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Dover International Speedway

Records
Date Series Driver Speed

9/21/97 Sprint Cup Race Mark Martin 133.00
6/6/04 Sprint Cup Qualifying Jeremy Mayfield 161.522
9/26/09 Nationwide Race Clint Bowyer 122.00
5/15/10 Nationwide Qualifying Kyle Busch 158.228
6/2/06 Camping World Truck Race Mark Martin 120.00
6/4/05 Camping World Truck Qualifying David Starr 157.577

Most Cup Wins (since 1975)

Jimmie Johnson: 6



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Dover International Speedway

OneMain Financial 200
What: Race 29 of 34 on Nationwide circuit
Where: Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE
When: October 1, 2011 3:45 pm EDT ESPN2
Laps: 200
Track Length: 1. miles
Race Length: 200.00 miles


Nationwide
Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse
5/14/11 5-hour ENERGY 200 Carl Edwards Carl Edwards Ford $1,014,243
5/15/10 Heluva Good! 200 Kyle Busch Kyle Busch Toyota $1,166,666
9/25/10 Dover 200 Joey Logano Kyle Busch Toyota $1,166,666
5/30/09 Heluva Good! 200 Joey Logano Brad Keselowski Chevrolet $1,158,928
9/26/09 Dover 200 Kyle Busch Clint Bowyer Chevrolet $1,158,928
5/31/08 Heluva Good! 200 Carl Edwards Denny Hamlin Toyota $1,163,459
9/20/08 Camping World RV Sales 200 Kyle Busch Kyle Busch Toyota $1,163,459
9/22/07 RoadLoans.com 200 Greg Biffle Denny Hamlin Chevrolet $1,127,483
6/2/07 Dover 200 Denny Hamlin Carl Edwards Ford $1,127,483


AAA 400
Dover International Speedway


What: Race 29 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit
Where: Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE
When: October 2, 2011 2:14 pm EDT ESPN
Laps: 400
Track Length: 1. miles
Race Length:
400.00 miles


Sprint Cup

Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse

5/15/11 FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks Jimmie Johnson Matt Kenseth Ford $5,742,205
5/16/10 Autism Speaks 400 Martin Truex Jr. Kyle Busch Toyota $5,769,505
9/26/10 AAA 400 Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet $5,121,544
5/31/09 Autism Speaks 400 David Reutimann Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet $5,912,707
9/27/09 AAA 400 Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet $5,273,330
6/1/08 Best Buy 400 Greg Biffle Kyle Busch Toyota $5,864,924
9/21/08 Camping World RV 400 presented by AAA Jeff Gordon Greg Biffle Ford $5,233,851
6/4/07 Autism Speaks 400 Ryan Newman Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet $5,781,700
9/23/07 Dodge Dealers 400 Jimmie Johnson Carl Edwards Ford $5,132,767



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What: Race 20 of 25 on Camping World Truck circuit
Where: Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, KY
When: October 1, 2011 8:18 pm EDT
Laps: 150
Track Length: 1.5 miles
Race Length: 225.00 miles



Records
Date Series Driver Speed
7/8/11 Nationwide Race Brad Keselowski 138.00
6/18/05 Nationwide Qualifying Carl Edwards 181.287
9/3/10 Camping World Truck Race Todd Bodine 131.00
7/9/05 Camping World Truck Qualifying Bill Lester 178.141

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Location: Sparta, KY
Banking/Turns: Tri-Oval
Distance: 1.50 miles
Shape: Tri-Oval


Camping World Truck

Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse
7/7/11 UNOH 225 Johnny Sauter Kyle Busch Toyota $552,556
9/3/10 Built Ford Tough 225 Austin Dillon Todd Bodine Toyota $581,870
7/18/09 Built Ford Tough 225 Ron Hornaday Jr. Ron Hornaday Jr. Chevrolet $752,946
7/19/08 Built Ford Tough 225 Mike Skinner Johnny Benson Toyota $775,065
7/14/07 Built Ford Tough 225 Ryan Mathews Mike Skinner Toyota $767,050

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Dodge Motorsports Presents THE NUMBERS for the AAA 400

Posted By Press Release On September 27, 2011 Press Releases,Sprint Cup Series
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THE NUMBERS for the AAA 400
Dover International Speedway (all Sprint Cup [2] races)




0 – fewest cautions (6/6/71)

1 – fewest cars on lead lap at finish (11 times, most recent 9/15/91)

3 – fewest leaders (five times, most recent 5/16/82)

3 – fewest lead changes (10/17/71)

