Dover II: Dodge Motorsports preview

THE CHASE -- KURT BUSCH AT DOVER * Busch started 19th and finished fifth in the spring event at Dover. Busch was 34th at this event last year. * In the five fall Chase events at Dover, Busch has two top-five finishes. * In all 18 starts...


* Busch started 19th and finished fifth in the spring event at Dover. Busch was 34th at this event last year.

* In the five fall Chase events at Dover, Busch has two top-five finishes.

* In all 18 starts at Dover, Busch has three top-fives and five top-10 finishes.

* Busch has seven top-10 starts in the last 10 races at Dover.

* Busch is making his fourth Chase appearance and second driving a Dodge.

* Average start at NHMS: 10.9 Average finish: 20.5


* Kahne started on the outside pole and finished sixth in the spring event at Dover. He finished 26th at this event last year.

* In the one Chase event at Dover (2006) that Kahne participated in, he started 21st and finished 38th after being involved in a mishap on lap 172.

* In all 11 starts at Dover, Kahne has two top 10s.

* Kahne won six races in 2006 and finished eighth in the final standings in his only other Chase appearance.

* Average start at Dover: 15.3 Average Dover: 24.1


Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge

"We finished fifth at Dover in that race, but we feel like we probably had a car capable of winning/ We had to play catch0x2010up for much of that race and weren't able to show how strong our car was till almost the very end of the race."

Pat Tryson, Crew Chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge

"The biggest thing is that we've been able to put a really competitive Miller Lite Dodge under Kurt in the first Dover race and again at Bristol. If we can do that again this weekend, we know that he can get the job done there on Sunday."

Kasey Kahne, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge

"New Hampshire was a tough deal for us. You never know how the Chase is going to shake out. Maybe last weekend was our bad luck for the Chase and we got it out of the way. All that we can continue to do is what we have been doing. There are still nine races to go in the Chase and a lot of ground can be made up in nine races.

"Dover is one of those places that if you unload (the racecar) and you're off, you can get better, but you'll never get to where you want to be. On a race weekend here, you're package needs to be close when you start practice or you'll never really get there for some reason."

Elliott Sadler, No. 19 Best Buy Geek Squad Dodge

"Dover is a pretty good race track for us usually. We normally qualify really well there. But, Dover can just jump up and get you sometimes. I've had a couple run-ins with the Monster and he's won his fair share. Maybe this time I'll drop off an iPod from Best Buy at its feet with some calm music and try to put the beast to sleep for a couple days."

Reed Sorenson, No. 43 Valvoline Dodge

"Qualifying is more important at Dover than most places. You want a good pit stall because it gets pretty crowded on pit lane. But I like Dover and I think running as well as we did there last time gives you that extra confidence."

AJ Allmendinger, No. 44 Super 8 Dodge

"Our cars are getting better and our engine program is giving us good engines. Mike (Shiplett, crew chief) and I are improving our communications and our (pit) stops are great, so I'm pleased where this is heading."

David Stremme, No. 12 Penske Dodge

"Dover is a really cool place to race. It is like Bristol on steroids. It is considered a short track but has speeds like a superspeedway. You have to be on your toes all day. Things happen so quickly there. In the spring, we had a decent car in the race."

Roy McCauley, Crew Chief, No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge

"Dover International Speedway is a great track. It is demanding on the driver. It is only 400 laps but it is one of the longest races of the year. We need to make sure and keep our nose clean and be there at the end of the race. We have to keep ourselves in position all day and take advantage of every opportunity. We have made great strides in the last couple of months and this will be another good test to see where we shake out. We had a good car there in the spring and were caught up in a wreck right there at the finish. I am hoping we can capture the finish we deserve this Sunday afternoon."

Sam Hornish Jr. No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge

"The high-banked, concrete surface at Dover International Speedway allows for exciting side-by-side racing. It's one of the more unique tracks we race and definitely a fan favorite that produces some great racing at high speeds. It's a demanding track and it's important to keep the car turning well through the center of the corners. You have to remain patient at a place like Dover and work to position yourself so that you can run hard at the end."

Travis Geilser, Crew Chief, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge

"With the high-banked surface at Dover International Speedway, the transition into the corner has been compared to driving up a two-story building as the car loads into the banking. This poses a lot of challenges to keep the car balanced from the entry to the middle of the corners. The track also tends to get tighter as the race goes on and rubber builds up on the surface. So, keeping up with the track is very important through the race. We had a good car for the first race at the 'Monster Mile' and we are looking forward to this weekend."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Kasey Kahne , David Stremme , Elliott Sadler , Reed Sorenson , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske