Atlanta II: Dodge Motorsports preview

ON ATLANTA LOSING A CUP DATE IN 2011 "Things change in racing - the one constant is change, as they say. You look at Atlanta and it has been a fixture on the schedule for a long time. It's hosted over 100 races, which is pretty incredible. It ...

ON ATLANTA LOSING A CUP DATE IN 2011

"Things change in racing - the one constant is change, as they say. You look at Atlanta and it has been a fixture on the schedule for a long time. It's hosted over 100 races, which is pretty incredible. It even hosted three in one year. There is no doubt that Atlanta is in a tough market, but I think this move will help them out in the long run. It should help sell the single Labor Day event out. If we can continue to put on the racing that has defined Atlanta over the years, I think the fans will come back and it will return to two dates."

Brad Keselowski, No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger

DODGE DRIVERS

"Winning the two spring races-in-a-row at Atlanta definitely puts a little more confidence into our step coming back in there. But, we've seen week in and week out this season just how much things can change from the first race to the second. We understand the challenge that we're up against." See much more on this in this week's advance that follows.

"The Atlanta race is definitely a race that we've had a bull's0x2010eye on since our big win there back in the spring. With just the two races remaining until the Chase kicks in, we need to go all out in trying to win at Atlanta and Richmond in order to pick up those bonus points for winning races."

Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

"When you go to Atlanta, you always worry about beating up your tires and the cars have been generally a lot tighter with the change to the spoiler. So for this race, you've really got to take care of your tires so that you can run well at the end of a long run. We were really, really good on the long runs in the spring race so we are looking forward to getting back to Atlanta this weekend."

Sam Hornish Jr. No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

"I like the fact that Atlanta is a very slick racetrack. You come in to put tires on and you are almost three seconds a lap faster. That's huge! A guy that will come in and pit one lap earlier than you do will gain almost half a straightaway on you. That puts pit strategy into focus. It's just a fun place to race. I had a lot of success with the high line in the spring race. I don't really think of myself as a driver that prefers the top, but I'll definitely search around to see where my car is the fastest. That's why we love racing at Atlanta."

Brad Keselowski, No 12 Penske Dodge Charger

DODGE MOTORSPORTS QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"I think that it's important not to run the car full out the first couple of laps because it will stretch the sidewalls out or chew up the tread and not give you the feel that you need on lap 30 of the run. The more that you take care of them in the beginning, the more that they will take care of you in the end."

Kurt Busch on tire management at AMS

-source: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Brad Keselowski , Sam Hornish Jr.