DODGE DRIVERS Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger "You have to figure out how to be at your very best at night under the lights. It's a real marathon -- 600 miles -- out there and you have to stay on top of a continuously changing...
Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger
"You have to figure out how to be at your very best at night under the lights. It's a real marathon -- 600 miles -- out there and you have to stay on top of a continuously changing track. You really have to get your car handling well on the long runs. Then, you have to consider all those restarts that we'll likely have as the race winds down. It's definitely the biggest challenge that we face in our sport."
Brad Keselowski, No 12 Dodge Charger
"Racing 600 miles, in one sitting, is very challenging. We've had a couple weekends this year where rain has forced us to run both the Nationwide and Cup Series races on the same day. Those equaled to over 800 miles. The difference is they weren't in one sitting. We were able to get out of the car, stretch our legs and get something to drink. You don't have that luxury in the Coca-Cola 600. It can wear you down physically, as well as mentally, and you need to be prepared for it."
Sam Hornish Jr., No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger
"As far as speedway races go, I thought our Mobil 1 Dodge in the Coca-Cola 600 last year was the best car we had all season. We were being real patient to make it to the last bit of the race to run hard and then it rained shortly after the halfway point. It was a very disappointing day for us because I thought we had a car that was capable of a top finish or maybe even a win. This race is the ultimate test of your patience as a driver. Racing for 500 miles seems like a long time, and if you add more miles than that it seems like an eternity."
FROM THE ENGINEER -- HOWARD COMSTOCK, DODGE MOTORSPORTS, NASCAR ENGINEERING
"After their dominating win at Charlotte last Saturday night in the Sprint All-Star Race, Kurt Busch and his No. 2 Penske Dodge team have the best setup notes in the garage. The 600 mile (race) marathon this week will require a different strategy. A loose race car is a fast race car and we saw plenty of fast race cars last week in the All-Star format. But a race car as loose as we saw last week would never finish this 600 mile test and teams will have to be much more conservative in this race that goes into the night."
FROM THE CREW CHIEFS
Travis Geisler, No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger
"For anyone in NASCAR there are three races that everyone really wants to win, the Daytona 500, the Brickyard 400 and the Coca-Cola 600. The longest race of the season puts everything to the test. With a start time of 6 p.m., the track goes through a big transition into the night. It is important to stay on top of what the track is doing to make good adjustments during the race. It is great to be racing in your backyard and there would be nothing better than celebrating a victory on Memorial Day weekend."
Jay Guy, No. 12 Dodge Charger
"The 600 is such a demanding race on the car, crew and driver. The car has to last all 600 miles without having any mechanical failures and the driver and crew have to stay mentally and physically sharp. We tried some different packages last week in the All-Star event and we feel really good about our chances this week."
-source: dodge motorsports