Michigan: Dodge Motorsport preview

* Dodge has won six of the last 13 races at Michigan International Speedway. * Kasey Kahne won the June, 2006 race at MIS, one of a series-high six wins for the No. 9 Dodge team that season. He started from the pole in the rain-shortened event...

* Dodge has won six of the last 13 races at Michigan International Speedway.

* Kasey Kahne won the June, 2006 race at MIS, one of a series-high six wins for the No. 9 Dodge team that season. He started from the pole in the rain-shortened event (called after 129 of the 200 scheduled laps were completed). Kahne has four top-five finishes in eight outings at the 2-mile track.

* Kurt Busch won the last race at MIS (September, 2007) after starting 15th.

* Charlie Glotzbach posted the first Dodge victory at Michigan, taking the win in the fourth Sprint Cup race at the track (1970), driving a Ray Nichels-owned Dodge.

* Two of Richard Petty's four wins at MIS came in a Dodge.

* Ryan Newman posted back-to-back wins at Michigan (2003-'04).

* Terry Labonte will drive the No. 45 Dodge Charger for the second consecutive week, filling in for Kyle Petty who is in the booth with the TNT team.


* The 12 Dodge teams entered in the LifeLock 400 will seek the manufacturer's 201st victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Dodge teams have posted 40 wins since the manufacturer returned to NASCAR's premier series in 2001 (including three this year) after being out of the sport since 1977.

* Kasey Kahne recorded the 200th win by Dodge in the Sprint Cup Series with his victory in the Pocono 500. It was Kahne's third win in four weeks (including the Sprint All-Star Race).


* The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at MIS took the green flag on June 15, 1969, with 38 cars starting the race and 17 taking the checkered flag. Cale Yarborough survives a brush with LeeRoy Yarbrough on the final lap to win in the inaugural Motor State 500.

* The second race at MIS in 1969 was scheduled for 600 miles (300 laps) at the two-mile oval. The Yankee 600 turned out to be much shorter as rain halted the action after 165 laps (330 miles). The next year, the event was reduced to 400 miles and has remained at that distance since (1970).

* Three races at MIS have been caution free. The most recent was the June, 1999 event.


* Kurt Busch will be signing autographs at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills (Mich.) from 6:00 -- 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13.

* Kasey Kahne will visit Van Dyke Dodge in Warren (Mich.) and sign autographs from 6 -- 8 p.m. Thursday (June 13).

* Kurt Busch is the youngest MIS winner (24 years, 10 months, 11 days) 6/15/2003.

* Since the track's first Cup race in 1969, Bobby Labonte (1995) is one of only four drivers to sweep both annual Cup races at MIS. In addition to Labonte, the list includes Bobby Allison (1971), David Pearson (1972), Cale Yarborough (1983) and Bill Elliott (1985, '86).


* Sam Hornish Jr. -- The three-time IndyCar Series champion and 2006 Indy 500 winner was involved in a couple of mishaps and had a disappointing finish (41st) at Pocono, but remains in the top 35 in owner points. He trails Regan Smith by three in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings, 137-134.

* Dario Franchitti -- The 2007 Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Series champion returned to Sprint Cup competition last week after being sidelined with an ankle injury since April.

* Patrick Carpentier -- The driver of the No. 10 Dodge Charger from Gillett Evernham Motorsports has been outside the top 35 in owner points all season, but has successfully qualified for the last nine Sprint Cup events.

"NEW CAR 101"

* The third in a series of classes on the new car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is set for Friday, June 13, at Michigan International Speedway. New Car 101, presented by Dodge Motorsports, will focus on the equipment on a team crash cart. The instructors will be Howard Comstock from Dodge Engineering and Chris Sweeny from Gillett Evernham Motorsports. The class will be conducted adjacent to the Infield Media Center just inside the gate to the Sprint Cup garage. Get an up-close look at a collision repair center on wheels.

Ryan Newman

"My dad (Greg Newman) said that Father's Day came early for him this year when we won the Daytona 500. I think in his eyes, every win is a gift and he treasures it. It's pretty unique to have my father as my spotter. He's been spotting for me in the Cup Series since 2006 and he did my Nationwide races for me in 2005. I tell everyone that it has been a series of high fives and arguments ever since he started spotting for me. But in reality, it just makes sense to have him as my spotter because he knows me and my racing style better than anyone else. He's been with me for every step of my career since I was four-and-a-half and just starting to race quarter-midgets. I would really like to give him a Father's Day present on Sunday - and the best one I could give him would be a win at Michigan."

Sam Hornish Jr

"I'm really looking forward to this weekend in Michigan. To spend Father's Day close to home with my family and my dad is very special to me. I remember going to Michigan International Speedway as a child with my dad and some of my fondest memories are from there."

Bobby Labonte

"I couldn't think of a better way to help our family celebrate Father's Day than to have my brother (Terry) as my teammate. I hope our father will enjoy watching us race together. Our father is the single most important reason for our driving careers. A lot of the success that I've had on the racetrack is a result of coming from a racing family."

Kurt Busch

"We were able to put together a tremendous competitive run last summer and, against all odds, came back to make the Chase. We are certainly hoping that we can stage such a comeback like that this year, too."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Bobby Labonte , Terry Labonte , Kyle Petty , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Patrick Carpentier , Dario Franchitti , Richard Petty , Kasey Kahne , Regan Smith , Bobby Allison , Charlie Glotzbach , Cale Yarborough , Sam Hornish Jr. , Sam Hornis