Kansas: Dodge Motorsports preview

DODGE MOTORSPORTS QUOTE OF THE WEEK "We're definitely going to try to help Kurt out as much as we can during the Chase. Penske Racing is in a unique position to do something that has never been done before and that is win three championships in...

DODGE MOTORSPORTS QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"We're definitely going to try to help Kurt out as much as we can during the Chase. Penske Racing is in a unique position to do something that has never been done before and that is win three championships in three different series. Kurt is, obviously, the only driver we have in the Chase so we will play whatever role we can to help fulfill that side of our championship chase. We still want to win races ourselves, that is always the No. 1 goal, but there are things we can do and things we can try on our cars without jeopardizing the No. 2 car by having them run something untested."

Brad Keselowski, No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger

ENGINEERING TALK

"Some that complain about too many 1.5-mile tracks in the Chase are missing the mark if they include Kansas in that mix. The only similarity between Kansas and places like Charlotte, Texas, and Homestead is track length. With much less banking in the corners, Kansas average speeds are in the 175 mph range as opposed to the 190 mph averages seen at those other 1.5-mile tracks. Kansas requires a completely different and hybrid setup strategy that includes some flat-track thinking, some banked-track consideration, and hopefully some good notes from previous trips to this unique track."

Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering

DODGE DRIVERS

On the mental challenges of racing different tracks;

"Each race track has its own personality. It could be something that a driver struggles with -- like Turn 1 at a specific track that is hard to overcome. Or it could just be (its) basic layout that challenges a team as far as how they find their grip and to get the car handling well. A track like Kansas with the altitude there and the way that things shake up in the Midwest with weather mixture, you never know if the engine has the perfect combination."

Can you put into perspective how important the remaining 1.5-mile tracks in the Chase will be? "They do make up the largest quantity -- a certain style of track. Kansas is pretty different compared to Texas and Charlotte and Homestead. It's a challenging track. We only race there once a year. There are two tracks that we race at once a year -- Kansas and Homestead. There's that little bit of an uneasy feeling going there if you don't have a solid notebook because you only race there once a year and it's hard to find that speed."

Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

"We are going to these final races and are trying to do whatever we can do to help the No. 2 team. We know that by helping them, we're able to go through twice as many things because they are trying something that could help us as well."

Sam Hornish Jr. No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

"Kansas is quite a bit different than some of the more traditional mile-and-a-half tracks, like Charlotte and Texas. It's really similar to Auto Club Speedway in California. There are obvious differences in size as California is a two-mile track. Straightaway speed is not quite the same, but the corners are really similar. You can also run all over the track at Kansas, from the high lane to the low lane. It's a great racetrack."

Brad Keselowski, No 12 Penske Dodge Charger

-source: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Brad Keselowski , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske