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Historical Data * Total Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Wins: 201 * First Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win: Lee Petty, 2/1/53, West Palm Beach, Fla., 100 miles, .5-mile track. * Last Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series...

Historical Data

* Total Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Wins: 201

* First Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win: Lee Petty, 2/1/53, West Palm Beach, Fla., 100 miles, .5-mile track.

* Last Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win: Kurt Busch, 6/29/08, Loudon, NH, 317.4-miles, 1.058-mile track, 2008 Lenox Industrial Tools 301.

* First Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win at Lowe's: LeeRoy Yarbrough, National 500, 10/16/1966, 130.743 mph avg. speed

* Last Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win at Lowe's: Kasey Kahne, Coca-Cola 600, 05/05/2008, 135.722 avg. speed

* First Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win at this event: LeeRoy Yarbrough, National 500, 10/16/1966, 130.743 mph avg. speed

* Last Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win at this event: Kasey Kahne, Bank of America 500, 10/14/2006, 132.142 avg. mph

DODGE AT LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDSWAY

* Kasey Kahne has won the first two events at Lowe's Motor Speedway in 2008 (Coca-Cola 600 and Sprint All-Star Race). No driver has every swept all three events in a single season.

* Kasey Kahne swept both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Lowe's Motor Speedway in 2006 in a Dodge.

* Ryan Newman has started from the pole six times at LMS including a sweep in 2003 and 2007.

* Bobby Labonte earned his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at LMS, winning the 1995 Coca-Cola 600.

* Current Dodge drivers Kasey Kahne (2006), Elliott Sadler (2005) and Bobby Labonte (1999) each have led the most laps in the 10 most recent fall races at Lowe's Motor Speedway:

* Kasey Kahne set the record for most laps led by a Raybestos® Rookie in the Bank of America 500 (since 1975). Kahne led four times for 207 of the 334 laps.

* Dodge has collected three of the last eight wins in the fall event at Lowe's (Sterling Marlin -2001, Jamie McMurray -- 2002 and Kasey Kahne -- 2006).

THE DODGE BOYS

* Kasey Kahne recorded the 200th win by Dodge in the Sprint Cup Series with his victory in the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway earlier this year.

* Kurt Bush gave Dodge its last Sprint Cup victory when he won the LENOX Industrial 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in June.

* Mike Wallace will replace Patrick Carpentier in the No. 10 Dodge Charger from Gillett Evernham Motorsports this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

* The Dodge R6P8 engine made its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Kansas Speedway in the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger driven by Kurt Busch. Penske Racing and other Dodge teams are expected to use the engine at other events this year. These are steps toward full implementation in 2009, well ahead of the 2010 mandate from NASCAR.

* Elliott Sadler's No. 19 Stanley Dodge will carry a special paint scheme this weekend in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Stanley is making a $100,000 donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure in support of the initiative.

LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY TRACK FACTS

* The inaugural event at Lowe's Motor Speedway was originally scheduled for May 20, 1960, but was delayed three weeks due to construction delays. The 60-car field took the green flag on June 19 with Joe Lee Johnson the winner.

*         The race winner has started from the pole 13 times in the 99
races at LMS.  The winner has come from the front row on 28 occasions.

* Only one race at LMS has been caution free. It was the first of two 100-mile qualifying races in 1961 and won by Richard Petty. It's the only year qualifying races were run at LMS.

DODGE ROOKIE CONTENDERS

* Sam Hornish Jr. -- The three-time IndyCar Series champion and 2006 Indy 500 winner is four points out of first place in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings. Hornish missed his first Sprint Cup race of the 2008 season last week when he failed to qualify at Talladega. Hornish finished 13th in the Coca-Cola 600, his best finish of the season in Sprint Cup competition. He started 20th.

DID YOU KNOW?

* David Pearson started from the pole 11 consecutive races at Lowe's Motor Speedway driving the Wood Brothers entry (1973-78). Add the two poles by Neil Bonnett in 1979, the Wood Brothers started first 13 consecutive races.

* The land LMS now occupies was the site of a working plantation during the Civil War.

* The first six fall races (1960-65) were 400-mile events.

* The track was repaved mid-season in 1994 and again before the 2006 season.

* The track name changed from Charlotte Motor Speedway to Lowe's Motor Speedway in 1999.

* The 2003 fall race was the first race at LMS to be run completely at night.

* On May 26, 2006, the Pixar movie Cars premiered at the speedway, on several monster screens.

DODGE DRIVER QUOTES

WHY DO YOU THINK THAT YOU HAVE HAD SO MUCH SUCCESS AT LMS?

"It's a track where I seem to know what the car needs to go fast. The line that you need to run here is so crucial. Lowe's Motor Speedway is such a sensitive track, you can really mess up here by missing your line by just a little bit or not slowing down quite enough getting to the white line throughout the race. It's a great track and hopefully we can continue to keep up the success here and get a win in the Bank of America 500."
    Kasey Kahne -- No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FROM HERE UNTIL THE END OF THE SEASON?

