Texas: Dodge Motorsports preview

INSIDE ENGINEERING -- TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series "This will finally be the test, the real test that is of the NASCAR mandated change to the (rear) deck spoiler from the old ...

INSIDE ENGINEERING -- TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

"This will finally be the test, the real test that is of the NASCAR mandated change to the (rear) deck spoiler from the old wing configuration. We've run the spoiler on the 95 mph Martinsville track, and we've run the spoiler on the 130 mph Phoenix track, but none of that will have prepared anybody for the effect we'll see on the 190 mph Texas Motor Speedway. It will be interesting"

FROM THE CREW CHIEFS

Travis Geisler, crew chief, No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

"Texas has been a good track for the No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge team in the past. Sam likes the track and there is always a good crowd for the race. This will be the first test of the new spoiler package with the 3.5-inch deck lid fin at a high-speed track. We had an opportunity to test with this at Charlotte Motor Speedway and we feel that we have a handle on the necessary adjustments that need to be made to the setup. The only question mark will be how the car responds in traffic. We are hoping for a good strong run to move ourselves up in the point standings."

Jay Guy, crew chief, No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger

"Texas is a place with a lot of unique characteristics. The track has bumps in turn 2 and has aged to where grip becomes a big factor late into a run. We want to set the car up to run the bottom, but yet, still have the flexibility to run various lines thru the corners. The package that we ran at Atlanta was very competitive and we feel that we can tune on it a little bit to give Brad what he needs this weekend.

DODGE QUOTES:

Kurt Busch -- No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

On the new rear spoiler at TMS: "I think teams will just really tip-toe up to speed there this weekend. It's hard to know just hard to push the car with it being the first time out. Then, we'll make adjustments from there. You may try to change some things and explore the aero situation. It's not like we didn't try some of the things when we did the tire and spoiler testing at Charlotte, but this will be the first real test -- the first time that all the cars and teams will be there at the Texas track together."

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

"The paving at Texas Motor Speedway is starting to get older and bumpier, which makes the cars slide around a little more. I guess you could say it's becoming more like Atlanta. It's not a normal cookie-cutter track but close to the other 1.5-mile tracks on the circuit. Those are places that have been good to me since coming to NASCAR but we would definitely like to improve our intermediate program. I feel we've been able to be very quick at Texas in the past, we just haven't gotten the finishes we that we really deserve." Brad Keselowski -- No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge Charger

"This will be my second race at Texas with Penske Racing and I feel like we learned some things from 2009 that we can apply this year. Our 1.5-mile program is starting to come together, but we are interested to see how the spoiler performs in what amounts to its first time in a true aerodynamic test. It should be interesting."

-source: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Brad Keselowski , Travis Geisler , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske