Daytona to a closed course speed record of 200.447 mph, becoming the first stock car driver to officially exceed the 200 mph mark.

DODGE MOTORSPORTS ENGINEERING QUOTE OF THE WEEK --

"If NASCAR set out to drive engineers crazy, then putting the Talladega race one week after Martinsville will get it done. Martinsville and its single lane, 60 mph mid-corner speeds last week now gives way to a 40-car pack, three wide, at nearly 200 mph this weekend at Talladega. And that's with the same chassis, same body templates and same engine at both places. Using the same equipment, it's the engineer's job to get the same result -- win."

Howard Comstock -- Dodge Motorsports Engineering

DODGE DRIVERS

At Talladega, if you make your move too early or you're too aggressive, that means there's that much more time for things to backfire. Then there are times that if you go too late, you'll want to kick yourself for not going earlier. That's why you have to dig down and forecast what's going on out there on the track. You ask yourself if this guy is an experienced racer or is he one of the younger guys? Has this guy been fast or has he been slow? You're out there trying to digest all of that and play all your cards right while you're just inches from the other guys and doing 200 miles per hour."

Kurt Busch, No. 2 Operation Home Front/ Miller Lite Dodge Charger

"Talladega has always been a wildcard race and it always will be. I really like restrictor-plate races and we've typically run pretty well at places like Talladega and Daytona. Superspeedways remind me of IndyCar Series racing because the outcome depends mostly on aerodynamics. It's like a chess game where you are trying to figure out what to do as the race progresses to position yourself correctly."

Sam Hornish Jr. No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

"You really have to pay attention to how the race unfolds at Talladega. There are times when you need to be patient. There are times when you need to keep your head about you and race smart. But you are going to have to be aggressive at the end. Those are three elements of restrictor-plate racing that I work on throughout the race. I learned that from Dale (Earnhardt) Jr. He gets a lot of the credit for the kind of racer that I am on the plate tracks."

Brad Keselowski, No 12 Penske Dodge Charger

-source: dodge motorsports

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Brad Keselowski , Buddy Baker , Sam Hornish Jr.