Michigan: Dodge Motorsports preview

DODGE AT MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY * Dodge has won six of the last 15 races at MIS. Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger "Michigan has been the site of a lot of special memories through my career, that's for sure. Of course, our...

DODGE AT MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY * Dodge has won six of the last 15 races at MIS.

Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

"Michigan has been the site of a lot of special memories through my career, that's for sure. Of course, our two wins rank up there at the top of our memory list. I think the fact that they were so different -- the way we won those two races -- really makes them so distinctive in my mind. That win back in 2003 was a big thrill because we were able to pass Jeff Gordon for the lead late in the race and then hold off Bobby Labonte at the end to win it. We never led a lap until about 25 laps to go. We had a great car that day for the short haul and it paid big dividends."

Kasey Kahne, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger

ON DOUBLE-FILE RE-STARTS: "Overall I thought it was good. It helped us some times and some restarts it hurt us. It all depends on if your lane takes off or not. We were racing with the cars that we should be racing. Whether you're a lap down and you're racing with the lap down cars or you're on the lead lap and racing with the lead lap cars. You do not have to pass guys that are just as fast and ended up a lap down because they had one bad run."

Sam Hornish Jr., No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

"Michigan is like Charlotte in that you have a lot of lines you can run -- but for the complete opposite reason: Michigan is a very low-grip surface. Very high-grip or very low-grip tracks mean you can find the best place for your car to work and get the best out it. Plus, Michigan is so wide, so there's even more choice of line. We are all looking forward to putting on a good show in front of my home crowd on Sunday."

Travis Geisler, Crew Chief, No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

"Michigan International Speedway produces some really good racing because the field can run three- and four-wide. The on-track action is always exciting and this Mobil 1 team is really looking forward to heading back to Michigan this weekend and continuing the forward momentum we have built over the past couple of months. There is also an element of pride this weekend with the track being so close to Sam's hometown. We hope to bring home another strong finish for the fans on Sunday."

Reed Sorenson, No. 43 Reynolds Wrap Dodge Charger

"We had some pretty good race cars lately. If you take a look at the last seven points races the No. 43's been pretty competitive, and not just on the No. 43 team, but all the cars at Richard Petty Motorsports. I've finished 20th or better in six of the last seven races, and what makes that more amazing is where I've started in some of those races. You put that with how the No. 9, No. 19 and No. 43 teams have been racing and I'd say we've made some pretty big strides. Our qualifying was great at Dover and at Pocono our team had a great 199 laps as a team, but that last lap kind of bit us pretty good and we didn't get the finishes that our team really deserved."

Elliott Sadler, No. 19 Best Buy Dodge Charger

"I love coming to Michigan for the race! It's one of the most fun racetracks from a driver's perspective that we visit. It's big, fast, wide and there is some of the best racing on the circuit. The track has multiple grooves, so if you're car isn't working in one place you can just move up or down the racetrack until you find a spot that works for you. "I've always run pretty well at Michigan and I'm hoping that continues this weekend. I'd love to lead some laps and race up front all day. I think with the progress that Richard Petty Motorsports has show in the last couple weeks that we can make a strong showing in our Best Buy Dodge and maybe race up front with some of our teammates for most of the day."

AJ Allmendinger, No. 44 Stanley Dodge Charger

"We had 199 great laps at Pocono. The last one stunk. If it weren't for bad luck I don't know what luck we would have. What can you do. You just keep on racing as well as you can knowing its going to turn sooner or later."

David Stremme, No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge Charger

"Michigan International Speedway is awesome. As a driver, you can search the race track for different lines. If your car does not run well on the bottom, you can move to the middle or the top. Michigan is also special to the Penske Racing family. Penske Corporation is in Detroit, and we consider this our home track. It is also home to the "Big Three." We always want to run well so we have bragging rights for Dodge. We know we are bringing a great car to the track and are focusing on getting to the end. We have had terrible luck this season, and know how important it is to be there at the finish."

Roy McCauley, Crew Chief, No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge Charger

"Michigan is a great race track. You can move around all day long. We are always running two- and three-wide into the corners, which is great for the fans. It is a long race and track position is one of the keys to success. You need to keep the car up front all day. It is even more important now with the double-file restarts."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Kurt Busch , Richard Petty , Kasey Kahne , David Stremme , Elliott Sadler , Travis Geisler , Reed Sorenson , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske , Richard Petty Motorsports