Pocono: Dodge Motorsports preview

DODGE DRIVERS Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge "It's a period of the schedule where if you can mount a good charge -- if you can thrive while many of the teams are burning out -- it certainly can pay big dividends down the stretch," said ...


Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge

"It's a period of the schedule where if you can mount a good charge -- if you can thrive while many of the teams are burning out -- it certainly can pay big dividends down the stretch," said Busch, whose Dover finish, his fourth top-five and seventh top-10 of the year, boosted his lead over 13th to 226 points in the current standings. "It can separate the men from the boys, that's for sure. With the great cars we're putting out there week in and week out, we're really looking forward to all the races this summer and we're optimistic about being competitive in all of them."

Kasey Kahne, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge

"The straight-aways are so long, you need to get all of the speed down them that you can so your car can come off of turn three as fast as possible. I've always liked the uniqueness of the three different corners and the challenge that it presents to the teams to set up your car to be fast at each of the different ends."

Pat Tryson, Crew Chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge

"We're really confident about all the upcoming races. When you look at what's ahead and see that it's Pocono, Michigan, Sears Point, New Hampshire and back to Daytona, it's easy to get excited. We've won races on three of those tracks already and I look for Kurt to be really tough out there on the road course (Infineon Raceway). Kurt is due for a win on the (restrictor-) plate tracks and I don't think it would surprise anyone to see him win at Daytona. I really looked at Dover as a big hurdle and we came out of there with a top-five finish. I think the next couple of months will be very good for our Miller Lite Dodge Team."

Sam Hornish Jr., No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge

"I can't say enough about the momentum of this Mobil 1 team. Last weekend at Dover, we had a phenomenal race car. It was a true test of patience for all of us to overcome a two-lap deficit after an untimely caution during green flag pit stops. We earned a top-15 finish in the end and gained four spots in both the driver and owner point standings. We're all looking forward to getting back on track in Pocono and continuing to move forward."

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

"Pocono is close to a home track for me since I am from Pennsylvania. It is one of the most unique tracks on the Cup Series circuit. The different banking and speeds in each corner creates a challenge to get the car comfortable all the way around the track. I always like going to Pocono because it forces you to get creative with adjustments to have a fast car. With a good run last week, the Mobil 1 Dodge is now 26th in owner points and I look forward to keeping our momentum going as we head into Pocono."

AJ Allmendinger, No. 44 Stanley Dodge

I don't know what we have to do to get rid of this bad luck, but we've had a black cloud following us the last couple of weeks. We know we are better than the finishes we have had of late. I'm confident we can turn this around. We really aren't that far off. On Sunday at Dover we were faster than a lot of those cars that had pretty good finishes. I think if you go ask most drivers they will tell you they like Pocono. Its something completely different. I'm not sure it needs to be 500 miles, but the track is pretty cool."

Elliott Sadler, No. 19 Best Buy Dodge

"Last week at Dover all four RPM drivers qualified in the top-10 for the first time this year, and Dover is a tough race track. We're starting to see all of the Petty cars up front a lot more than we did early in the season and we're all hitting on our setups and racing better. We've also had some bad luck that has hurt each and every one of us and cost us some points. Pretty soon everything is going to come together and this team and when it does it should be impressive."

David Stremme, No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge

"I really like Pocono. It is like a big road course. All three corners are different. The track is really fast and you have to be able to carry a lot of speed into the corners to be a contender. I know all three Penske cars will all be strong all weekend. I am really going to rely on Kurt [Busch] a lot. He has had a ton of success there and knows how to really get around the track."

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

"Pocono is a challenging track. The track consists of three corners and none of the three are alike. As a crew chief, you have to focus on one corner and work around the other two. I know David [Stremme] is excited about going to Pocono, which is good for the entire team. We had a successful test in Indy Monday and Tuesday and are looking forward to getting to the Pocono Mountains. Kurt [Busch] has had a lot of success at Pocono and we have all been working together to make sure all three Penske Racing cars have strong runs."

Reed Sorenson, No. 43 Valvoline Dodge

"Pocono is a driver's track. Each turn is dramatically different. Turn 1 is like Indy, Turn 2 is almost like a superspeedway and Turn 3 is flat like some of the short tracks. We ran really well at Dover. Probably should have had a top 10 before we had a problem late in the race. We can take a lot of momentum from Dover on to Pocono and repeat what we did last week."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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