Pocono II: Dodge Motorsports preview

DODGE AT POCONO RACEWAY * Dodge has six wins at Pocono Raceway (Richard Petty (1974, '76), Bill Elliott (2002), Ryan Newman (2003), Kurt Busch (2007) and Kasey Kahne (2008). DODGE DRIVER NOTES & ANECDOTES * Sam Hornish Jr. earned his third...


* Dodge has six wins at Pocono Raceway (Richard Petty (1974, '76), Bill Elliott (2002), Ryan Newman (2003), Kurt Busch (2007) and Kasey Kahne (2008).


* Sam Hornish Jr. earned his third top-10 of the 2009 season with a 10th-place finish at Pocono in June.

* Elliott Sadler has not had a DNF in 21 consecutive races at Pocono, the longest current streak among active Sprint Cup drivers.

* Kasey Kahne is the last driver to win a race from the pole at Pocono (June, 2008).

* Kurt Busch has finished 15th or better in 13 of the 20 races in 2009. He has scored at least one victory in each of the last eight seasons.

* AJ Allmendinger has a best finish of 12th in four starts at Pocono.

* Reed Sorenson will be making his eighth Pocono start with a career-best finish of 20th.

* David Stremme has an average finish of 27.4 in five career starts at Pocono.


* Pocono Raceway has a unique design. The 2.5-mile layout has three turns, each modeled after turns at three other tracks: Turn One -- after now defunct Trenton Speedway, Turn Two (Tunnel Turn) -- Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Turn Three -- The Milwaukee Mile.


Kasey Kahne, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge

"I feel like we have as good a shot to win as anybody out here. I think we have a great car, great team. We've been running really well and have had some great races, some tough races. I think Pocono is one of our better tracks this year and think that we have a shot at making the Chase. That's the main goal -- that's what all the teams want to do for their sponsors and owners and the employees that work on these cars. Out of the 14 of 15 (drivers) goring for the Chase, I think that we have as a good a shot as winning from sixth on back."

Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge

"What we're hoping to do is have a big enough points buffer built on 13th after Watkins Glen that we can really go after the wins -- and the important bonus points for the Chase -- in those four races. It would be a great position to be in, using fuel mileage and pit strategy -- whatever it takes in going after wins and bonus points."

David Stremme, No. 12 Penske 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 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."

Sam Hornish Jr., No. 77 PPG Dodge

"We had a strong run at Pocono Raceway in June and were poised for our first top-five finish before it rained. This No. 77 team has shown a lot if strength at flat tracks this year with top-10 finishes at Phoenix and New Hampshire as well as here at Pocono and we are ready to build on that success."

AJ Allmendinger, No. 44 Hunt Brothers Pizza Dodge

"I feel a lot better than I did last year. I like where I am at. We still have a lot of work to do and I think those stats will be even better next season. We have had some great runs that don't show in the results. Pocono is a great example. We probably had a top ten finish here last time but ran out of gas on the final corner and finished 30th. We're better than the numbers you see.

"We put this deal together so late in the off season. (Crew Chief) Sammy Johns and my crew have done an incredible job. It's not easy in this sport. You run real well one weekend then struggle the next. You can never relax, but the reward is incredible. This is the toughest series in the world so it isn't supposed to be easy."

Reed Sorenson, No. 43 Air Force Dodge

"We are really happy how we have raced over the last couple of weeks. A 13th at Indy, we had top 10 cars at Chicago and Daytona before we had problems. We have the hard part down. At Indy we were able to finish and I expect the same at Pocono this weekend as well. It's a flat track and I think we will have something for them this weekend."

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

"Some of the other guys up in the point standings had tougher days than we did, so we managed to hold our own as far as the buffer back to 13th goes. We're not anywhere near locked into the Chase yet, so we have to still be conservative for the next few races. We can't let things like running out of fuel at Pocono and Watkins Glen bite us. That could be devastating. At the same time, we need to get our cars and engines a lot stronger. If we're fortunate enough to make the Chase, we have to be able to run consistently with those Hendrick cars. It seems like they just continue to get stronger every week."

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 back to Pocono, which is good for the entire team. We had a really strong race car there earlier in the summer and are going back with a similar setup. David did a great job last weekend in Indy, and we are going to try to continue to ride this wave of momentum."

Travis Geisler, Crew Chief, No. 2 PPG Dodge

"The team and I are excited about heading back to Pocono Raceway after a top-10 finish there in the first race of the season. We feel that our cars have been good at the flat tracks this year and we have been working hard on making our setup better for the 'Tricky Triangle.' The car will be easy to spot this weekend with the bright red and yellow paint scheme to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Penske Racing's partnership with PPG."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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