"The focus doesn't change that much from what we have already been doing this season. We are still learning about the COT and learning about the tires and how to make them work the right way at each track. It takes time, but we've come a long ways since this time last year and I feel like we still have a ways to go, but we are still progressing forward and that is the main goal. When we show up at the track from the time we unload we have improved from where we were last year. Our speed isn't that far off from where we need to be."
    Kasey Kahne -- No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger

ON THIS WEEKEND AT LOWE'S: "There's no question that any race at Lowe's is one of the biggest races of the year. This track, this town and these fans have been a cornerstone of our sport for almost 50 years. A lot of drivers want to win this race for different reasons, but the reason I like coming to Lowe's is because of that history and the legacy that this place has in our sport. I'm proud of my record at Lowe's because of that.

"October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I'm proud to drive the No. 43 Cheerios Racing/Pink Together Dodge on Saturday night to continue to raise awareness. Breast cancer has touched so many people that we all know a family that has been affected by this disease. No matter who takes the checkered flag on Saturday, we want to make sure that the Susan G. Komen Foundation is the winner. Look for special pink packaging on some of General Mills' most popular brands to help in this cause. Together we can beat this disease."
    Bobby Labonte No. 43 Cheerios/Let's Pink Together Dodge Charger

On LMS: "The Mobil 1 Dodge ran well at the recent test session at Lowe's Motor Speedway. In the spring race, we could only run the high line but we are now able to use the bottom of the track as well. If there's one place you want to do well at, it's Lowe's Motor Speedway because it hosts three big races each year. We have two starts there this season, and we were able to capture top-15 finishes in both the All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600. I think this Mobil 1 team is at least 50% better than we were at Charlotte in the spring, and I hope to improve on our 13th-place finish from the May race."
    Sam Hornish Jr. -- No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

ON A WIN THIS WEEKEND AT LMS: "I'm really excited for this weekend. We are bringing a car that should definitely give us a chance to win. It's been our best car all year and we are always racing to win. Winning in a pink Stanley/Susan G. Komen for the Cure car would definitely be a very special thing for me. With everything that has happened in the last year with my Mom it would mean a lot to win a race in this car with her in attendance."
    Elliott Sadler -- No. 19 Stanley/Susan G. Komen for the Cure Dodge Charger

ON IN-RACE ADJUSTMENTS: "When I look back through the years, especially since I came over to Penske Racing, our biggest problem has been in trying to make the right adjustments in order to accommodate the always-changing race track. It's always a challenge to be consistent throughout the race with the goal to be at your optimum strength in the latter stages of the race. "We're heading back this weekend, hoping to put together another whole race there on Saturday night."
    Kurt Busch -- No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

THE RECENT TEST AT CHARLOTTE: "I feel like I have probably logged more laps at Charlotte this year than anywhere since we have had two tests and two races there already. We tested there a couple of weeks ago, and it was one of the best tests we've had. There were a few hours where I felt we learned a lot about the car and how to make it handle just right at Charlotte. If we can take what we learned and transfer it over to the race, I feel like we should have a really good night Saturday. We came close to winning at Charlotte last fall. We were leading in the closing laps and had a problem with the car at the end that sent us into the wall and cost us a win. I guess that race is the one that got away. I sure would like to have the chance to be in the lead at the end of the race this time."
    Ryan Newman -- No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger

QUALIFYING AT CHARLOTTE: "I don't know why I have done so well at Charlotte when it comes to qualifying, but it is a place where I have always enjoyed taking those two laps. Charlotte is just a fun place to drive, and it has gotten better since they have repaved it as far as the surface and the grip are concerned. We didn't have a great qualifying run in the spring, and I want to go back there this weekend and get back to where I am used to starting -- the front."

Ryan Newman -- No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger

ON MIKE WALLACE AND A.J. ALLMENDINGER REPLACING PATRICK CARPENTIER IN THE NO. 10 DODGE CHARGER FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEASON: "We certainly appreciate all the effort that Patrick Carpentier made for us this year. But, our job is to put ourselves in a position to win races plus we're striving to get the No. 10 into the top 35 in points. We feel A.J. gives us the best chance to do both.

"A.J. has a lot of talent and if you look at his numbers you will see that he's only run in 38 races in his career. I think the more experience he gets the better results you are going to see and I hope that starts at Martinsville. He's demonstrated in open wheel he has the talent and I think his performance two weeks ago proves his worth in a stock car."
    Mark McArdle, vice president and managing director of competition -- Gillett Evernham Motorsports

ON THIS WEEKEND: "The 1.5-mile tracks are probably my strong suit, so I'm looking forward to this weekend. I've always been a fan of this racetrack and have dreamed of the day of competing here in the Sprint Cup Series. It's a tricky place and that's one of the reasons that I enjoy racing here. We ran the All-Star Showdown in May and had a good test here two weeks ago, so I think we can be competitive on Saturday night."
    Chad McCumbee -- No. 45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Sterling Marlin , Mike Wallace , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Patrick Carpentier , Jamie McMurray , Richard Petty , Kasey Kahne , Elliott Sadler , Chad McCumbee , Sam Hornish Jr. , David Pearson , Lee Petty
Teams Team Penske