4 – number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend

6 – fewest laps led by race winner (Jeff Burton [3], 9/24/06)

6 – most poles (David Pearson)

7 – most wins (Bobby Allison and David Pearson)

13 – fewest cars running at finish (5/17/81)

13 – most leaders (twice, most recent 9/24/00)

13 – wins from each of the first three starting positions in 83 races

16 – most cautions (9/19/93)

21 – most cars on lead lap at finish (6/4/06)

29 – most lead changes (twice, most recent 5/18/86)

31 – fewest cars to start a Sprint Cup race (5/20/79, 500-mile race)

32 – different race winners

35 – different pole winners

40 – most running at finish (9/21/08)

90 minutes – approximate amount of time it takes to dry the one-mile, all-concrete track after a significant rainfall

103 – most caution laps (9/19/93)

491 – most laps led by race winner (Richard Petty, Dodge, 9/15/74)

2011 Caution Update

3 – fewest cautions this season (New Hampshire 2)

16 – most cautions this season (Daytona1)

206 – number of cautions in the first 28 races of 2011; includes 100 for accidents, 47 for debris and 28 for spins

1,004 of 7,943 – number of laps under caution in 2011

1,380.619 of 10,951.158 – miles under caution in the first 28 races

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Dodge Motorsports, 2011 NSCS AAA 400 Race Notes and Quotes
Posted By Press Release On September 27, 2011 Releases,Sprint Cup Series
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DODGE AT DOVER MOTOR SPEEDWAY




· Dodge has five wins at Dover: Richard Petty (2), Ryan Newman (3).

· Petty gave Dodge its first Dover victory at the 1974 Delaware 500. He led 491 of the 500 laps.

· Dodge has started from the pole 12 times at Dover. The first was by Bobby Isaac (129.538 mph) in 1970 and most recent by Ryan Newman (152.925 mph) at the spring event in 2007.

· Brad Keselowski will be making his fourth career start at Dover. He finished 13th in May race, his best finish in three previous starts. Kurt Busch finished 14th.

CHASE FAST FACTS

· Dodge’s Brad Keselowski qualified 16th and finished runner-up at Loudon. He is third in NSCS driver standings, 11 points behind the leader.

· Dodge’s Kurt Busch qualified fifth and finished 22nd at Loudon. He is ninth in the standings, 28 points behind the leader.

· The last time two Penske Racing Dodges qualified for the Chase was 2005 (Rusty Wallace and Ryan Newman).

· Dodge has not won a championship since the Chase format was introduced in 2004. Kurt Busch won the 2004 title before moving to Penske Racing in 2006.

· Dodge has won four Sprint Cup championships: David Pearson (1966), Bobby Isaac (1970), Richard Petty (1974, 1975).

DODGE IN THE CHASE: DOVER

· 2004: Dodge earned its first Chase victory as Ryan Newman led 325 laps en route to victory. Dodge started 1-2 with Chase contender Jeremy Mayfield earning the pole and Newman starting second. Mayfield finished seventh.

· 2005: The three Chase-eligible Dodges of Jeremy Mayfield, Ryan Newman and Rusty Wallace finished in the top-seven with Wallace leading the way in third.

· 2006: Kasey Kahne was the only Chase-eligible Dodge driver. He finished 38th after being involved in an early-race mishap.

· 2007: Kurt Busch was the Dodge representative in the Chase. He qualified fourth and finished 29th.

· 2008: There were no Dodges in the 2008 Chase field.

· 2009: Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne were the Dodge representatives among the elite 12. Busch finished fifth and Kahne eighth in the second race of the 2009 Chase.

· 2010: Kurt Busch was the single Dodge entry. He started eighth and finished fourth at the “Monster Mile” in the second event in the 10 race Chase.

THE DODGE BOYS

· Dodge has 211 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories.

· Dodge has four victories this season, three by Brad Keselowski (Kansas, Pocono and Bristol) and one by Kurt Busch (Infineon). Dodge’s most recent win came at Bristol. Keselowski led 89 of the 500 laps en route to victory.

· Dodge teams have recorded 51 victories since the manufacturer’s return to NASCAR’s premier series in 2001 after being out of the sport since 1977.

STAT OF THE WEEK

· Brad Keselowski has an average finish of 4.5 in his last nine Sprint Cup starts, including two wins (Pocono and Bristol) and eight top-five finishes. A 12th-place finish at Richmond two weeks ago is his lowest finish during the nine-race stretch. Keselowski has tallied 83 points in the Chase, second only to 94 by leader Tony Stewart. Kevin Harvick has scored 75 points in the two races.

2011 SPRINT CUP SERIES SEASON BEST

· Kurt Busch Start: 1st (Kansas, Pocono & Michigan)
Finish: 1st (Infineon)

· Brad Keselowski Start: 1st (Charlotte)
Finish: 1st (Kansas, Pocono, Bristol)

· Robby Gordon Start: 30th (Daytona)
Finish: 16th (Daytona)

Brad Keselowski
No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T
Birthdate: 02/12/1984 Wins/Starts: 4/81
Hometown: Rochester Hills, Mich. Crew Chief: Paul Wolfe

Highlights
· Has qualified for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in just his second full season with Penske Racing
· Career bests in wins, top-five and top 10 finishes this season.
· Surpassed $10 million mark in career earnings at Richmond
· Third in NSCS driver points – career best.
· Seeking first top 10 at Dover.

Kurt Busch
No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T
Birthdate: 08/4/1978 Wins/Starts: 23/392
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev. Crew Chief: Steve Addington

Highlights
· 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion
· In his sixth season with Penske Racing
· Has made the Chase field six of eight seasons
· Finished 11th in 2010 Chase standings
· Only Cup driver inside of the top 10 of driver points all season.

Robby Gordon
No. 7 SPEED Energy Dodge Charger R/T
Birthdate: 01/02/1969 Wins/Starts: 3/390
Hometown: Cerritos, Calif. Crew Chief: Sam Stanley

Highlights
· Last Sprint Cup win came at Watkins Glen in 2003
· No. 7 is outside the top 35 in owner points and must qualify on time at New Hampshire
· Best finish of eighth at the Monster Mile came in 2002

FROM THE DODGE ENGINEER: HOWARD COMSTOCK

“At Dover, it’s essential to maintain momentum through the middle of the corners. Even though it’s a one-mile track, the corners are a challenge. They are wide, but the number of lanes that are effective are few. It’s important to find speed going down the straightaways. But it’s essential to maintain some of that speed in the corners, that momentum, so that you can rocket off the next corner.

“Dover makes the engine more about torque than peak horsepower. The straightaways are short enough that you get to the horsepower peak very quickly. You can generate speed quickly, but then you have to negotiate that corner. You want to maintain as much speed as possible through the middle of the corner and then accelerate hard on exit. It’s the same process 800 times in the 400-lap race.”

DODGE QUOTES: ON RACING AT DOVER

“You have to stay on top of the handling situation all race long and that’s such a challenge – at least it has been for us through the years. The track gets rubbered-in and your car just gets tighter and tighter. Track position is always important and the fast pit stops and strategy from pit road is a must in getting you that. I mean you have to have raw speed but being able to adjust on the car during the race is so key.”
Kurt Busch (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T

“Dover is a place where I’ve had success and it’s a great track to race on. A lap around Dover is pretty spectacular. That roller coaster feeling you get climbing and falling off the corners is amazing. I feel pretty confident going back there and I’d like to think that Dover is one of my better tracks. (Crew chief) Paul (Wolfe) does a great job in making in-race adjustments and that is very important at Dover because the track changes drastically as rubber gets laid down. There are tracks that are temperamental due to the weather, but at Dover it’s the track rubber that can have you scratching your head.”
Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes – NNS Advance – Dover 2
Published on September 28, 2011 by Official Release
OneMain Financial 200

Oct. 1, 2011

Dover International Speedway



BRAD KESELOWSKI No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger R/T

Career Starts: 168

Wins: 15

Top Fives: 68

Top 10s: 97

Poles: 11

Career Highlights:

• Keselowski’s last NASCAR Nationwide Series win came at Chicagoland Speedway two weeks ago.

• He is the defending NASCAR Nationwide champion.

• Earned Penske Racing its first NASCAR championship last season.

• In 2010, set career-bests in wins (6), top five’s (26), top 10s (29) and poles (5).

• Set a NASCAR record 102 consecutive Nationwide Series races without a DNF (Did Not Finish) that ended at this year’s season-opening race at Daytona Int’l Speedway.

• First Nationwide victory came at Nashville Superspeedway (2008).

KESELOWSKI AT DOVER SPEEDWAY

• Keselowski is making his 10th career Nationwide Series start at Dover International Speedway.

• Highest starting position: Third – 2010 (spring)

• Highest finishing position: Win – 2009 (spring)

• Average starting position: 12.2 • Average finishing position: 9

• Laps Led: 20

DODGE QUOTES: “I don’t think Dover gets the recognition that it deserves. It’s a nasty racetrack and I mean that in a good way. Very few tracks are as physically demanding as Dover. It’s hard on both the drivers and the equipment. At no point during the race can you just log laps because, if you aren’t racing another driver, you are making sure that you keep your car out of the wall. For that reason, Dover is one of my favorite tracks. I was able to win there last year and we are running well enough that we can win this week, too.” Brad Keselowski – No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge

FAST FACTS

• Dodge’s Brad Keselowski has seven top 12 finishes in nine NNS races at Dover International Speedway.

• Keselowski won the 2009 spring race at Dover International Speedway, leading just the final two laps of the race.

DID YOU KNOW

• Dodge has one victory at Dover (Ryan Newman in 2005).

• Dodge has two poles at Dover (Kasey Kahne in 2004 and Newman in 2005).

• Dodge’s last Nationwide Series win came two weeks ago when Keselowski won at Chicagoland Speedway.

• Dodge has three NNS wins this season.

THE NUMBERS

• Dodge’s Brad Keselowski is seeking his fourth Nationwide win of the season this weekend at the “Monster Mile”.

• In his 2010 Nationwide championship season, Brad Keselowski’s average finishing position was 5.2 that included 26 top-five and 29 top-10 finishes.

• At Dover, Keselowski has one win along with three top-five and six top-10 finishes in nine-career starts.

• Brad Keselowski is seeking his fourth Nationwide pole of the season; he has 11 in his career.

DODGE IN THE NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES

• Dodge won its first Nationwide championship last year when Penske Racing’s Brad Keselowski claimed the driver’s title.

• Dodge is fielding two entries in the Nationwide Series this year from the Penske Racing stable. Sam Hornish Jr. joined teammate Brad Keselowski for a limited race schedule. Hornish has made nine starts this season. He scored a season high fifth-place finish at Chicagoland.

• Dodge has 38 wins in the Nationwide Series.

FROM THE CREW CHIEF: “Dover is another very tough racetrack where you have to race the track first and the other competitors second. Track position is important, so you have to place more of an emphasis on qualifying. This is one of Brad’s favorite tracks and we would like to tame the ‘Monster Mile’ this weekend.” Todd Gordon, crew chief, No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger R/T

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes – Chase Race Notes – Dover Motor Speedway
Published on September 30, 2011 by Official Release


CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP

Chase Race No. 3 – Dover Motor Speedway – Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011

· Brad Keselowski – No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T

o Finished 13th in first race at Dover in May (career best at Dover)

o Started ninth, finished on lead lap

o Will be making his fifth start at “The Monster Mile”

o Has eight top-10 finishes in last night races

o Dover avg. start: 20.0 Dover avg. finish: 17.7



· Kurt Busch – No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T

o Finished 14th in first race at Dover in May

o Making his 23rd career Dover start

o Has five top-five and seven top-10 finishes at Dover

o Has led 328 laps at “The Monster Mile”

o Career best Dover finish: Fourth (Fall – 2006 and 2010).

o Dover avg. start: 10.9 Dover avg. finish: 18.7



Results: Chase Race No. 2 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Sunday, Sept. 25



Summary: Brad Keselowski led Team Dodge with a runner-up finish – his eighth top five of the season. Keselowski started ninth, but struggled to run inside the top-20 the first half of the 300-lap event. Crew chief Paul Wolfe used race strategy, choosing not to pit on lap 174 under caution, to gain track position. Fuel mileage keyed Keselowski to a second-place finish, a career best at Loudon, moving him to third in the Chase point standings. Teammate Kurt Busch qualified fifth, but lost track position early and was never able to recover as the race had only three cautions. Busch finished 22nd and dropped to ninth in the Chase standings.



· Brad Keselowski – No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T

o Qualified: 16th Finished: 2nd

o Points Position: 3rd Gain/Loss: +3 Behind Leader: -11

o Highest points position in Sprint Cup career.

o Average finish of 4.55 in his last nine Sprint Cup races (best among all Chase drivers)

o Eighth top-10 finish in his last nine Sprint Cup starts

o Has completed every lap of last nine Sprint Cup races

o Has led laps in first two Chase races



· Kurt Busch – No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T

o Qualified: 5th Finished: 22nd

o Points Position: 9th Gain/Loss: -5 Behind Leader: -28

o Worse finish since Michigan (34th) in August

o Led once for four laps

o Only Sprint Cup driver to remain inside the top 10 in driver standings all season





Results: Chase Race No. 1 – Chicagoland Speedway – Monday, Sept. 19



Summary: Brad Keselowski earned a fifth-place finish in his first career Chase race. After qualifying sixth, Keselowski was a top-12 car most of the race. He managed to stretch his fuel window for the race’s final 53 laps, something several other lead-lap cars were unable to do (four ran out of fuel). Kurt Busch qualified third, led the most laps (63) en route to his 15th top 10 of the season. He finished sixth. Keselowski started the Chase 11th in the standings, 12 points behind the leader. Busch started the Chase nine points behind the leader in seventh.



