Texas II: Dodge Motorsports preview

DODGE MOTORSPORTS ENGINEERING QUOTE OF THE WEEK After some side trips to the half-mile of Martinsville and the enormous 2.66 miles of Talladega, the series returns to the familiar confines of another mile-and-a-half speedway in Texas. Like it or...

DODGE MOTORSPORTS ENGINEERING QUOTE OF THE WEEK

After some side trips to the half-mile of Martinsville and the enormous 2.66 miles of Talladega, the series returns to the familiar confines of another mile-and-a-half speedway in Texas. Like it or not, mile-and-a-half speedways are a very big part of this series and two of the last three races are just that. You'd think the successful teams at Charlotte three weeks ago would be ready for Texas. But there's just enough difference in the two that setups here have to be extra mindful of the extreme loads that the right front tire sees. With corner entry speeds of 200 mph, Texas is a chassis punishing track." Howard Comstock -- Dodge Motorsports Engineering

"We won last November's Texas race and came back with another strong performance there back in April when we finished fourth. That was the first race with the spoiler, and it made a big difference as far as feeling the immediate impact of it. It will be good to get back out there. With the notes we have, we0xae72e definitely shooting for the stars again this time around.0xae8aKurt Busch, No. 2 Operation Home Front/Miller Lite Dodge Charger

"Texas Motor Speedway is not a normal cookie-cutter track; it's similar to Atlanta Motor Speedway where the cars slide around the older surface. The 1.5-mile tracks have been good to me since coming to NASCAR and I've had a lot of success at Texas in the IndyCar Series. It would be great to have a strong run this weekend for our friends at AAA."

Sam Hornish Jr. No. 77 AAA Dodge Charger

"Texas really is a unique racetrack, a unique layout. From above it looks like any normal 1.5-mile track, but the transitions into and off the corners are quite a bit different than Charlotte, Las Vegas or any of the other mile-and-a-halfs. There is a lot of banking into the corners, which means you can carry a lot of speed in and to the center, but you lose that speed on exit as the track flattens out. It's difficult because normally you can carry the same amount of grip and speed on both corner entry and corner exit. You have to adjust accordingly and sometimes that's hard to do at 180 miles per hour. It's easy to find yourself in trouble, especially off of Turn 2."

Brad Keselowski, No 12 Penske Dodge Charger

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Brad Keselowski , Sam Hornish Jr.