Bristol II: Dodge Motorsports preview

DODGE AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY * Kasey Kahne dominated last year's August race at Bristol Motor Speedway. He started from the pole, posted the fastest lap of the race and led 305 of the 500 laps. The only thing he didn't do was win...

DODGE AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

*         Kasey Kahne dominated last year's August race at Bristol
Motor Speedway.  He started from the pole, posted the fastest lap of the
race and led 305 of the 500 laps.  The only thing he didn't do was
win the race.  He finished second to Carl Edwards.
*         Kurt Busch posted his first career victory in the NASCAR Sprint
Cup Series at Bristol.  It came in the spring race in 2002 in his
sophomore season.  Busch also has the most recent Dodge win at BMS.  He
won the spring event in 2006.  He has five wins at the .533-mile track.

* Richard Petty provided Dodge with its only sweep at the .533-mile track as he claimed the win in both events during the 1975 season. He didn't start on the pole for either race, but did have a top-five starting spot. Kurt Busch swept both races in 2003, but that was before he joined the Dodge ranks and Penske Racing.

THE DODGE BOYS

* Former Dodge driver Rusty Wallace, a nine-time winner at Bristol, will be the official starter for a Guinness World Record attempt by the fans prior to the start of the Sharpie 500 on Saturday night. The TUMS Wave at Bristol Motor Speedway is an attempt to break the existing record for the world's largest wave. More than 160,000 fans will take part in the record attempt.

* The 11 Dodge teams entered in the Sharpie 500 will seek the manufacturer's 202nd victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Kasey Kahne recorded the 200th win by Dodge in the Pocono 500 in June. Dodge teams have posted 41 wins since the manufacturer returned to NASCAR's premier series in 2001 (including four this year) after being out of the sport since 1977.

DODGE ROOKIE CONTENDERS

* Sam Hornish Jr. -- The three-time IndyCar Series champion and 2006 Indy 500 winner qualified seventh and finished 29th in his inaugural race at BMS.

* Patrick Carpentier -- The driver of the No. 10 Dodge Charger from Gillett Evernham Motorsports is eager for the return to BMS. Carpentier missed the 43-car field for the spring event when qualifying was cancelled due to rain.

DODGE DRIVER QUOTES

Kurt Busch, Driver, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

"Man, what can you say? Bristol is Bristol and there's nothing else like it. This weekend's night race there is the hottest ticket in all of motorsports. Where else can you see 160,000 screaming fans all sitting around a track that looks more like a huge stadium or arena with the grandstands and sky boxes that circle the place? It's a place that carries so much electricity in the air. You never get tired of racing there and always look forward to coming back. I've often said that I wish we ran five races a year there and not just the two. I just truly love the place."

Kasey Kahne, Driver, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger

"There aren't too many other places we race where you can leave with a top 10 and have a race car that's pretty beat up and maybe even been wrecked. I really don't know of another track you can compare it to though. It's a short track like Martinsville but it is really fast which you can kind of compare to some place like Dover with the concrete. It's just a different track to race. I've probably gotten more comfortable racing there during the last couple years and it's a place I look forward to racing just because you really never know what to expect, which makes it fun and challenging."

Patrick Carpentier, Driver, No. 10 Valvoline Dodge Charger

"I think racing in the truck series will be really neat. Everyone keeps telling me how much fun I'm going to have. Hopefully I can pick up on the line of the track fairly quickly and we can start to get our Dodge Ram dialed in during first practice. I couldn't ask for anything more this weekend. I need the seat time to help with the performance of the Valvoline Dodge. Gillett Evernham Motorsports and Bobby Hamilton Racing are giving me every opportunity to do that this week.

"We're still focused on our goal of steadily improving our finishes and working closer to the top-35. We'll continue to push forward and I can't thank my Valvoline team enough. They've been working so hard on these racecars and our starting spots are getting better and better. It's time for us to put together a few finishes that show that too."

Kyle Petty, Driver, No. 45 Wells Fargo Dodge Charger

"I have to thank Chad McCumbee and Terry Labonte for their efforts in the No. 45 Wells Fargo Dodge over the last several races. They have moved the team up to the 39th position in the owner point's standings and we're in position to move up a few more if we can keep improving. I know it hasn't been easy on the crew. All three of us have different driving styles so they haven't been able to get into much of a rhythm. It's just a testament to how hard this team works."

"This car can still be considered 'new' at some tracks. We just ran it for the first time at Indy a few weeks ago. When we go to Bristol, though, it's just a racecar. This will be the fourth race for this car here. Everyone has it figured out by now. It does a great job on the short tracks, like Bristol, where you tend to use the 'bump and run' to pass. The way the bumpers on these cars line up, you can still nudge someone to make the pass, but they don't spin out as often."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Terry Labonte , Rusty Wallace , Kyle Petty , Kurt Busch , Patrick Carpentier , Richard Petty , Kasey Kahne , Carl Edwards , Chad McCumbee , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske