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DODGE AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY * Dodge has earned one victory in the seven Sprint Cup races contested at Kansas Speedway. Penske South Racing's Ryan Newman won the 2003 Banquet 400 by ConAgra Foods, edging out Gillett Evernham teammates Bill Elliott...


* Dodge has earned one victory in the seven Sprint Cup races contested at Kansas Speedway. Penske South Racing's Ryan Newman won the 2003 Banquet 400 by ConAgra Foods, edging out Gillett Evernham teammates Bill Elliott and Jeremy Mayfield.


Ryan Newman, No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger

On unfinished business at Kansas Speedway: "This is definitely a track where I can say that I have some unfinished business. For a long time, this team was criticized for being only a qualifying team, but this is one track where I don't have a pole. I came close one time when we started third (2003). And then there was last year. We actually qualified second--but our time was disallowed following post-qualifying inspection. NASCAR said that our roof was too low and rear quarter-panel was too high, so we had to start 42nd. I would like to go there this weekend and make up for last year and get the pole that I haven't gotten there yet. With eight races left at Penske Racing, I feel like I have unfinished business with this team. I really want to get another pole and another win with this No. 12 Alltel Dodge before the year is over. That's a goal of mine and that's been a team goal all along. And with a little luck, we have a good shot at getting to 13th in points, too."

Bobby Labonte, No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger

COT at Kansas: "The term 'COT' can officially be retired this weekend. It's hard to believe that there is a track left where we haven't raced this car now that we've been using it for the better part of two years. We've really come a long way with it, though. Early in the season it was difficult to get it to turn on the intermediate tracks, but I think we've seen over the last month or so that teams are getting it figured out. Chicago was a good race so I expect we will have another good race this weekend."

Elliott Sadler, No. 19 Garmin Dodge Charger

On Kansas: "Kansas is very similar to Chicagoland and Las Vegas. It's a big, fast 1.5-mile tri-oval with some room to race. We want to protect our racecar at Kansas since aerodynamics are very important at a track this size. Getting out front early and keeping an eye on track position throughout the race is also important since cars can become very spread out on long runs."

Kasey Kahne, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger

Talk about this weekend's race at Kansas: "I've qualified well and led laps at Kansas, but I haven't been able to turn it into a good finish. Every time that we go back to Kansas, the racing improves. The grove has gotten to be so wide that you can pretty much pass wherever you want to. Any track that you are able to search for that line to make your car work better is a lot more fun for the drivers."

Kansas races tend to turn into fuel mileage races, can you talk about the confidence that you have in Kenny Francis when it comes to those decisions? "I have a lot of confidence in Kenny (Francis) and all the calls he makes, especially with tires and fuel. We've played the fuel mileage game a few times and it has worked out in our favor and other times you are not so lucky. The guys keep working on our fuel mileage program with our Dodge and we continue to improve."

Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

On Kurt's little brother's (Kyle) chances of winning the 2008 Sprint Cup title? "That's way too much of a deficit to overcome in only eight races these days (of his brother's current 210-point gap to leader Carl Edwards after two of the 10 Chase races have gone into the record book). The problem he had this year was that they had all their good fortune during the regular season and the luck has really gone sour in the Chase."

Patrick Carpentier, No. 10 LifeLock Dodge Charger

On Kansas: "Kansas is the last track on the circuit that I haven't raced at. It's great to have come this far through the year. At the beginning of the season, there were so many tracks that I hadn't even seen before showing up to race on them. It presented quite a challenge but this LifeLock team was still able to run competitively and we expect nothing different this weekend at Kansas."

Kyle Petty, No. 45 Wells Fargo Dodge Charger

On Kansas Speedway: "Kansas is a great racetrack. They did a nice job with the transition in the corners and you have plenty of room to pass. I know they plan on applying for a second date and I think they should get one. You hear a lot of grumbling about the fact that we have a lot of mile-and-a-half tracks on the schedule, but Kansas is a unique racetrack that happens to be 1.5 miles in length."

Racing in Kansas: "The Kansas City area has always been a special place for me and my family. It began with our partnership with Sprint. They were the primary sponsor on Adam's car and have since grown to become a major partner of the Victory Junction Gang Camp. So when we started looking for a location for a new camp, Kansas City made sense for so many reasons. Not only did it have a central location, geographically, but the community really embraced the idea. It's that support that's allowing us to make a second camp a reality."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NHRA
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Jeremy Mayfield , Kyle Petty , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Patrick Carpentier , Kasey Kahne , Elliott Sadler
Teams Team Penske