Dodge news 2007-08-23

Busch Hopes to Nail Coffin Shut on 12th Place; Busch Going for Third Win in Last Four Starts BRISTOL, Tenn. (Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007) -- Can Kurt Busch win again at Bristol and clinch a spot in the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Standings? ...

Busch Hopes to Nail Coffin Shut on 12th Place; Busch Going for Third Win in Last Four Starts

BRISTOL, Tenn. (Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007) -- Can Kurt Busch win again at Bristol and clinch a spot in the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Standings?

Busch will be going for this third victory in the last four starts and five of his wins came in Thunder Valley.

Busch and his crew chief Pat Tryson-led Penske Racing Team will be racing their PSC-516 Miller Lite Dodge Avenger at Bristol this weekend.

"We think that Kurt will have a very competitive car under him," Tryson said. "This is the same car that the team raced at Darlington back in May (started 18th and finished 12th after late-race pit stop ended a top-five run) and it should be a great car for the demands that the concrete high-banked track we're racing on this weekend call for."

A big congratulations to theTryson-led Miller Lite Dodge "over-the-wall gang" who won the Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge for their outstanding performance in Tuesday's race at Michigan. Their quick work saw Kurt stay only a total of 206.320 seconds on pit road and earned them the weekly award.

Busch's most memorable wins...his favorite...and his "coolest" have all come at Bristol...Of all 15 of Busch's career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victories entering this weekend's Sharpie 500, the 2004 series champ points to three of his Bristol wins as most memorable, among his favorite...and "coolest." "Yeah, without a doubt, that first win at Bristol back in 2002 will always be special," Kurt said. "You only have one first win and that's mine there. It was a great feeling that I'll always treasure. The same goes for my first win for Penske Racing at Bristol back in the spring. But, that win in the night race at Bristol in 2003 probably rates as my biggest career win to date.

"At least it does in my eyes. It is spectacular to win at Bristol at night. There's just so much electricity and excitement in the air. The fact that we won the Sharpie race in the Sharpie car added to the importance and significance of that win. It was probably my favorite and coolest win so far, but the two wins over the last three weeks have been pretty special."

Busch's Bristol "quick stats" (courtesy of NASCAR PR):

*  Five wins, eight top 10s; one pole

* Average finish of 15.2
* Driver Rating of 89.8, 11th-best
* Average Running Position of 15.4, 10th-best
* 74 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
* 131 Green Flag Passes, tied for seventh-most
* 1,454 Laps in the Top 15, 10th-most
* 694 Laps in the Top 15, fourth-most
* 66 Quality Passes, tied for ninth-most

Meanwhile, Kenny Wallace, one of the sports most personable and talented drivers, will fill in for Kyle Petty in the #45 Wells Fargo Dodge in Saturday night's Sharpie 500 at the .533-mile Bristol Motor Speedway. Petty's broken hand will again keep him out of the driver's seat for the second consecutive week. Petty is hopeful to return to the car at the California Speedway

Wallace will be making his 20th Nextel Cup career start at Bristol this weekend. He has two top-10 finishes at the track and one pole in Cup competition. Wallace is a winner at the track in the NASCAR Busch Series.

"It's disappointing not to be able to race at Bristol," said Petty. "I had every intention of getting back at Bristol, but I have to let the hand heal. You can't rush this along. Kenny is a good friend and a talented driver. I'm confident that he'll do a great job for our team and sponsors this weekend."

World of Outlaws

Donny Schatz won Sunday night's final at Castrol Raceway in Edmondton, Alberta, Canada, while Joey Saldana finished second in his Mopar-powered No. 9 Open Joist JEI. Saldana trails Schatz by 74 points. The next race is scheduled for Friday night at Skagit Speedway in Burlington, Wash.

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NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series

Johnny Benson won Wednesday night's truck race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Mike Bliss led the way for Dodge with a seventh-place finish in the No. 4 Open Joist Dodge Ram. Ken Schrader finished 18th in the No. 18 Fastenal Dodge Ram.

Bradley Riethmeyer, driving the Blackwater.usa.com Dodge Ram, finished 20th, and Jason White, in the Hooters Energy Drink Dodge Ram, finished 34th.

Mike Skinner continues to lead the series standings by 92 points over Ron Hornaday.

The trucks will race again on Sept. 1 at Gateway in St. Louis.

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR , NHRA , World of Outlaws
Drivers Mike Skinner , Kyle Petty , Ken Schrader , Kenny Wallace , Kurt Busch , Johnny Benson , Jason White , Donny Schatz , Mike Bliss , Joey Saldana
Teams Team Penske