Martinsville II: Dodge Motorsports preview

DID YOU KNOW? Lee Petty earned Dodge its first NASCAR victory at Martinsville Speedway in 1953 without leading a single lap. Herb Thomas led the final 127 laps until a check of the scoring cards revealed that Petty had actually won the race. No...

DID YOU KNOW?

Lee Petty earned Dodge its first NASCAR victory at Martinsville Speedway in 1953 without leading a single lap. Herb Thomas led the final 127 laps until a check of the scoring cards revealed that Petty had actually won the race. No change was issued on lap leaders.

DODGE MOTORSPORTS ENGINEERING QUOTE OF THE WEEK -- HOWARD COMSTOCK

"Seven of the last nine races in the Chase are all on high-speed, high-banked tracks. Exactly in the middle of all of that is Martinsville. Neither high-speed nor high-banked, Martinsville remains one of the biggest engineering challenges in Sprint Cup competition. At .533 miles in length with almost no appreciable banking in the corners, the great question is how can you accelerate, stop, and turn a 3,450-pound car 1000 times over 500 laps without failing any components. This is when all of that stress testing done over the years to all of those critical drive-line components is going to pay dividends."

DODGE DRIVER QUOTES

"We're coming back into Martinsville with a lot of confidence and a really positive attitude about racing there this weekend. We've run very well there through the years, but you wouldn't know that by just looking at the statistics. The biggest thing is that it's been seldom that we've been able to put together a whole race at Martinsville. We'd start out strong and not be able to get the good finishes we needed. Many times we've been strong enough to win a 400-lap race there, but the problem is that Martinsville races are 500-lappers, not 400."
    Kurt Busch, No. 2 Operation Home Front/ Miller Lite Dodge Charger

"At Martinsville, you just have to stay out of trouble, try to keep your nose clean and keep the brakes on the car as much as you can. It's definitely a tough track, but I feel like I am learning more and more of what I need to do each time we go there. I've been to all the tracks enough now that there have been good points that we've had during a race. I try to tell myself that if I run well like I have before, and don't do some of the things that didn't work out, we're going to run inside the top 10, if not better."
    Sam Hornish Jr. No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

"The No. 12 team had a very successful race at Martinsville in the spring. That was my Cup debut and even though I had a few Truck Series starts there, it was really like going there for the first time. We ran solidly in the top-15 for most of the day and we were able to bring our car home in pretty good shape. I was really proud of the effort that everyone put in. Hopefully, we can ratchet that up a notch or two and get a top-10 effort out of it this weekend."
    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. , Lee Petty