DODGE AT TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY * Dodge's Brad Keselowski is the defending event champion at the Aaron's 499. Keselowski led only one lap en route to his first Sprint Cup win at the 2.66-mile, high-banked oval. * Richard Brickhouse drove a ...
DODGE AT TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY
* Dodge's Brad Keselowski is the defending event champion at the Aaron's 499. Keselowski led only one lap en route to his first Sprint Cup win at the 2.66-mile, high-banked oval.
* Richard Brickhouse drove a Nichels-owned winged Dodge Daytona to victory in the inaugural Talladega 500. The event was boycotted by many of the top NASCAR drivers. It was his only Sprint Cup win in 39 races.
BUMP-DRAFTING 101 -- TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY
Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger
"There are certainly plenty of ways to do it wrong. I think we've all figured that out by now. There are only a few ways to do it right; that's to not hit the guy too hard in front of you and you want to hit him square. You don't want to hit him too far to the right side or two far to the left side. You want to hit him right square in the center."
Kurt Busch -- No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger
"If you make your move too early or you're too aggressive, that means there's that much more time for things to backfire. Then there are times that if you go too late, you'll want to kick yourself for not going earlier. That's why you have to dig down and forecast what's going on out there on the track. You ask yourself if this guy is an experienced racer or is he one of the younger guys? Has this guy been fast or has he been slow? You're out there trying to digest all of that and play all your cards right while you're just inches from the other guy and doing 200 miles per hour."
Sam Hornish Jr. -- No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger
"I expect the closing rates to be much faster with the new rear spoiler. One of the areas that we've really been working hard on at Penske is our superspeedway program. I'm looking forward in seeing what we have with our Mobil 1 Dodge when we get to Talladega. The cars had a lot of closing speed and once they started taking (restrictor) plate away, the cars slowed a bit. The smaller plate just made it harder to get to each other.
Brad Keselowski -- No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge Charger
"Drafting is going to be more difficult; it will be much more difficult to time your runs. You're going to have more runs. The runs are going to come easier and go easier. The precision that you're going to have to draft is going to go up severely. The closing rate is going to be so much higher that your decision-making skills will have to be quicker. That's going to be a severe challenge."
FROM THE CREW CHIEFS
Travis Geisler, crew chief, No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge
"Despite all the changes to the cars heading into Talladega, it's not the most difficult track from a technical standpoint. It's more about how the cars are going to work together, draft together, and that means spending a little bit more time in practice than we normally would at Talladega. We want to make sure that Sam (Hornish) will be comfortable with how the car pulls up in traffic. Most of the work, because of that, is done at the shop and then you unload and you have what you have and try to make it work."
Jay Guy, crew chief, No. 12 Penske Dodge
On late race cautions: "You have to assess where you are with your car and how the car is handling. You also have to take a real hard look at how you're racing and who you're racing around. You go through a lot of situations in your mind. It's like being a quarterback, if somebody is coming off the edge, you know what you have to do to get rid of the football. In racing it's two tires, four tires, fuel and things like that to decide."
-source: dodge motorsports