· Kurt Busch – No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T

o Qualified: 3rd Finished: 6th

o Points position: 4th Gain/Loss: +3 Behind Leader: -11

o Led 64 of 267 laps – most by any driver

o Seventh top-five and 15th top-10 of the season.





· Brad Keselowski – No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T

o Qualified: 6th Finished: 5th

o Points Position: 6th Gain/Loss: +5 Behind Leader: -14

o Seventh consecutive top-12 finish.

o Career-best Chicagoland Speedway finish.

o Seventh top-five and 11th top-10 of the season.

o Since Indianapolis (August), has scored more points than any other NASCAR Sprint Cup driver, 289 to Jeff Gordon’s 262

DODGE AT DOVER MOTOR SPEEDWAY

· Dodge has five wins at Dover: Richard Petty (2), Ryan Newman (3).

· Petty gave Dodge its first Dover victory at the 1974 Delaware 500. He led 491 of the 500 laps.

· Dodge has earned 12 pole positions at Dover. The first by Bobby Isaac (129.538 mph) in 1970 and most recent by Ryan Newman (152.925 mph) at the spring event in 2007.

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes – Brad Keselowski Open Interview – Dover
Published on September 30, 2011 by Official Release


Friday, Sept. 30, 2011

Brad Keselowski Open Interview

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AAA 400

Brad Keselowski Open Interview



BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)

DO YOU THINK THAT JIMMIE JOHNSON IS OUT OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP OR IS IT JUST FAN CHATTER? “No, I don’t think that Jimmie (Johnson) is out of it by any means. He certainly can’t have any more bad races. I don’t think that you can have more than one race out of the top 10 and win this thing. We’ll just have to see.”

SO YOU THINK THAT HE’S OUT OF MULLIGANS? “I don’t know. Everybody says mulligan, but mulligan means different things to different people. I think that if you have a race from 20th to 43rd, yeah, that’s a mulligan. You can probably have one or two races in that 10th to 20th range. He’s obviously done that. That doesn’t mean that he can’t still win it; that team is pretty good.”

SO DO YOU THINK THAT JIMMIE IS STILL IN IT? “I don’t think that he’s out of it. I don’t think that it looks all that good. I think that we read too much into what position he’s in and not how many races are left and how far back he is. He’s really not that far back.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF TONY (STEWART) THROUGH THE FIRST TWO CHASE RACES? “It doesn’t surprise me at all that he’s won two races here to start it out. I think that if you look at last year, he started out really well at Loudon and didn’t get a good finish out of it. Obviously, he finished second at Loudon the first time that we were there. Chicago, Kansas, those tracks are some of his best; I’m not surprised by that. I’m more curious to see how he runs this week and places like Martinsville where, in the spring, he didn’t look all that good. I think that will be a true test for his team. I think that every team has tracks coming up that are going to be tough on them. I think that when looking at our team, we’ve had that moment. Loudon, for me, was one of our toughest tracks and we got through it unscathed. That’s what this is going to be about. It’s going to be about going to the tracks where you know as a team that you’re not going to be the best and get a good run out of it.”

WHAT’S THE KEY IN TAKING A BAD CAR AND MAKING IT GOOD DURING THE RACE? “Sometimes, I know the answer to that, sometimes I don’t. For us, the key is not losing our cool. Obviously, you have to have really smart people who figure it out. It’s very difficult. It seems like that’s the difference in our team; at start of the year, we weren’t able to figure it out. At this point, we are. I just think that it’s people working together, the chemistry that you build throughout the year and whether you’re able to have that or not. We have that.”

HOW MUCH OF IT IS WHAT’S WORKED IN THE PAST IS WORKING NOW? “There is certainly some good fortune for us last week and we finished second. In reality, we were probably a fourth- or fifth-place car. If you can run fourth or fifth, you’re going to catch some breaks, maybe win a race. You’re definitely going to be one of the top-two finishers. We’ve done a good job putting ourselves in that position and there is some good fortune that comes with that. There’s also a lot of hard work. I’m still proud of those finishes.”

