Loudon II: Dodge teams "keys to success"

Keys to Success: Sylvania 300 -- New Hampshire Motor Speedway LOUDON, N.H. (Sept. 13, 2008) -- Each race weekend, random Dodge Motorsports crew chiefs, drivers, engine specialists and team members will give their insight on the 'keys to success'...

Keys to Success: Sylvania 300 -- New Hampshire Motor Speedway

LOUDON, N.H. (Sept. 13, 2008) -- Each race weekend, random Dodge Motorsports crew chiefs, drivers, engine specialists and team members will give their insight on the 'keys to success' for the upcoming race. This week, the green flag drops at the 1.058-mile oval of New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Sylvania 300.

Track:  New Hampshire Motors Speedway (race 27of 36 NSCS point's events)

Race: Sylvania 300
Track Length: 1.058-miles (300 laps)
Race Record: Jeff Burton, 117.134 mph (July 13, 1997)
Trivia Question:  How many points did Kurt Busch beat runner-up Jimmie
Johnson in claiming the 2004 NASCAR championship?  (Answer Below)

Patrick Carpentier (No. 10 Berlin City Auto Group Dodge Charger) "Track position is always the key to a good finish at Loudon. Since qualifying was rained out, those guys higher in points will be in position to score better finishes. Things like mechanical grip and having a good set of brakes under you are important too. The corners here are so long that you need to rotate the car really well through the middle (of the corner) to get a good run off. Get all these things right, keep yourself out of trouble and you should have a good day at Loudon."

Elliott Sadler (Driver, No. 19 Stanley Tools Dodge Charger) "Loudon is a tough racetrack and track position is extremely important. The track is flat which makes it hard to pass, so qualifying and pit stops become very important."

Roy McCauley (Crew Chief, No 12 Kodak Dodge Charger) "The key is just to have the car turn better in the center and not be so loose coming off the corners. If we can make the package better, I think we will have a good run at Loudon this weekend. It has been a good track for Ryan (Newman) and the No. 12 team, and we would like to continue that trend."

Answer to Trivia Question: 8 -- Busch is the only driver in the brief four-year Chase era to begin the 10-race championship run by winning the Week 1 event.*

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Kurt Busch , Patrick Carpentier , Elliott Sadler