Keys for Success: Coca-Cola 600- Lowe's Motor Speedway CONCORD N.C., (May 22, 2008) -- Each race weekend, random Dodge Motorsports crew chiefs, drivers, engine specialists and team members will give their insight on the 'keys to success' for the...
Keys for Success: Coca-Cola 600- Lowe's Motor Speedway
CONCORD N.C., (May 22, 2008) -- Each race weekend, random Dodge Motorsports crew chiefs, drivers, engine specialists and team members will give their insight on the 'keys to success' for the upcoming race. This week, the green flag drops at the 1.5-mile oval at Lowe's Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600.
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) "Track position at the end of the race and communication during it. Being able to relay what the car is doing to the team every pit stop and making it better is critical."
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Best Buy Dodge Charger) "Adjusting to the race track will be key all day. This is a very hard race for the crew chiefs adjusting to the track because it's going to change so much between 5:30 pm and the end of the race."
KENNY FRANCIS (Team Director -- No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) -- "The main thing is just try to stay focused the whole race. It's such a long race, so mentally tough. The driver, crew, everyone must keep their mind in the game for 600 miles, try to take a break every now and then when they get a chance and then get back to the focus, the job at hand. That's probably one of the most difficult things."
DALE INMAN (Eight-Time Champion Crew Chief and Consultant -- Petty Enterprises) -- "Finish. The key to success is finishing, still racing at 600 miles. You have to take care of your equipment and have a lot of luck. You have to know when to get after it and when not. The last 100 miles usually takes a big toll. You have to be on the track and racing that last 100 miles."
DONNIE WINGO (Crew Chief -- No. 41 Target Dodge Charger) -- Being able to adjust it (the car) from daylight to night. The track starts out a little slick, so you have to have some adjustment in the car when it gets cool."
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