STATEVILLE, N.C.-- Coming off its second victory of the 2009 season on Sunday at Atlanta, Richard Petty has several goals for his four-car team in these final 11 races. Obviously, securing a spot for Kasey Kahne's No. 9 in the "Chase for the ...
STATEVILLE, N.C.-- Coming off its second victory of the 2009 season on Sunday at Atlanta, Richard Petty has several goals for his four-car team in these final 11 races. Obviously, securing a spot for Kasey Kahne's No. 9 in the "Chase for the Championship" is primary, but NASCAR's winningest driver said the Petty teams not in the Chase have a lot riding on Richmond Saturday night as well as the final 10 races of the season as they prepare for to join Kahne for Chase contention in 2010.
RICHARD PETTY-- "We need to get Kasey a spot in the Chase Saturday and then we need to get him on a roll once the Chase starts. If we can do that we can be a factor. I don't get into who's going to be the favorite and all that, but I'll say if the No. 9 can race like it did Saturday night and get the pit stops like they did Saturday night then if circumstances fall right they'll be a match for anyone. Circumstances decide a lot in this sport.
"The No. 43, 44 and 19 want to build some momentum in the final races. They've showed at different times this season they can be pretty fast. They have to put good runs together for a whole race. We expect performance out of them and the No. 9 has shown we have the equipment to do it. The off season is so short that if you get going here in these final races that will carry over to Daytona in 2010. All three of the drivers have just started working with their crew chiefs and we are seeing progress. Elliott (Sadler) and Wally (Rogers) are gaining on it, AJ (Allmendinger) and Mike (Shiplett) have had some success in the past. Reed (Sorenson) and Sammy (Johns) had the 43 going pretty good the other night before they got caught in someone else's wreck. I hope that all their hard work will show up in these final races.
"We're going to these final races with these guys with plans on winning. Our drivers as well as any driver out there will be driving just as hard as anyone in the Chase will be driving. There's a lot of racing left. If you are a racer you go when they drop the green flag whether it's a chase race or not. I think Elliott, Reed and AJ will be heard from before Homestead."
* Sunday's race marks Sorenson's 135th Sprint Cup race. He finished 12th in this race in 2008.
* Reed Sorenson will join Richard Petty and AJ Allmendinger plus others for the NASCAR Foundation track walk at Noon on Saturday at Richmond. Proceeds go to the Paralyzed Veterans of America.