Atlanta: Dodge Motorsports preview

DODGE AT ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY * Dodge has visited victory lane six times at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Five came before the track was reconfigured in 1997. * Two current Dodge drivers have won Sprint Cup races at AMS: They are Kurt Busch (2002)...

DODGE AT ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY

* Dodge has visited victory lane six times at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Five came before the track was reconfigured in 1997.

* Two current Dodge drivers have won Sprint Cup races at AMS: They are Kurt Busch (2002) and Kasey Kahne (2006).

* Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) started from the Bud Pole and won the spring race at AMS in 2006. It was his first of a series-high six wins during the season. Kahne has four top-five and five top-10 finishes in nine starts at Atlanta.

* Since 2002, Dodge has claimed the pole for nine of the last 11 races in which qualifying has taken place at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

* The No. 12 Dodge from Penske Racing claimed the pole for six consecutive Sprint Cup races at AMS (2003 -- 2005).

DODGE DRIVER NOTES & ANECDOTES

* Kurt Busch (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) has scored top-15 finishes in his last five races at AMS. He has one win and five top-10 finishes in 16 starts at AMS. Busch finished sixth in last season's fall event.

* Kasey Kahne's (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) 11th-place finish in Las Vegas vaulted the Richard Petty Motorsports driver to within eight points of 12th in the NSCS driver standings.

* Elliott Sadler (No. 19 Best Buy Dodge Charger) leads all current Dodge drivers in laps led this season with 24 (Daytona 500).

* Reed Sorenson (No. 43 Super 8 Dodge Charger) has more career top 10s (three) at Atlanta Motor Speedway than any other track on the NSCS circuit.

* AJ Allmendinger must qualify for Sunday's race.

DID YOU KNOW?

* The last 10 races at AMS have been won from an 11th or better starting position.

DODGE QUOTES

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

"I really like racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway because it is a fast track with multiple lines. You can race anywhere from the white line to the wall which allows you to find a place to pass. The No. 77 team ran well in Atlanta last fall, but didn't get the finish we deserved. We are definitely looking to build upon a solid start to the 2009 season."

Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

"It's the third consecutive intermediate track we've raced on and it's like round three of a scheduled 18-round title fight out there. The way we've performed on these tracks and in those races prior to this season; our focus in 2009 has to be on tackling the tracks and hitting on the right setups first. Then we can go after the competition."

Kasey Kahne, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger

"Atlanta is one of my favorite race tracks. It's a fast track and it's wide enough so there are multiple grooves for racing. I like the fact that it lets the driver figure out where the car is handling best. It makes it a little more challenging but it's also a lot of fun.

"Your car may be good on the bottom early in the race, but as the track changes the car may work better up top. It's important to move around to make sure you are running the quickest line. A line that didn't work early may be the right line later in the race. Just because another driver is having success with one line doesn't mean the setup you have in your car will automatically produce the same kind of results."

Pat Tryson, Crew Chief No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

"I think the Dodge Charger has been really good this year. It seems like the new nose has helped us a little bit...giving (the car) a little better balance. We need to be better yet, but at least we're competitive and having a shot at it (a win) right now. If we keep working on our setups and getting our cars a little better, hopefully we'll be able to dominate some of these races."

Reed Sorenson, No. 43 Super 8 Dodge Charger

"Racing in front of my friends and a bunch of family is pretty cool. You always want to do well, but yeah, winning at Atlanta would be a dream come true. But right now we just want to run well. Don't get me wrong I'll do anything to win one of these races and this weekend would be a great time to get that first one."

AJ Allmendinger, No. 44 Charter Communications Dodge Charger

Atlanta is a very fast track and its pretty tough on equipment. Our mission is to get qualified and then go out there and show everyone we are better than what we have shown in the last two weeks. We finished 14th there last year and I think we can do even better this race."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Richard Petty , Kasey Kahne , Elliott Sadler , Reed Sorenson , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske , Richard Petty Motorsports