Dover: Dodge Motorsports preview

DODGE AT DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY * On July 6, 1969, Richard "The King" Petty won the first race at Dover Downs International Speedway (now Dover Int'l Speedway). Petty won the Mason-Dixon 300, but the win didn't come in a Dodge.

DODGE AT DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

* On July 6, 1969, Richard "The King" Petty won the first race at Dover Downs International Speedway (now Dover Int'l Speedway). Petty won the Mason-Dixon 300, but the win didn't come in a Dodge. Petty gave Dodge it's first win at the one-mile oval at the second event -- Delaware 500 -- in 1974. He led 491 of the 500 laps

* In 1995, Kyle Petty won the spring event at The Monster Mile from the 37th starting position. That's 10 positions farther back than anyone has started and claimed the victory. Petty was driving for Felix Sabates at the time.

*          Ryan Newman posted the last win for Dodge at Dover, winning
the fall event in 2004.  He swept both races in 2003.

* Newman has started from the pole three of the last five events at The Monster Mile including the No. 1 spot in last year's spring race on the all-concrete oval.

* Bobby Labonte (1999) and Ryan Newman (2003) are two of eight drivers that have won races at Dover from the pole.

* Kurt Busch will debut PSC-569 at Dover, a new second-generation Dodge Charger from Penske Racing.

THE DODGE BOYS

* Kurt Busch made his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut at Dover in 2000. He started 10th and finished 18th in the fall event. He also competed in the Craftsman Truck Series event that weekend, posting a victory in his only start in a truck at The Monster Mile.

* Kasey Kahne became only the sixth Sprint Cup driver to sweep both events (Sprint All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600) at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Kahne was voted into the All-Star event by the fans. He led the final 17 laps for the victory and a $1 million payday. He won his second Coca-Cola 600 in three years, leading the final three laps in NASCAR's longest race. Kahne's win in the 600 moved the driver of the No. 9 Budweiser Dodge up to 12th in the season point standings.

* Dodge opened the season with Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch posting a 1-2 finish in the 50th anniversary Daytona 500. Dodge drivers filled six of the top eight positions in the Great American Race.

DODGE ROOKIE CONTENDERS

* Dario Franchitti -- The 2007 Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Series champion returns to action this weekend at Dover, but only in the Nationwide Series. Franchitti has been sidelined since sustaining an ankle injury at Talladega. He practiced in the Sprint Cup car this week (Tuesday and Wednesday) during the test session at Pocono and is expected to be at the helm of the No. 40 Dodge Charger when teams return for the Pocono 500 next week. Jeremy Mayfield will drive the No. 40 Target Dodge Charger in the Cup race this weekend.

* Sam Hornish Jr. -- The three-time IndyCar Series champion and 2006 Indy 500 winner turned in two impressive performances at Lowe's Motor Speedway, finishing seventh in the Sprint All-Star Race (non-points) and a season-best 13th in the Coca-Cola 600 (points event). He is second in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings, trailing Regan Smith by one point, 117-116. The No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger is just outside the top 35 in owner points and must qualify on speed this weekend at Dover.

* Patrick Carpentier -- After a slow start this season, Carpentier has qualified for the last seven Sprint Cup events. Carpentier's No. 10 Bumper to Bumper Dodge Charger is outside the top 35 in owner points and will have to qualify on speed.

Elliott Sadler

"We can walk into Dover with our heads held high and feel good about what we did (finished eighth) last week at Lowe's. We stayed in the game and Rodney (Childers, team director) and the pit crew did a good job on their end. It was the complete deal and gave us a top-10 finish. And, with Best Buy sponsoring the race itself this weekend, we really want to have a great performance for them. I like Dover. I've led a few races there and enjoy the high-banked action on the concrete. You absolutely have to go for track position there because if you get caught up in some of the stuff that goes on in the back of the pack, you're day is done in an instant."

Kurt Busch

"There's plenty of time left (to make The Chase), so we're not flipping out or getting all bent out of shape. We've only completed 12 races as of now, so that means we have another 14 races to go before it's decided who makes it and who doesn't. We're smart enough to know that there is so much that can change between now and then.

"There will be guys falling out of the top-12 and other guys moving in many times between now and then. Just look at our season last year. We went from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows and back to the highest of highs during those 14 races. "It was a definite roller-coaster ride for us, that's for sure. We were in the Chase, out of the Chase and even hit rock bottom before bouncing back in pretty impressive fashion to make the cutoff at Richmond. Like I said, it's absolutely amazing what all can happen in 14 races. We were a textbook case of that being true during the season last year."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Jeremy Mayfield , Kyle Petty , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Patrick Carpentier , Dario Franchitti , Kasey Kahne , Regan Smith , Elliott Sadler , Felix Sabates , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske