Dover: Dodge Motorsports preview

DODGE AT DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY * Dodge has five wins at Dover: Richard Petty (2), Ryan Newman (3). * Dodge has earned the pole position at Dover seven of the last 11 times qualifying has taken place. The pole winners were Ryan Newman...

DODGE AT DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

* Dodge has five wins at Dover: Richard Petty (2), Ryan Newman (3).

* Dodge has earned the pole position at Dover seven of the last 11 times qualifying has taken place. The pole winners were Ryan Newman (4), Jeremy Mayfield (2) and Rusty Wallace (1).

* Richard Petty Motorsports will compete with the Dodge R6P8 engine for the first time this weekend in the No. 9 Budweiser Dodge of Kasey Kahne. Penske Racing unveiled the new Dodge R6P8 engine last year at the fall race in Kansas in the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge driven by Kurt Busch and has integrated it into non-restrictor-plate races in all three cars from the Penske Racing stable in 2009.

DODGE DRIVERS:

Elliott Sadler -- No. 19 Stanley Dodge

"This has become such a big weekend for the No. 19 team over the last few years. Everyone on my team knows how important autism awareness is to me and my family, ever since my niece Halie Dru was diagnosed with autism at age 2. We always try to do as much as we can to help the folks at Dover promote this race and the cause. I think it's amazing that a racetrack has taken the name to its race and is now using it to help promote awareness for a good cause. I think that's awesome! I wish more tracks would get behind programs like this. I know that race tracks use their race naming rights as a source of revenue to help the race track make money, but it seems like the folks at Dover have found a way to get the best of both worlds by choosing a cause and finding corporate partners that support the cause to serve as presenting sponsors."

Kasey Kahne -- Driver, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger

"The key is having a car that can still handle well 30-40 laps into a run, and staying out of trouble. Dover is an easy place to get in trouble and once you are in trouble, it's a place that can end your day in a hurry. It's definitely one of the more mentally and physically demanding tracks that we go to."

Reed Sorenson -- No. 43 Air Force Dodge

"A lot of race fans don't realize how fast Dover really is. Your going over 150 mph on a mile track. That's fast. You don't have a lot of time to react when things go on in front of you. The turns are big and wide but the straight-aways are pretty narrow. You see a lot of multi-car wrecks because of that. Who0x00acever wins at Dover usually deserves it because there's lot of things that can go wrong."

AJ Allmendinger -- No. 44 Auto Value Dodge

"We need a good run. It's like we have been in a rut the last few weeks. I got into the wall pretty good early on at Charlotte and we just didn't have enough time to get the car fixed and get back up with the leaders before it rained. Our times were fast enough, I know we would have gotten our lap back. But that's been our luck of late. It can all turn around at Dover though."

Kurt Busch -- No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge

"I've been very fortunate through the years to not be a victim of Dover's tight pit road. We've had our share of run-ins with other cars and the wall that separated pit lane from the track, that's for sure. We've had several times where we were part of three-wide exits that tore up the sides of our cars. I can look back and think of at least three times where we had to come back around and hit pit road again in order to fix the bent sheet metal.

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield , Rusty Wallace , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Richard Petty , Kasey Kahne , Elliott Sadler , Reed Sorenson
Teams Team Penske , Richard Petty Motorsports