CHEVY RACING AT DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY -- JEFF CHEW, MARKETING MANAGER, NASCAR, CHEVY RACING: "Thousands of race fans have visited us trackside at the Team Chevy Racing Tour so far this year at races across the country, and the feedback has...
CHEVY RACING AT DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY -- JEFF CHEW, MARKETING MANAGER, NASCAR, CHEVY RACING: "Thousands of race fans have visited us trackside at the Team Chevy Racing Tour so far this year at races across the country, and the feedback has been tremendous. Dover International Speedway provides a unique opportunity for the fans to see Chevy's full lineup of award-winning cars and trucks or spend some time testing their skills on one of our racing simulator games."
TEAM CHEVY AT DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY -- PAT SUHY, GM RACING NASCAR GROUP MANAGER: "Congratulations to Clint Bowyer, Shane Wilson, the No. 33 crew, and everyone at RCR for bringing home the win in the Chase kickoff race at Loudon this past Sunday. That win marked Team Chevy's 14th trip to victory lane this season in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. With nine races to go, all six of our Chevrolet drivers in the Chase still have a great chance to bring home the coveted Sprint Cup trophy. Chevy now leads the Manufacturers' championship point standings by 32.
"Coming into round two of the Chase in Dover, the second trip to the Monster Mile on the tour this year, all of our teams will be looking to improve their performances of the last visit in May. They've been analyzing those results and studying how the cars responded to their initial setups and changes during practice sessions and the race itself. Since the Cup cars will be running the same Goodyear tire combination that was used then, everything they learned is applicable to this Sunday's event. The engineers and crew chiefs will be able to fine tune their setups based on that data and hopefully come out with a better end result. Whether or not it's one of our Chase contenders or another Team Chevy driver, I'm looking forward to celebrating another victory this weekend in Dover".
TEAM CHEVY FROM THE DRIVER'S SEAT:
CLINT BOWYER, NO. 33 CHEERIOS/HAMBURGER HELPER CHEVROLET -- 2ND IN STANDINGS: "Confidence and momentum is everything in any sport I think. They both feed off of each other. The last month has been a lot of momentum and has brought a lot of confidence to our race team. I think, hopefully, we can continue to ride that wave as long as we can. If we could carry that throughout the Chase, we can be a force to be reckoned with, just like we were in 2007. That is the thing about my Chase, in my opinion, that is different from any other years. You don't have that dominate organization. You have got every organization in it that is very strong, very capable of winning racing and we have seen it all year long. Everybody has had their time in the sun. I think it is going to be the same thing. I think you are going to go into Homestead with anywhere from three to six cars with a shot at winning the championship. I think that is going to be big for our sport. Look at my races last year, we were good enough to run, as bad as our cars were, if we were in it, we would have finished fifth or sixth. You know, these are good racetracks for us. Dover is another one I've won twice in the Nationwide Series, but haven't always got the finish. And that's the thing about a race team, if we can get the finish like we run during the race, then we can win this championship."
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 SHELL/PENNZOIL CHEVROLET -- 3RD IN STANDINGS: "Dover is a cool race track. It's fast. But there can be a wreck off of Turn 2 that will swallow up 10 or 15 cars. We've been on both sides of that fence. We did run well there at the beginning of the year. Hopefully we can do the same thing when we go back. It's one of those race tracks that lets you know how fast you're going, not only when you're going around the race track, but if you happen to hit something. It's a fun race track but it can eat you up pretty fast."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT/LAW ENFORCEMENT MUSEUM CHEVROLET -- 5TH IN STANDINGS: "Right now, I'm only focused on making sure that we are a part of that factor when we get down to Homestead. Right now, it's kind of hard to get excited about that when you are sitting here being eighth after being seeded second all year long. The only way we are going to go see what we have got is get through the first three or four races. You know, there's a lot of tracks that I think we are really good at and there's a couple that we have to get better at. You know, I think that we'll just have to wait and see. You want to try to get a few races in. You know that you're going to have a bad week. It seems like everybody always does. But you don't want to start it off that way because then that means you have to put nine really good ones together."
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S/KOBALT TOOLS CHEVROLET -- 7TH IN STANDINGS: "Dover is one of my favorite race tracks so I'm excited to get back after last weekend's finish. We definitely need to get some points and get some things going. We couldn't pick a better track for the Lowe's team to go to in order to get some points. We're excited for it and looking forward to this weekend. Dover has been such a good track for us, it gets us really excited that we can hopefully run where we should and run up front and collect a lot of points; lead a lap or lead some laps. I'm going with what I know and going to continue to drive the car as I always have and Dover is a track that I just love driving. It's a really fast track with a lot of banking. The transitions from the straightaway to the corners are pretty crazy and actually a lot of fun to drive. It's like a grown up Bristol in a way where the intensity needed to drive the car is just like Bristol, but on a larger scale. Really demanding on the equipment, the driver and when something goes wrong there, you're not going to save it, you're going to hit something. It's a track where you have to take a lot of risks to run fast and that can come back and bite you."
JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CATERPILLAR CHEVROLET -- 10TH IN STANDINGS: "I think mental toughness is always important (to the Chase). It's easy when things are going well. You know what I mean? When things are going well, it's easy to be mentally tough. The question is when the chips are down, who is going to be mentally tough? The chips are going to be down for everybody at some point in this Chase and those will be the defining moments in this Chase and who can come through those........that's going to determine who the winner is. So I think mental toughness is real important and I think attitude is real important and not for only the drivers but for everybody on the team. There has got to be a desire to win it. You know, everybody wants to win it but the question is who is going to sacrifice to win it and what are you willing to sacrifice and be willing to give up? And I feel like my group of people will give up just about anything to win this thing and I feel like I will too. Short of our integrity.......we are not going to give up our integrity. But short of that we are willing to make a lot of sacrifices to do what needs to happen."
TONY STEWART, NO. 14 OFFICE DEPOT/OLD SPICE CHEVROLET -- 11TH IN STANDINGS: "Dover is a track that is kind of a two-phase deal. It is easy to get your car too tight in the center trying to get it to drive up off the corner nice and it seems like if you get it to rotate through the corner then it is way loose off. That's the two things that you really battle there. It is the sacrifice of which one do you want to be a little bit off to accomplish having a balanced car. (Getting out of Dover clean) is as important as the other nine that aren't Dover. It is one of 10. It is one-tenth of the equation. There's not going to be emphasis on one track versus another. We have to be setup for 10 races at 10 tracks. So, that is what we are doing."
RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 HAAS AUTOMATION CHEVROLET -- 13TH IN STANDINGS: "I've always liked Dover. It's just a track that driver's like, well that I like. It's absolutely one of my favorite tracks if not my favorite. I like the banking; I like the elevation changes. The concrete provides a different type of racing for us, because the track doesn't change a whole lot. Once you get your car right you can keep it right for the rest of the race. And for me, for whatever reason, I've always adapted well to racing on concrete. To me, the characteristics of the track make it both demanding and fun. It's really unique how you drop off into the corners and then climb up the hills onto the straightaways. At Dover, the entry into the corners is the toughest part. If you don't get a good entry, you're not going to have a good middle or a good exit. You have narrow straightaways and then the track opens a lot in the corners, so there is a good bit of give and take. To me as a driver, it is just a track that is a lot of fun and one that I look forward to going to each year."
JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 MCDONALD'S CHEVROLET -- 14TH IN STANDINGS: "Dover is probably the race that I'm most looking forward to, honestly. We ran really well there. We had some track bar mount issues. They broke off of both of our cars. But we ran really well at Bristol and Dover is one of my favorite race tracks and it's been a place I've been to winning more than once and if I were to pick one, that's my race, yeah."
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET -- 16TH IN STANDINGS: "Dover is always fun. Last time we were there, we ran horrible then something broke on the car so we are assuming something was wrong. Normally we run really good there. It is quite a challenge. It is fun. It is really a fast place and very interesting."
MARK MARTIN, NO. 5 DELPHI/GODADDY.COM CHEVROLET -- 17TH IN STANDINGS: "I have always been a big fan of Dover. From the first time I raced there, it naturally fit with my driving style. I've had a lot of success on that track. A lot of good race cars. A lot of Victory Lane memories. The racing is always so competitive and so exciting. The fans will see a great show on Sunday for sure. I know all the drivers love racing at Dover so it will be a good race. Not even a concrete racing surface can ruin Dover (laughs). Seriously, it's very different from the asphalt we are used to racing on. Concrete doesn't react to heat or the sun like asphalt does. They're incredibly different. I will say that when you lose your grip on a concrete track, the car will just snap incredibly loose. This is a track that takes all of your energy, all of your manpower. You have to manhandle that race car for 400 laps. It's a good time but you have to be ready for it."
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 88 NATIONAL GUARD/AMP ENERGY CHEVROLET -- 18th IN STANDINGS: "The team is coming off a good run, and we want to build on that. It's been awhile since we've had a good run at Dover, but it's a tough track. Dover is a rough track and that concrete is bumpy."
-source: gm racing