IS THIS TRACK A WILD CARD JUST LIKE TALLADEGA? “I think as the circuit has evolved, Dover has become one of those tracks, one of the last true tests of man and machine. It’s a track that takes guts to drive it down in the corner here. It’s really fast. High banked. Bristol had some of those same qualities. The things that you build into you car to make it work are very similar.”

WHAT’S YOUR IMPRESSION OF THE CHASE NOW AS COMPARED TO BEFORE? HAS YOU IMPRESSION CHANGED? “No, not really. I feel the same way now about it as I did before. I just feel like we belong (in the Chase) as a team.”

WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER OF YOUR FIRST TRUCK START IN 2004? “I was thinking about my first time here in a Truck. I think about coming to Dover in my first truck start and my dad told me, ‘Alright, go out there and just run it half-throttle. This place is tough and I don’t want you to hit the wall.’ I remember those things. Now, you come here in Cup practice knowing that your first lap in Cup practice is going to be your fastest lap of the weekend and it’s going to be a qualifying run. You have to drive (it) down in there and commit to it and do all those things. I think about that a lot. I think about how far we’ve come.”

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU TO FLY THE AMERICAN FLAG OUTSIDE YOUR CAR AFTER YOU WIN A RACE? “When I think of this sport, I think of a sport of decadence. We’re not really producing anything but entertainment. I think of the people that make it possible for us to live this life and to do the things that we do. One of the first things that come to mind is the different causes, whether it’s the military and so forth. It’s more of a reflection as a whole of that and the rights that we have in this country to do things that are decadent. “

HOW MUCH IS FUEL MILEAGE ON YOU MIND HERE AT DOVER? “I don’t think that this will be a fuel mileage race at all. The tire fall off here, looking at our records, is over a second. With that kind of fall off I don’t think that it will apply.”

WHAT’S THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF KANSAS NEXT WEEKEND? “I think it’s the seams. They heat up, get slick and makes it hard on us.”

ARE YOU HAVING FUN RIGHT NOW OR ARE YOU JUST TOO FOCUSED ON WHAT’S GOING ON? I’m having fun, not because I’m in the Chase; I’m having fun because of fast race cars and a team that is putting it all together. We all believe in each other. I just really like the group of people that I’m around.”

WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO RELAX DURING THE WEEK? “A lot of sleep; as much as I can get. I do some things to have some fun, like having a group over and cooking out at my house. I’m not going to fly out to Tahiti or those things. I’m trying to keep it….just be me. I’m just trying to live a normal life, a normal live to me at least.”

YOU’RE NOT DOING ANYTHING DIFFERENT? EATING DIFFERENT? TAKING BETTER CARE OF YOURSELF? “Nope! Nope! Not changing a thing. I like the path that we’re down and we’re going to keep doing it.”

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON YOUR DETROIT TIGERS? “They better hope (Justin) Verlander can pitch every game. He’s going to have a sore arm.”

CAN THE TIGERS BEAT THE YANKEES? “Oh yeah. Absolutely.”

HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT THE FACT THAT IF YOU WERE ABLE TO COUNT YOUR BONUS POINTS, YOU’D BE LEADING THE CHASE POINTS RIGHT NOW? “Yeah, I get reminded of that quite often and I try not to think about it. I’m sure that’s a stat that I’ll get reminded of even more if we keep running like we are. There’s nothing that you can do about it, so it doesn’t do much service to dwell on it.”

TONY STEWART MENTIONED ‘LOSING DEAD WEIGHT’ LAST WEEK. WERE YOU CURIOUS AT ALL? “No. I really don’t know Tony all that well, so it’s hard for me to really comment on what he was talking about.”

IS THAT JUST A MENTAL ASPECT OF RACING? “I think that’s the whole year, not just the Chase. You’ve got to continue to limit your distractions to perform at a high level, any of your dead weight, no matter what it is. I don’t know what he meant by it. Obviously, it’s doing something for him.”

YOU SAID COMING INTO THE CHASE THAT YOU DIDN’T HAVE ANY PRESSURE. HAS IT CHANGED NOW? “I feel like if we get towards the end of this deal and we’re in position to win it, obviously the pressure will amp up. We’re still fairly early.”

IS EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO FROM HERE ON IN GRAVY? “Absolutely. Right now, I have expectation of our team to run like we have. If something bad happens, it’s not going to be a disappointment. It’s not going to be a disappointment from an expectation standpoint if it’s out of our control. The only way that I’ll be disappointed is if we make a mistake that’s within our control, that’s uncharacteristic of us. I feel fortunate to be where we’re at and I know that at any time, that can be taken away from you. If we just keep doing what we’re doing, we won’t have to worry about any of those things.”

DOES IT GIVE YOU AN ADVANTAGE? “I think there is something to be said for it. There’s something to be said for a team that just comes in, does their work and doesn’t think about it and doesn’t have to worry about it. I’m just glad to be a part of one of those teams.”

TWO RACES INTO THE CHASE, ARE YOU FINDING THE GUYS RACING YOU HARDER? “I really don’t see any difference. Everybody is racing hard and that’s good. It’s good for the sport.”

DENNY HAMLIN COMMENTED ON YOUR STYLE OF RACING THIS WEEK…COMPARING 2009 TO THIS SEASON? “There are certainly things that you do to progress and I think the best drivers in the sport progress every week. You learn something every week. I don’t think that I’m the same driver now that I was last week. I don’t know that I’m 100 percent different than I was in 2009 or 2010. There are certainly things that I look back on, when I watch a tape from those years, and say I’m doing that different or doing that better. I don’t’ know if I’d say that much. I think a lot of it has to do with when your cars are better; you look a whole lot smarter. You’re able to hedge your bets a little bit better, take lower-risk moves and still be successful.”

IS THERE A DIFFERENCE IN TRYING TO PROVE YOURSELF A COUPLE YEARS AGO VERSUS NOW? “There might be. That might be a question that I answer five years from now and say, ‘I should have done this a little differently or that a little different. I really haven’t thought about it that much. I think about doing all the same things that we’ve been doing and not changing a thing.”

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Published on September 30, 2011 by Official Release

Friday, Sept. 30, 2011

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Kurt Busch Open Interview

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AAA 400

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KURT BUSCH (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T)

HOW WAS YOUR CAR IN THAT FIRST PRACTICE? “The car feels good. The tire is a little bit more staggered this time making everybody a little bit on the loose side which is always good here at Dover. Dover is notoriously tough on right-front tires and you have the chance of being on the tight side a lot.”

IS THERE THE CHANCE THAT FUEL MILEAGE WON’T BE A FACTOR ON SUNDAY? “The likelihood is that it won’t be, but you never know what’s going to happen at the end of these races with fuel these days.”

IS THIS A WILD CARD RACE LIKE TALLADEGA? “This is more of a consistent race. Talladega is just such an unknown, that’s why it stands out.”

DO YOU EXPECT THAT PIR HAS CHANGED MUCH FROM THE LAST TIRE TEST? “We’ll see what happens when we get there on Tuesday. It will be tough with the oil coming up out of the track. And still the tire combination, is it going to be right or not? We’ll see. Wednesday should be a really good day out in Phoenix to get a gauge to see if the track is ready.”

LOOKING AHEAD TO KANSAS, WHAT ONE WORD WOULD DESCRIBE KANSAS SPEEDWAY? “It’s a tough track, but a fun race track. Kansas is a good atmosphere for a mile-and-a-half for everybody.”

WHAT CHALLENGES DOES KANSAS REPRESENT FOR YOU AS A DRIVER? “Turn Four. Turn Four is really tough. It has a tight corner exit. It gets really slick there on the race track.”

HOW DO YOU ASSESS YOUR CONFIDENCE AS A TEAM AND DRIVER SO FAR INTO THIS CHASE? “We’re two thumbs up. We’re right in the mix. It’s a long 10 weeks. You just have to stay upbeat about it no matter where you finish each week. “

IS THERE A GREAT DEAL OF PENSKE PRIDE KNOWING THAT YOU’RE TWO CARS ARE IN THE CHASE? “It’s great to put two Dodges into the Chase. We get a lot of pride and self-satisfaction in getting two cars into the Chase for Dodge.”

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Order Driver (No.) Car Qualifying Speed
1 Martin Truex Jr. (56) Toyota 159.004
2 Kurt Busch (22) Dodge 158.983
3 Paul Menard (27) Chevrolet 158.667
4 Carl Edwards (99) Ford 158.555
5 Kyle Busch (18) Toyota 158.548
6 Jimmie Johnson (48) Chevrolet 158.507
7 A J Allmendinger (43) Ford 158.430
8 Bobby Labonte (47) Toyota 158.325
9 Kasey Kahne (4) Toyota 158.284
10 Greg Biffle (16) Ford 158.165
11 Denny Hamlin (11) Toyota 157.888
12 Marcos Ambrose (9) Ford 157.715
13 Jeff Burton (31) Chevrolet 157.694
14 David Reutimann (00) Toyota 157.680
15 Brad Keselowski (2) Dodge 157.673
16 Regan Smith (78) Chevrolet 157.673
17 Mark Martin (5) Chevrolet 157.556
18 Matt Kenseth (17) Ford 157.501
19 David Ragan (6) Ford 157.439
20 Ryan Newman (39) Chevrolet 157.356
21 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) Chevrolet 157.198
22 Kevin Harvick (29) Chevrolet 157.171
23 Jamie McMurray (1) Chevrolet 157.041
24 Juan Pablo Montoya (42) Chevrolet 156.965
25 Landon Cassill (51) Chevrolet 156.822
26 Josh Wise (37) Ford 156.794
27 Clint Bowyer (33) Chevrolet 156.767
28 Tony Stewart (14) Chevrolet 156.760
29 Scott Speed (46) Ford 156.488
30 Brian Vickers (83) Toyota 156.433
31 David Stremme (30) Chevrolet 156.250
32 Travis Kvapil (55) Ford 156.230
33 Joey Logano (20) Toyota 156.060
34 Jeff Gordon (24) Chevrolet 155.966
35 Michael McDowell (66) Toyota 155.864
36 David Gilliland (34) Ford 155.709
37 Andy Lally (71) Ford 155.629
38 Reed Sorenson (7) Dodge 155.602
39 Casey Mears (13) Toyota 155.454
40 Mike Bliss (32) Ford 155.373
41 Dave Blaney (36) Chevrolet 154.992
42 Joe Nemechek (87) Toyota 154.752
43 J.J. Yeley (38) Ford 154.686
44 Mike Skinner (60) DNQ 153.820

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KURT BUSCH [2] (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 2nd

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING RUN? “You just have to man-up and get up on the wheel. I had a good run coming out of Turn 2 and I hit the rev chip so hard that I scared myself. I yanked on the wheel left and when the car landed, I had to steer right and then go back left. There is lot of action during a lap here at Dover. It’s one of those fun tracks that I just love to race on.”

TRACK POSITION IS SO IMPORTANT HERE; YOUR QUALIFYING EFFORT IS A GREAT WAY TO START THE RACE FOR SUNDAY? “This will be a great start for us on Sunday. We just need a smooth weekend. Right now, the Shell/Pennzoil Dodge is reacting just like we want it to in race trim. I think we have a fast race car.”

HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO GET INTO THE CAR AFTER A NIGHT OF RAIN AND A CHANGING RACE TRACK? “It’s difficult. I remember in years past when the track would be fresh from a rainstorm that it would be on a looser side. With this new car of tomorrow, with the way that it reacts, the way that things panned out, that we would be on the tight side of things this morning. When you’re on the tight side at the Monster Mile, it gives you a little bit of comfort, but at the same time, you don’t have the speed. We loosened the car up this morning anticipating the track coming to us. That’s just a sign of a team that’s confident in their car and their equipment, to make that type of adjustment even without laps in practice.”

ARE YOU SCARED ABOUT HAVING NON-CHASE CARS AROUND YOU TO START THE RACE? “No, it won’t be. We’re qualified on the front row, so you have to trust the guys right around you. It’s only lap one of a 400-mile race. I can’t wait for the beginning to see how it settles in. Does (Martin) Truex want to lead early or do we want that lap led and start adding to our tally of most-laps led. I really feel confident in our car. I hope that what we get out of Sunday’s finish will help our troubles last weekend, and that way, our Chase will be that much smoother for us the next seven weeks.”

YOU START UP FRONT AND YOU’RE KEEPING THE CHASE COMPETITORS BEHIND YOU: “Yeah, we definitely look at where the Chase guys qualify. Jeff Gordon [3] struggled today. A bunch of the other guys are right in the mix. You race your own race and let it pan out. You cant’ worry too early on in the race. Once you get to the final two pit stops, that’s when you’re looking at other Chase guys.”

BRAD KESELOWSKI [4] (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger R/T) Qualified 15th

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING RUN? “We ran a little bit faster than we did yesterday, so I was pretty happy. I gained a little bit with our Miller Lite Dodge. Our car is fast. I just missed it a little bit on my end. We’ll just have to keep working on it.”

HOW IS YOUR CAR IN RACE TRIM? “I think we’ll be pretty good. I’m pretty happy.”

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