Texas: Dodge Motorsports preview

DODGE AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY * Dodge has two wins at Texas Motor Speedway. Kasey Kahne took the victory at the spring event in 2006. Kahne had a series-high six wins that season. Former Dodge driver Ryan Newman won in 2003. DODGE DRIVER...


* Dodge has two wins at Texas Motor Speedway. Kasey Kahne took the victory at the spring event in 2006. Kahne had a series-high six wins that season. Former Dodge driver Ryan Newman won in 2003.


* Kurt Busch (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) has scored four top-15 finishes in six races in 2009. After six races in 2008, Busch was 16th in the point standings.

* Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) has collected five wins and 19 top-10 finishes (37 percent) on 1.5-mile tracks during his Sprint Cup career which began in 2004.

* David Stremme (No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge Charger) has five finishes of 23rd or better since a 33rd at Daytona including three top-20 finishes.

* AJ Allmendinger (No. 44 Super 8 Dodge Charger) is currently 15th in the point standings, 34 points out of 12th.


* Kasey Kahne is the only driver to win a Cup series event at TMS from the pole position. Kahne led 63 laps en route to his third-career victory in the 2006 spring race.


Sammy Johns, Crew Chief, No. 44 Super 8 Dodge Charger

ON AJ: "AJ (Allmendinger) is just a great communicator. He's a really fun guy to be around outside of the race car, but once he gets in the race car, he's all business. From the time that he came on board with us last year, I think that everyone in our organization saw the talent that AJ has and recognized it. So we've been trying to keep piecing that along. He's a really neat guy to be around. He's very playful when he's outside the race car, but when he's in it, he's all business."

AJ Allmendinger, Driver, No. 44 Super 8 Dodge Charger

ON TMS: "I'm pretty pumped about it. We ran real good at Atlanta before that yellow (flag) screw up everyone. If our No. 44 is as good at Texas as it was in Atlanta then Texas could be a fun afternoon. The Petty team is getting better and better at the 1.5-mile tracks."

Kasey Kahne, Driver, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger

ON TMS: "Getting into Turn 1 can be tricky. It's real flat and then as you are coming into the corner, you get into the banking. It's almost like you fall into the corner at 190 miles per hour. Turn 3 is similar, but it is not as drastic. It is a difficult place to get your car to handle the way you want. It is a great track, but you really need your car to handle well on entry to be competitive."

Kurt Busch, Driver, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

ON 1.5 MILE TRACKS: "We've really shown the spark we need on the intermediate tracks so far this season and we hope to continue that at Texas this weekend. The intermediate tracks make up half of the Chase races, so it's imperative that we really have our program where it needs to be on that tracks."

Sam Hornish Jr., Driver, No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

ON TMS: "I really like racing at Texas Motor Speedway, especially since I have three wins there in the IndyCar Series. I thought Texas would be a place where our team would've been better last season, but we had trouble early in the races and were not on the lead lap near the end. The big thing that I learned about racing in Texas is that you have to be patient during the first 75% of the race in order to be on the lead lap near the end. Also, you don't want to go too quick too early as tires wear falls off and you may find yourself racing to stay on the lead lap."

Reed Sorenson, Driver, No. 43 McDonald's Dodge Charger

ON DRIVER/CREW CHIEF COMMUNICATION: "It's about communication. Mike (Shiplett) and I are just starting out together so each race we work together we get a little bit better. We are going up against guys who've been together for years, but we are making progress. We go to lunch during the week, talk on the phone, and meet after practices. He needs to know what I want and need in the car so it's just a matter of communicating."

Elliott Sadler, Driver, No. 19 Best Buy Dodge Charger

ON THE HELMET THAT WILL BE AUCTIONED OFF FOR AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH: "It's awesome! These are my favorite helmets that I wear each year. I wear the helmet for the entire month of April in support of Autism Awareness Month and then at the end of the month we put the helmet up for bid on www.sadlerfoundation.org. This is our third year and so far we have raised over $13,000 for our foundation and autism related charities. For sports memorabilia collectors, they should know that each year we produce a brand new helmet design so that you are bidding on a one-of-a-kind item."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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