Watkins Glen: Dodge Motorsport preview

Originally-From: Scott Sebastian <ssebastian@darnellcommunications.net> DODGE AT WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL * Dodge is seeking its first win on the 2.450-mile road course at Watkins Glen. * Dodge started 1-2 at the 2006 AMD at the...

Originally-From: Scott Sebastian <ssebastian@darnellcommunications.net>

DODGE AT WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL

* Dodge is seeking its first win on the 2.450-mile road course at Watkins Glen.

* Dodge started 1-2 at the 2006 AMD at the Glen. Penske Racing's Kurt Busch earned his sixth-career pole while RPM's Kasey Kahne started from the outside of Row 1. Busch lead 38 laps and finished 19th.

DID YOU KNOW?

* Nine races at Watkins Glen were won by drivers who took the lead for the final time with 10 or less laps remaining.

* When time trials have taken place, the pole winner has not won at Watkins Glen since 1998.

DODGE DRIVERS

Kasey Kahne, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge

I've always been a fan of road courses. I love that type of racing, but I didn't have any results to show that I was a fan of road racing other than qualifying well. I learned a lot at Sonoma. We had an awesome car. We did things in practice that we haven't done in the past and it worked. I look forward to it (Watkins Glen). We are taking our Sonoma car to the Glen so It should be a good race for us."

Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge

"If I had the opportunity to be a spectator, this is the weekend that I'd be sitting in the grandstands or glued to the tube. All of the ingredients add up to some potential out0x2010of0x2010control action there on Sunday. We're just hoping and praying that we can wind up on the good end of things at the end of the day."

Sam Hornish Jr., No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge

"The corners at Watkins Glen are fast and lead into the straightaways, so it's all about momentum. Brakes, track position and fuel strategy will be keys this weekend. There's a fine line between aggressive and smooth driving on a road course. You want to advance, but you need to remain on the course and to avoid damaging the tires and splitter."

Elliott Sadler, No. 19 Best Buy Dodge

"Watkins Glen is going to be probably the most fun race of the year to watch on TV with the double-file restarts. It's a big, wide race track that should allow for a lot of passing and some really great racing. I think it is going to be crazy from the drivers perspective, but just like with any road course--the trick is staying on the track and hitting your marks."

AJ Allmendinger, No. 19 Stanley Dodge

"Oh yeah we are excited. It's funny. I think we ran off the road twice at Infineon, fell down a lap, and still finished seventh. If we can just avoid stuff like that this weekend who knows how we will finish. I love Watkins Glen. It's got so much history and the campers there are pretty awesome. The smell of the campfires on Sunday morning when you wake up lets you know you are Watkins Glen. The race fans there know their racing. There's no other place like it in NASCAR."

David Stremme, No 12 Penske Racing Dodge

"I am really excited about going to Watkins Glen. It is a great track. We have spent a lot of time testing this car in preparation for this weekend's event. Every time we unload I seem to get more comfortable turning right. [Crew chief] Roy [McCauley] has been successful with his road course package and I know we will have a strong car. We just have to keep all four tires on the race track all day and I am confident we will have a strong run.

Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge

"If I had the opportunity to be a spectator, this is the weekend that I'd be sitting in the grandstands or glued to the tube. All of the ingredients add up to some potential out0x2010of0x2010control action there on Sunday. We're just hoping and praying that we can wind up on the good end of things at the end of the day."

Sam Hornish Jr., No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge

"The corners at Watkins Glen are fast and lead into the straightaways, so it's all about momentum. Brakes, track position and fuel strategy will be keys this weekend. There's a fine line between aggressive and smooth driving on a road course. You want to advance, but you need to remain on the course and to avoid damaging the tires and splitter."

Elliott Sadler, No. 19 Best Buy Dodge

"Watkins Glen is going to be probably the most fun race of the year to watch on TV with the double-file restarts. It's a big, wide race track that should allow for a lot of passing and some really great racing. I think it is going to be crazy from the drivers perspective, but just like with any road course--the trick is staying on the track and hitting your marks."

AJ Allmendinger, No. 19 Stanley Dodge

"Oh yeah we are excited. It's funny. I think we ran off the road twice at Infineon, fell down a lap, and still finished seventh. If we can just avoid stuff like that this weekend who knows how we will finish. I love Watkins Glen. It's got so much history and the campers there are pretty awesome. The smell of the campfires on Sunday morning when you wake up lets you know you are Watkins Glen. The race fans there know their racing. There's no other place like it in NASCAR."

David Stremme, No 12 Penske Racing Dodge

"I am really excited about going to Watkins Glen. It is a great track. We have spent a lot of time testing this car in preparation for this weekend's event. Every time we unload I seem to get more comfortable turning right. [Crew chief] Roy [McCauley] has been successful with his road course package and I know we will have a strong car. We just have to keep all four tires on the race track all day and I am confident we will have a strong run. Pat Tryson, Crew Chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge

"It's the same Miller Lite Dodge we debuted out at Sonoma (Infineon Raceway) back in June and we are looking for great things out of the car this weekend. Kurt is due for a great run on a road course and we're confident this car will give him what he needs to get the job done at the Glen. We tested another car down at Road Atlanta a couple of weeks ago (on July 21) and applied all our latest data into getting this car ready for the upcoming weekend. Kurt's a great little road racer and he really enjoys going to these tracks. I've worked with guys before that just dreaded the road courses, but Kurt is totally opposite in that he loves the challenge and a great attitude is a big plus on the road courses. We had a strong top-five run going out at Sonoma in the last road course race before getting dumped by the 48 car (Jimmie Johnson). So, we're coming into Watkins Glen with the mindset of getting the top-five finish that got away from us out there in California."

Travis Geisler, Crew Chief, No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge

"The Mobil 1 team and I are looking forward to heading up to New York for the race this weekend in Watkins Glen. We had a good race going at the last road course when some bad luck took us out of contention. We recently tested at Road Atlanta in preparation for this weekend and it went really well. With fuel strategy and track position being so important, I really like the challenge of making the right calls for road course races. We have some good momentum after our first top-five finish last week so hopefully we can build on that."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Kasey Kahne , David Stremme , Elliott Sadler , Travis Geisler , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske