DODGE AT AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY Three current Dodge drivers have won a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway. Kurt Busch (04/27/03), Elliott Sadler (09/05/04), and Kasey Kahne (09/03/06). DODGE DRIVER NOTES & ANCEDOTES Kurt...
DODGE AT AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY
Three current Dodge drivers have won a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway. Kurt Busch (04/27/03), Elliott Sadler (09/05/04), and Kasey Kahne (09/03/06).
DODGE DRIVER NOTES & ANCEDOTES
Kurt Busch (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) has the Auto Club Speedway track record for the most pole positions (3) -- 2006 (both events) and 2007 (fall event).
Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge) has posted top-20 starts in all 10 of his races at Auto Club Speedway. He leads all drivers with one or more starts with an 8.1 starting average.
Reed Sorenson (No. 43 Charter Dodge) has finished 21st three times at Auto Club Speedway in six starts.
Quotes of the Week
"We're kind of flying blind heading out to California because we've had no testing. We won't really know where everyone is with their cars until we get on the track. We're going to try and apply some of the things that we learned from Rockingham (testing) and go off of last year's notes. Hopefully we've learned enough during this off season that we get out there and unload with a decent car." Elliott Sadler, No. 19 Best Buy Dodge Charger
"I've been asked a lot this week whether I wanted the race to re-start at the end. You know, for the fan's sake I wish it could have restarted. I wish we could have given them 500 miles and I think everyone knows it would have been a pretty wild ending. For our team's sake, we would have loved to have had a chance to win the Daytona 500, but leaving there with a third-place finish isn't all that bad. I'm not going to complain." AJ Allmendinger, No 44 Charter Communications Dodge Charger
Allmendinger on California --"I want to do well at any track. But winning at California Speed0x7879 would be extra special. I have a lot of friends and family and I'd like to perform well in front of them. This is where the season really begins. We only run four restrictor plate races but we race a lot on the two-mile and mile-and-a-half tracks. The teams that do well on tracks like this are the teams that are going to be fighting for a place in the "Chase."
"When you look back at our record since we've been racing this (COT) kind of car, our biggest hurdle to overcome has been our competitiveness on the intermediate tracks, the mile-and-a-half and two-mile tracks," said Busch, who heads into California as the track's leading Coors Light Pole Award winner with three career poles. "Our big-track program is pretty respectable and we're finally getting a better handle on the short tracks and the one-mile flat tracks." Kurt Busch -- No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger
"It's hard to compare tracks to each other. I think California was built to be like Michigan but they're pretty different tracks. California doesn't have a lot of banking but it is a pretty fast track. I think, like every track, getting the car to handle in the corners is the biggest thing. It's a two-mile track and the front and back stretches are pretty long." Kasey Kahne -- No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger
"I have had success at Auto Club Speedway in the IndyCar Series and really enjoy racing there. I feel that this team has room to improve on our 2008 effort in Fontana and I believe we have the car to do it. In order to be successful, teams have to be able to keep up with the track as it changes. Tire wear is also a factor as tires tend to go away over the long run at Auto Club Speedway." Sam Hornish Jr. -- No. 77 Auto Club Dodge Charger
HOW WILL THE COMPETITION BE DIFFERENT THIS YEAR AT CALIFORNIA WITH NO OFF-SEASON TESTING DATA? "It'll be a lot different. We usually have the luxury of testing California and Vegas in January. Every year I think it seems like California gets rougher and rougher under the California sun. It seems like every time we go out there the bumps get bigger and the grip level seems to be less. We are looking forward to getting out there and getting a down-force track under our belts." Robbie Loomis -- Competition Director, Richard Petty Motorpsorts
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