FROM THE ENGINEER "The Sprint Cup pole speed at Martinsville last weekend was 96.509 mph. The Sprint Cup pole speed at Texas last November was 195.397 mph. One of the great features of the Sprint Cup Series, and one of the toughest on engineers, is the widely diverse venues teams deal with every week. This week, going from the slowest track in the series to the reigning fastest track really helps to accentuate that point. Aerodynamics and flat-out horsepower took a back seat last week in Martinsville, but they're certainly at the forefront this week in Texas." Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Dodge’s Kurt Busch’s driver rating of 14.2 is 12th amongst current Sprint Cup drivers competing in the last six races at Texas Motor Speedway.
“Each place may look the same, but each driver and crew chief will tell you that it drives very different and requires you to work hard on your race setups. It’s a tough track, that’s for sure and it’s so fast. With this race being at night under the lights, I guarantee you that Texas will feel like it’s the fastest one of them all. There's just a lot of high speed action at Texas. You really have to get up on the wheel and grit your teeth. You have to push your car extra if you're going to make it stick and get that extra speed out of it."
Kurt Busch, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T
“Texas really is a unique racetrack and a unique layout. From above it looks like any normal 1.5-mile track, but the transitions into and off of the corners are quite a bit different than Charlotte, Las Vegas or any of the other mile-and-a-halfs. There is a lot of banking into the corners, which means you can carry a lot of speed in and to the center, but you lose that speed on exit as the track flattens out. It’s difficult because normally you can carry the same amount of grip and speed on both corner entry and corner exit. You have to adjust accordingly and sometimes that’s hard to do at 180 miles per hour. It’s easy to find yourself in trouble, especially off of Turn 2.”
You have to push your car extra if you're going to make it stick and get that extra speed out of it.
Brad Keselowski, No 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T
DODGE MOTORSPORTS QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“The cowboy hats, getting to fire the six-shooters, the whole big western theme; that’s a great trademark that Eddie (track president Eddie Gossage) and the Texas track have going for them. The celebration doesn’t end in Victory Lane as Eddie has always carried the winners around to the Speedway Club to raise a special toast to the massive crowd gathered there. It’s all just so cool and that’s about the best way that I know how to describe it.”
Kurt Busch, No 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger
-source: dodge motorsports